Jack is 28 and he was born and raised in that valley, where he is still living. He has a part-time job, a mother that is taking her husband’s retirement benefits since when she was 32 and an older brother, which moved to the outskirts of Milan for his job as a factory worker. His father died when Jack was just 3 years old, when he was still Jessica. Now Jack decided to start the transition female to male, in order to become what he has always felt to be: a man.
Through a daily life made of part-time jobs, pub friends and no hobbies, Jack starts asking himself about what being a man means, beside the physical characteristics, and what kind of a man he should be, wondering what type of masculine models are offered by his valley.
The authors have filmed the first testosterone injections, through the change of the data until the mastectomy surgery.
But, above all, they spent with him the long days of the industrial province where he was born and he still lives, seeking the answer to the question «what is a man?».
A man must be strong is also the first Italian documentary enlightening the intense and natural process of identity construction.