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transsexuals in iran documentary

I just watched this incredibly heartbreaking documentary about transsexuality in Iran. It was even sadder than I expected it to be, but I feel better knowing what I know. I am hoping that the more that this is exposed, the more likely that something will happen to help so many suffering people. We will see...

Here is the entire film in four parts. Please do find the time to watch.











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zenlari
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, this is an incredibly powerful and moving documentary. I will pass it on. :)
product_junkie
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I think we have to be really careful when considering about a documentary like this. I've been meaning to write about this film for a long time.

Frankly, the situation for poor trans/gender variant in the US isn't all that much better:

( http://curbed.com/archives/2009/02/13/reader_rant_stop_the_west_villages_hooker_migration.php?jsoncallback=__jsonp96765thread&open=1&page=1 )

Summary: "Lock 'em up!"
zenlari
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I definitely had to check some friends of mine who were like "I'm really happy to live in the U.S.". As I was reading the doctor's words/subtitles I noticed some definite reflections of American politics and policies.
olamina
Feb. 16th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Just a note, I don't live in America. ;)
zenlari
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Hee, fair enough...

...wait, where *do* you live? Do you actually live in Slovenia?
olamina
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
I can't tell if you're being facetious or not, so I'll answer honestly. Yes I live in Slovenia.
congogirl
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I saw this last April and never wrote about it, but I'm curious what you mean?
olamina
Feb. 16th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
I most certainly know that the situation is often no better for transsexuals in America (I lived in New York, I used to work in WV), I am not under any illusions. But I think there are a couple of different issues in Iran:

1) Men and women who DO really want to reassign their gender and have their families support (mostly because its allowed by the Ayatollah)

2) Men and women who DO really want to reassign their gender, and don't have their families support

3) Gay men and women who don't want to reassign their gender but face a stoning death for being gay and must accept the "cure" of gender reassignment which often means being banished from their family home

In situations 1 and 2, I can say that I respect people's decisions to do the surgery if this is something they really want, but if their birth certificates have been officially changed to woman (or man) then why are they not entitled to whatever social services are available for their specific gender? From what I can tell, there is still massive ghettoization, where they have to get transsexual services.

In situation 3, I am appalled (as I am sure we all are) that people are being forced to change their bodies in order to "fit in", and even further appalled that they are not getting the whole truth about what this will entail on a social, physical, sexual, and spiritual level. I am also amazed that this "cure-all" is being so thoroughly swallowed when it is so glaringly clear that it doesn't really solve much of anything. I guess the people who could agitate for changes are too busy entering into temporary marriages...
olamina
Feb. 16th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
.....and by this I mean government officials securing the permanent status of a legitimized prostitute class.
congogirl
Feb. 16th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Still curious about product_junkie's comment.

I thought the doc was very well done and was amazed that the director was able to access the doctors, the patients, and the mullahs to explain how and why the trend has increased so dramatically in Iran. I certainly do not agree that the process is neutral - I think it's incredibly coercive.

But what else are we being careful about when we consider the documentary itself?
olamina
Feb. 16th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
sorry, i was responding product junkie and clicked in the wrong place! :)

i would also like to know what else we should be careful about...
olamina
Feb. 16th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
answered below...
geosh
Feb. 16th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
wow.....that's so intense!!! jesus......

thanks for posting, though. seriously. good to see this.
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