Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo)

Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo)

dir. Negar Azarbayjani, Iran, 2011, 102 min.

Set in contempoary 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 arises. Directed by Negar Azarbayjani, Facing Mirrors is the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character.
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The Cinema Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Center, and the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and International House of Philadelphia, present the 2013 edition of NEW MIDDLE EAST CINEMA. Recently released feature films from several Middle East countries have been selected as the best to be presented to further the understanding of current Middle Eastern societies and cultures through cinema.

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Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo)

Friday, November 1 · 8:30 PM at International House Philadelphia

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