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

 Saman Arastoo

Saman Arastoo

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.

 

 

Plus a post-screening Skype discussion with Saman Arastoo. 

Saman is an Iranian director, actor, playwright, screenwriter, and theatre teacher. Saman has enjoyed a rich and varied career in theatre and film, founding the Avaye Divanegan Theatre Group in 1983. Saman transitioned to male in 2008 and since then, he has regularly run the workshop "Self Cognition" in collaboration with trans participants. 

 

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. 

This event has been made possible by the kind support of Fabrica Gallery and the BFI's Film Audience Network, with the support of The National Lottery.