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It's a great topic.

But that doesn't mean it's a great film.

Some might like it, and some might not.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 3:25 PM

Hot Tranny Irani Mess

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 3:34 PM

Sounds a bit like a plot snippet from Hedwig.

Posted by Lama Mama | June 6, 2008 3:56 PM

Theocratic government forces you to turn your penis inside out, lop off your testicles and grow breasts. Total Friday night movie.

Posted by chicagogaydude | June 6, 2008 4:34 PM

@4: It plays Saturday afternoon too!

Posted by annie | June 6, 2008 4:43 PM

On a slightly related note, SIFF keeps sending out emails to Volunteers touting "Free Movies!" and encouraging volunteers to bring friends with them. The free movies in question? Festival films.

Which makes me wonder if SIFF is having problems filling seats. Which I guess is always going to be a problem when you have 400+ films, but it just struck me as odd.*

*This is my first year volunteering, so this could be the norm.

Posted by Dave | June 6, 2008 4:47 PM

lama mama sounds just like hedwig.. expect its real :(

Posted by jess | June 8, 2008 6:12 AM

@1 is right. it's a great topic, and there is some great footage, but Be Like Others does not live up to its potential. a documentary is not just interesting subject matter, it's storytelling and communication. Be Like Others made me want to watch a documentary on the same subjects made by a better filmmaker.

and no, it's not the best doc at SIFF. so far, that would be Man On Wire, which i don't think anyone at the Stranger bothered to see.

Posted by ironymaiden | June 8, 2008 9:02 PM

I agree with @8 about Man on Wire. If that thing doesn't snag an Oscar nomination, I'm calling foul. Like HBO's Recount, the conclusion is part of the historical record, but director James Marsh handles the suspense masterfully.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | June 8, 2008 11:56 PM

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