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Being a woman is hard enough. Being transgendered is harder.
Red-125 from Upstate New York
19 October 2012
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
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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