The documentary The Agenda: Why are so many people in the LGBTQ+ community agender?, aims to show people why some people are agender.
It will be broadcast in New Zealand next month.
The programme will be co-produced by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the New York-based Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and will feature the voices of transgender and gender non-conforming people.
Gavin Deacon, the director of The Agenda, said the film was an attempt to make a documentary about what is agenders identity.
“We wanted to make an accessible documentary that people can watch on their own terms, without preconceptions,” he said.
The film was filmed by filmmaker and agender artist James Meegan.
“It’s about agender and agenders own experiences, what makes them happy and what they think is important in their lives, and how that’s being challenged by the mainstream culture,” he told ABC Radio’s Newstalk Breakfast.
The project, which Mr Deacon describes as “a little bit of a cross between the TV show Queer as Folk and the documentary The Agender Manifesto”, was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
“There’s a huge gap in visibility in our culture,” Mr Deacons partner in the film, Hannah Wiles, told Newstakethrough.
“I wanted to use this opportunity to show other people what agender looks like and how people can find it.”
The film’s goal is to educate people about agenders experience, said Ms Wiles.
“In the film I’m trying to show that people have the power to change and that there’s hope that there are ways to make it better for people to live authentically, and also to make people more visible.”
The documentary will be a conversation piece about gender identity.
Ms Wiles said that the programme was also intended to challenge people to be more visible and to engage with each other more.
“People need to hear from each other, they need to be able to say something, they’re not afraid to say things that other people won’t,” she said.
“If they don’t, then they’re going to find that they’re just as much a part of the problem.”
“The Agenda is about agendism.
It’s about a community that’s really thriving and growing.”
The Agenda will air on ABC1, Newstaskr.org, on Wednesday at 11:00pm.