Be Like Others

An intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran, seen through the lens of those living at its fringes, ‘Be Like Others’ is a provocative look at a generation of young Iranian men choosing to undergo sex change surgery.

bild_1813Although homosexual relationships are illegal (punishable by death) in Iran, sex reassignment operations are permitted. In 1983, Islamic leader Ayatollah Khomeini passed a fatwa allowing sex-change operations as a cure for “diagnosed transsexuals”.

Be Like Others shows the experiences of male and female patients at Dr. Bahram Mir-Jalali’s Mirdamad Surgical Centre, a sex-reassignment clinic in Tehran.

One of them is Ali Askar, a 24 year-old man who faces harassment from other men due to his feminine appearance and behaviour. He does not want to become a woman but sees no other options for him in Iranian society. He decides to go ahead with the surgery despite death threats from his father and finds support from Vida, a post-operative transsexual he meets at the clinic. By the end of the film, Ali has become a woman named Negar. She has been disowned by her family, experienced depression and has had to work as a prostitute.

(Source: imdb.com; en.wikipedia.org)

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Original Title:

AKA:  Na ‘sai san tous allous

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Language:  Persian

Country:  Iran

Category:  Documentary

Director: Tanaz Eshaghian

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Run time:  74 min

Release:  2008

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