Sorry for the rant, but I'm also a political blogger, so I couldn't resist the soapbox. Back to the movie review, this film is a powerfully moving and masterfully illuminative documentary on a subject that has gotten scarcely any attention at all. Here are a few pull quotes, paraphrased from the subtitles:
God, please don't create any more people like me. — MTF who wants to be "gorgeous!"It's a MUST SEE — just don't expect that you'll leave, feeling cheerful.
[A transwoman, or MTF] is more of a woman than a biological female. She can attract men more easily. — Dr. Bahram Mir-Jalali, gender reassignment surgeon in Iran
It is my duty to know if a person is man or woman. — female Iranian TV reporter, filming a different documentary about transsexuals and G.R.S.
If I weren't in Iran, I would not operate. I would not touch God's work. — man awaiting G.R.S.
If I am laughing, it is a laughter sadder than tears. I have no more tears left. That is why I laugh. — man helping a friend through the transition and considering G.R.S. himself
No other country changes birth certificates to reflect a sex change operation. — the Iranian TV reporter. [By the way, it's not even remotely true: Canada, most EU countries, and several US states, just for starters.]
Be Like Others, dir. Tanaz Eshaghian, USA/Canada/Iran 2008, 74 min. video
Technorati tags: Be Like Others, Transgender, Transsexual, MTF, Homosexuality in Iran, Gay Rights, Human Rights, InsideOut, Toronto, LGBT Film