OFFSIDE is a film about a group of girls who make an attempt to enter the football stadium in order to watch a World Cup qualifying match in Tehran. Since women are not allowed in the stadium, they dress up as boys to pass through security. However many of them are unsuccessful and detained. This film is a heartwarming comedy, which does not make light of the issue of gender segregation.
Otherness Archive Note:
"It is not specifically an LGBTQ film, however to me personally, it can be claimed as one. I remember the first time I watched this film, as a 10/11 year old, seeing Iranian girls dressing and acting like boys, was completely shocking to me, and perhaps a ‘keychain’ moment as Alison Bechdel would call it. Seeing some representation of non-conformity, and public cross dressing, which is extremely forbidden, was a defiant moment for a pre-teen queer child such as myself, and I’m sure for many others too. Two of the actors in particular, including Shayesteh Irani from Facing Mirrors, have a stone butch quality, which was extremely exciting and terrifying to me as a child."
- 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