This is Not Me
Iran is the only country in the region to recognise trans people (any other LGBQ+ identity is banned). Both Shervin and Samar offer a glimpse into what life is like for trans youth, who despite loving and supportive parents are forced to live covert lives, shy away from their neighbours and even consider emigration, in order to be who they truly are. THIS IS NOT ME is a detailed depiction of the legal and social labyrinth that promises a slim aperture of freedom
Otherness Archive Note:
"This documentary follows two young trans men in Iran, showcasing the legal and social labyrinth they have to navigate. This is a very raw and real documentation of what it’s like to be a young trans man in Iran, under the oppressive laws that control bodies they consider as ‘female’ and therefore dangerous. Although they have supportive families, they still have to live in a country that does not allow them to show their hair, dress how they please or even freely swim in the sea like their cisgender counterparts. The latter being a common experience for many trans people around the world."
- 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