Facing Mirrors (2011), with response from Elhum Shakerifar

Directed by Negar Azarbayjani, produced by Fereshteh Taerpour

Two people stand talking on the street

Set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and religious beliefs. Although Rana is a traditional wife and mother, she is forced to drive a cab to pay off the debt that keeps her husband in prison.

By chance she picks up the wealthy and rebellious Edi, who is desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country. At first Rana attempts to help, but when she realizes that Edi is transgender, a dangerous series of conflicts arise.

Ambiguously gendered person leans out the doorway of a car

A woman applies mascara in the rear view car mirror

We will be joined after the screening by Elhum Shakerifar, for a conversation about transgender politics in Iran and how they are depicted in the film.  Elhum Shakerifar is an independent producer, and programme manager for the Bird’s Eye View Film Festival, which celebrates women filmmakers. Elhum lectures at the Free University of Berlin, and is a research fellow of the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University. She runs international film education projects through Postcode Films, of which she is a co-Founder and Director.

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