Facing Mirrors
AKA: Aynehaye Rooberoo
Iran, Germany  2011, 102 min

The first transgendered film from Iran is this excellent character driven drama which features two people of opposite backgrounds and social class who are accidentally brought together to share a journey.

Adinah is a young pre-op transman who is running away from a wealthy and influential father. Rana is a religious, traditional mother and wife who due to circumstances is forced to drive a cab. When she picks up Adinah—who is being chased by two men —Rana assumes she is a young man. As the journey progresses, Adinah reveals that he is transsexual. After an initial shock, Rana is able to overcome her discomfort and prejudice, and the two become allies. The situations run from tragic to touching as they forge an unlikely friendship. Sheyesteh Irani, one of the soccer match-crashing girls in Jafar Panahi's Offside, brings a subtle touch playing the role of Adinah. Common struggles in the trans community—which restroom to use, when is it safe to wear non bio gender clothes—are heightened in the tense Iranian landscape. Winner, 2012 Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature—The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. (Farsi with English subtitles) -- Suzi Nash

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Director: Negar Azarbayjani
Cast: Homayoun Ershadi, Shayesteh Irani, Nima Shahrokh Shahi
Screenwriter(s): Negar Azarbayjani, Fereshteh Taerpour
Producer(s): Fereshteh Taerpour
Cinematographer: Tooraj Mansoori
Editor(s): Sepideh Abdolvahab, Negar Azarbayjani
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