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Saman Arastoo
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Saman Arastoo
Farazaneh Arastoo

1967 (age 51–52)
OccupationActor, Director

Saman Arastoo [1](Persian: سامان ارسطو) is an Iranian actor[2] and director born 1967 in Shahrud, Iran. He starred in the 2003 drama Abadan prior to gender transition, and directs plays regarding the acceptance of transgender people in Iranian society.[3] His play Khodkar-é-Bikar (Useless Pen) features transgender characters played by transgender actors.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Arastoo describes his first marriage in 1991 as a "forced marriage" for which the divorce lasted one and a half years. He underwent sex reassignment surgeries at age 42 in 2008. He married again in 2015.[3][5] Following wide publicity around his gender transition, Arastoo has been a public figure for the Iranian transgender community, including holding drama therapy workshops such as "Self Cognition".[6][7] He founded the Avaye Divanegan Theatre Group in 1983.[8][9]


Year Title Role
2003 Abadan[10] Actor
2004 Friday's Soldiers[11] Actor
2008 Tigh-zan[12] Actor


  1. ^ "Saman Arastoo - Google News". Google News. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  2. ^ "سامان ارسطو: "آوای دیوانگان" جایش در نمایش سامان پ ملی و دولتی کجاست؟! - اخبار تسنیم - Tasnim". خبرگزاری تسنیم - Tasnim (in Persian). Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  3. ^ a b "Agonizing Odyssey of Iranian Transsexual: From Despair to Survival". IFP News. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  4. ^ "Iran's transgender community: Legally recognised yet socially ostracised". euronews. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  5. ^ "فیلم | روایت زندگی بازیگری که تغییر جنسیت داد از زبان خودش" [Movie | The narrative of the actress who gave sex change from his own language] (in Persian). 5 February 1396.
  6. ^ "AvayeDivanegan – TRANSSEXUAL WORKSHOP". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  7. ^ "Nazra: Facing Mirrors". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  8. ^ "Nazra: Facing Mirrors". Eyes Wide Open Cinema. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  9. ^ "نادیا باوند on Instagram: "Dear recipient, We are Avaye Divanegan Theater Group from Tehran/Iran and are pleased to invite you to watch "Be who you're not"…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  10. ^ Haghighi, Mani (2004-05-05), Abadan, Ehsan Amani, Farzaneh Arastoo, Dariush Asadzade, retrieved 2018-04-13
  11. ^ Kimiai, Masud (2004-07-29), Friday's Soldiers, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Bahram Radan, Poulad Kimiayi, retrieved 2018-04-13
  12. ^ Davoudnejad, Alireza, Tigh-zan, Reza Attaran, Ladan Mostofi, Reza Davoudnejad, retrieved 2018-04-13

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