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.
Otherness Archive Note:
"This documentary mainly focuses on access to gender affirming surgeries in Iran. It follows several trans people, as they discuss very intimate details of their transition, having to defend themselves to family members and strangers, as well as talking about trans issues with Muslim religious scholars.
The director, being a cis woman, unfortunately does not use the best language to talk about trans people and has misgendered them in the documentary description. This was the first time I had ever seen Iranian trans people, in general, but also in a documentary.
One very mesmerizing person, and the only trans man in this documentary, who is unnamed, talks about how much women fancy him already, and that he cannot wait for his transition. Although he only appears for less than 3 minutes, the way he was unapologetic about his desires has stayed with me since the first time I watched this documentary as a teenager.
Although it might have been made through a difficult cis gaze, It is an important and raw documentation of the everyday lives of trans people in Iran."
- Katayoun Jalilipour, written on behalf of Otherness Archive for #TransLifeFreedom: A list of 5 Iranian films that center trans identities, gender non-conformity and queerness, with a focus on trans masculinity