Recommended is FACING MIRRORS (Aynehaye Rooberoo, 2011) the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character. Iran is a country where sex changes are supported by the government, yet the stories of those making transitions is little told.
Rana a traditional wife and mother, who is forced into the unusual situation of having to drive a cab to pay off the debt for which her husband is in prison. One day she picks up the wealthy and rebellious Edi, who might be her polar opposite. Edi is desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country. At first Rana attempts to help her new found purpose rendering her fearless, but when she realizes that Edi is transgender, a dangerous series of conflicts arises. Eddie’s family insists that she’s a woman, must remain a woman, and must marry her cousin.
Directed by Negar Azarbayjani and produced by Fereshteh Taerpour. Music Fardin Khalatbari. Cast Shayesteh Irani, Ghazal Shakeri, Homayoon Ershadi, Nima Shahrokh Shahi, Maryam Boobani
Monday, 13 January 2014 from 20:00 to 22:00 TICKETS
Jury Award for Best Film—2011 Montreal World Film Festival
Jury Award for Best Feature—San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Grand Prix—Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature—Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festiva)