DISC Film and Discussion
Thursday, October 20, 2016
North Quad Space 2435
This fall, DISC, in partnership with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and the Language Resource Center, will host a screening and discussion of Negar Azarbayjani’s film Facing Mirrors. The film will be followed by a faculty-led discussion with Samer Ali and Charlotte Karem Albrecht.
Set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops in spite of social norms and religious beliefs. Despite her traditional background, Rana is forced to drive a cab to pay off the debt that keeps her husband in prison. By chance she picks up the wealthy and rebellious Edi, who is desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country. At first Rana attempts to help, but when she realizes that Edi is transgender, a dangerous series of conflicts arises. Facing Mirrors is the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character.