Be Like Others
Over twenty years ago, the spiritual leader of the Iranian islamic revolution Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa that made sex-change legal for "diagnosed transsexuals". As homosexuality was – and still is – punishable by death, this was seen by many as a solution to the country's homosexual "problem". BE LIKE OTHERS takes us on a journey beyond the headlines of international politics and the war on terror and introduces us to a group of men who are prepared to change their gender in order to live out their sexual orientation.
Tanaz Eshaghian was born in Iran in 1974 and emigrated to the United States shortly after the islamic revolution in 1979. She grew up in New York and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Semiotics. Her first film I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN (2002) told the story of how Iranians living in the U.S. were affected by prejudice and xenophobia in the wake of 9/11. In LOVE IRANIAN-AMERICAN STYLE (2006) she filmed her traditional Iranian-Jewish family and documented, among other things, their obsession with marrying her off.