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Facing Mirrors -- Rana has chosen a path in order to save her simple and traditional life while Adineh has fled her home and city to escape her complicated situation as a Transsexual. They find themselves on the same journey and caused to know each other in a better way.


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Fereshteh Taerpoor (co-writer)
Negar Azarbayjani (co-writer)
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Release Date:
24 October 2012 (Iran) See more »
Rana has chosen a path in order to support her family, while Adineh (Eddie) has fled his home and city... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Being a woman is hard enough. Being transgendered is harder. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Shayesteh Irani ... Adineh (Edi) Tolooyi
Qazal Shakeri ... Rana

Homayoun Ershadi ... Mr. Tolooyi
Maryam Boubani ... Akram
Nima Shahrokh Shahi ... Emad Tolooyi

Saber Abar ... Sadegh (as Saber Abbar)

Hengameh Ghaziani
Rabe'e Oskooyi ... Nurse

Directed by
Negar Azarbayjani 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Negar Azarbayjani  co-writer
Fereshteh Taerpoor  co-writer

Produced by
Fereshteh Taerpoor .... executive producer
Fereshteh Taerpoor .... producer
Original Music by
Fardin Khalatbari 
Cinematography by
Turaj Mansuri 
Film Editing by
Sepideh Abdolvahab 
Makeup Department
Iman Omidvari .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Mehran Malakuti .... sound mixer
Keyvan Nsirikhorram .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Alireza Gharekhani .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ramtin Firouzian .... still photographer
Majid Ghafari .... first assistant camera
Reza Ghafari .... camera operator


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Aynehaye rooberoo" - Iran (original title)
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98 min
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Did You Know?

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".

Fereshteh Taerpour.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Being a woman is hard enough. Being transgendered is harder., 19 October 2012
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

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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