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This shorts program shows us the importance of knowing and accepting ourselves and the strength of character required to stand up and proudly be who you are. Remember, you are perfect just as you are.

For Ages 11-14 | 72 minutes | Presented in English, nonverbal and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Empathy, support, identity, acceptance, inclusion, gender/sexuality spectrum, gender roles and nonconformity

This program contains: Mature themes, bullying, physical and/or emotional conflict, gender identity

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York.

ACCESSIBLE SCREENING: Films in this program are captioned or subtitled for the hearing impaired. 


In "Adjustment," a 9-year-old, Shahrokh, has to make a decision about whether or not to embrace their true gender identity--their true self--in face of the intolerance within their family and village. After being bullied by family and friends alike, Shahrokh's decision becomes increasingly difficult and unclear: can they stay true to themselves without risking torment?

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Premiere
    Midwest Premiere
  • Rating
    CONTENT DETAILS: Bullying, Stressful Situations, Traumatic and/or Triggering Content
  • Note
    THEMES: Identity Exploration, Gender Roles and Nonconformity
  • Director
    Mehrdad Hassani
  • Screenwriter
    Farzad Ahmadi
  • Producer
    Hassan Mohammadi