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Aynehaye rooberoo (2011)

Rana has chosen a path in order to support her family, while Adineh (Eddie) has fled his home and city to escape his complicated situation as a transsexual man prevented from living as his ... See full summary »

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Rana has chosen a path in order to support her family, while Adineh (Eddie) has fled his home and city to escape his complicated situation as a transsexual man prevented from living as his true self by his family. They find themselves on the same journey and caused to know each other in a better way. Written by Anonymous

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The message from the producer which appears at the end of the movie is:

According to unofficial statistics, one in every 200,000 children in Iran is born a transgender.Studies in genetic and other kinds of medical research to find the cause of such cases are being conducted by scientists and parliamentarians.

Finding ways to develop better relationships with these people, among families and the society, is the responsibility of cultural activists.

The fact that Iran supports these individuals from a medical and logical point of view as per Imam Khomeini's Fatwa, has been a great surprise to the world. Not only is it now easy to get a sex change operation in Iran but the government also provides loans.

Facing Mirrors doesn't claim to have analyzed or found a solution to this problem but it does try to take on a humanistic look at this dark corner of society in a dramatic way in order to support the idea that "denying or ignoring these people, is not the answer".

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Being a woman is hard enough. Being transgendered is harder.
19 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Iranian film Aynehaye Rooberoo was shown in the United States with the title "Facing Mirrors" (2011). The movie was co-written and directed by Negar Azarbayjani.

As we know, being female in Iran imposes certain cultural and legal restrictions. Rana (Qazal Shakeri) must work as a taxi driver to support herself and her child. (Her husband is in what appears to be a debtor's prison--the victim of a swindle.) Although a woman driving a taxi isn't illegal, it's considered highly dangerous and unsuitable. Rana isn't happy about her profession either, but she does what she has to do.

Adineh (Eddie), played by Shayesteh Irani, is transgendered. He/she can pass as a man, but needs a passport to get out of Iran and into Germany in order to have the surgery that's required. That in itself would not be impossible, but Eddie's family insists that she's a woman, must remain a woman, and must marry her cousin. The plot of the story involves the interaction of the two lead protagonists, and the interaction of each of them with family and society.

This movie is somewhat painful to watch, because both protagonists have such a difficult, uphill struggle with forces that they can't control. They simply cannot meet their difficulties head on, but rather must twist and turn to accomplish their goals. And, of course, the threat of direct, brutal, physical force is always hovering near them.

Just as a warning, I was confused about what was happening for the first ten minutes or so of this film. However, once the situation clarified, I found the movie compelling and riveting. It's definitely worth seeking out and seeing.

We saw this film at the Dryden Theatre, as part of the very impressive ImageOut--the Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival.


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