Today was emotionally really shitty, the kind of day I want to finish by getting wasted, all teen-punk angst. Lucky there’s the internet to remind me just how grateful I should be that I’m not a tranny in Iran.
Straight.com had a piece reviewing some of the highlights of the Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival, many that seem older than a year, or maybe it’s just been a long year in Cantonese pirate DVD land, and several that are pretty tranny-centric usually coming from somewhere in Asia where filmmakers seem to have a better grasp on reality than the English-speaking world. The film that grabbed me though, is I know that I AM directed by Peyman Khosravi, a documentary on transsexual and gay prostitutes in Iran. The trailer is on YouTube.
I Know That I Am
Despite the fact that much of the footage—shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran—was captured and presumed destroyed by local authorities, I Know That I Am exists thanks to the tenacity of director Peyman Khosravi.
Out On Screen is extremely proud to present the world premiere of this unique, powerful documentary. I Know That I Am reveals the little-told story of trans queers in Iran. Vilified by society and without support networks outside their small communities, theirs is one of survival against the odds: according to law, sexual “deviancy” is punishable by hanging. Through interviews with government officials, human rights advocates and trans people themselves, the film constructs a telling, important portrait of queer struggles amidst profound cultural restrictions.