nazra: facing mirrors

This screening is part of our season Nazra: Queer Arab Lives On Film.

The screening at Fabrica Gallery will have closed captions (descriptive English subtitles) and the discussion will have British Sign Language interpretation. 

  Facing Mirrors

Facing Mirrors

  Legacy of The Imam

Legacy of The Imam

Facing Mirrors

Director: Negar Azarbayjani | Iran | 2011 | 98 minutes
In Farsi (Persian) with English subtitles. 

Set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors tells the story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops between a cisgender female cab driver and her passenger, a transgender man desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country to escape a forced marriage. While the cab driver’s initial instinct is to help, she is caught off guard upon discovering that her passenger is trans. What emerges is a connection between the two that challenges both social norms and religious beliefs, reflecting the paradoxes of modern-day Iran in which gender reassignment surgery is legal and prevalent, but social acceptance is not widespread. 

 

Legacy of The Imam

Director: Kouross Esmaeli | Iran and USA | 2006 | 14 minutes

In Farsi (Persian) with English subtitles. 

Maryam Khatoonpour Molkara made strides for the Iranian trans community in 2004 when she successfully obtained a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini to allow legal gender reassignment surgery in the country. Iranian-American filmmaker Kouross Esmaeli is invited to Molkara’s Iran Transsexual Support Society to hear the voices of Iranian trans people.

 

 

 

 

 

 Mathew Gagné

Mathew Gagné

 

Plus a post-screening Skype discussion with Mathew Gagné

Mathew is completing a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. His dissertation explores gay sex in the digital age among queer men in Beirut, to explore how new media has impacted intimacy and socio-political life in Beirut.

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email tickets@eyeswideopencinema.co.uk to reserve these.