The stunning Jasmin Tabatabai stars in Unveiled as a lesbian fleeing persecution in Iran. When she escapes to Germany she passes as a man to gain refugee status, and then falls in love with a German woman.
Fabria, prosecuted in Iran because of her love affair with another woman, flees to Germany. Her application for asylum is turned down-but her desperate prospects are improved by the suicide of her fellow inmate Siamak. She assumes his identity and, using his temporary permit of sojourn, heads off to a provincial village. At first glance, her survival seems to be assured, but in the refugee hostel, she is obliged to uphold her male disguise in cramped quarters and a single mistake could blow her cover. In order to pay for forged documents, she takes an illegal job in a sauerkraut factory, where she meets Anne, who is very solicitous about Siamak’s well-being and derives some kind of pleasure from the strange foreigner. While spending more and more time together, they become dangerously close and Anne begins to suspect Fariba’s true identity, and Fariba’s fate falls into danger when she is faced with being forced to return to Iran. This acclaimed lesbian drama has been compared to “Boys Don’t Cry”.
“Unveiled encompasses Nail-biting suspense and spot-on acting… Extraordinary performance by Ms. Tabatabai!” — The New York Times
Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai), persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany. She takes an illegal factory job where fellow worker Anne (Anneke Kim Sarnau) takes an interest in the strange foreigner. As the two become close, Anne begins to suspect Fariba’s true identity – and both women face danger when authorities tell Fariba she must return to Iran. [German with English subtitles]
One of the Top 10 Films of 2005 — The Advocate