A Boy Like Her: A Personal Story About an Unavoidable Journey

The documentary ,,A boy like her” is about the Icelandic boy Halldor who believed from a young age that he was a girl. When he came to realize that his gender would not change even if he prayed and wished he soon realized that he only had two options in life – to take his own life or to undergo a sexchange.
As a teenager he went through terrible periods and people around him started to ask questions about what was wrong. He did not dare to tell his parents, family and friends that he was girl. He decided to move abroad and live as a girl in foreign countries. At the age of twenty he realized he had to return home and face his past.
With the population of only 320 thousand people, returning home was not easy. Only about 20 icelanders had undergone a sexchange and he wanted to become of of them.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    August 7, 2012, Bíó Paradís
  • Length
    62 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Hrafnhildur: Heimildarmynd um kynleiðréttingu
  • International Title
    A Boy Like Her: A Personal Story About an Unavoidable Journey
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    Blu Ray with English subtitles - HD QuickTime Prores with English subtitles

Company Credits


  • 2014
    Nordox Nordic Documentary Film Festival, Beijing, China
  • 2013
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Documentary of the year.
  • 2013
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2013
    Nordisk Panorama

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland
    Bíó Paradís, 2012