Khastegi (My Sex Life)
KHASTEGI is an independent film following the story of several trans people navigating life in Iran, featuring non professional actors, a casting technique often used in Iranian cinema. This ‘docufiction’ follows trans actors as they deal with complex issues including family, relationships, faith, marriage, gender affirming surgeries, migration and financial issues.
"Although this is a low budget film, it does a good job of showcasing a somewhat in-depth representation of these lives. Especially as it showcases the complexity of the trans masc character’s decision to live as a man without undergoing surgery, and navigating struggles with toxic masculinity. What is a very big deal for me, is that unlike Facing Mirrors, the trans man in this film is shown to have more bodily autonomy in how he dresses and expresses himself."
- 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
KHASTEGI was shown in the official selection of the 65th Venice International Film Festival as the "surprise film" in 2008.