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DISC Film and Discussion. Facing Mirrors

Thursday, October 20, 2016
4:00-7:00 PM
Space 2435 North Quad Map
Negar Azarbayjani, director. In Persian and German with English subtitles (102 min., 2011).

Set in contemporary Iran, "Facing Mirrors" is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and religious beliefs. Although Rana is a traditional wife and mother, she 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. Directed by Negar Azarbayjani, "Facing Mirrors" is the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character.

The film will be followed by a discussion led by U-M faculty Samer Ali, associate professor of Arabic language and literature, and Charlotte Karem Albrecht, assistant professor of American culture and women's studies.

Part of the series Contemporary Islamic Identities. Visit for full series details.
Building: North Quad
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Diversity, Film, International, Middle East Studies, Muslim
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Language Resource Center

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).