Iranian Film Today

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 22 2011

Despite the left's feeble whimpers about America's trajectory toward theocracy -- see fundies, et al -- the doom and gloom is a reality in Iran, a country where there is little separation of church and state, where the laws are steeped in rigid, oft oppressive policies. One minority group has managed to dodge a literal bullet, however; though homosexuality is punishable by death under Iranian law, the government actually encourages gender reassignment surgery, even going so far as to fund it, sending a loud and clear message that the only safe sex in Iran is of the hetero variety -- regardless of the extremes taken to get there. Director Bahman Motamedian's Sex My Life (pictured) explores the lives of seven transsexuals in Iran so thoroughly, it was actually banned in its home country. IRANIAN FILM TODAY continues with Be Calm and Count to Seven, Tehroun and Women Without Men. In Persian with subtitles.

Amber Robinson

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