She was on the jury this year at the annual Cannes festival in southern France but lives in Iran.8th women bodyweight category approved by the EB in Beijing, CHN (25 September) and ratified by the Congress in Penang, MAS (19 October) achieving gender equality.
A group of female Iranian students is seeking legal action against Ms Hatami, calling for her to be sentenced to a jail term and lashed, according to the Iranian website Tasnim News.
Born into a family with a background in cinema, Ms Hatami gained worldwide fame for her role in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
She lived with her family in Shiraz, a city of 1.5 million people in southwest Iran.
Sorena had been to consult the mullahs before as they dispensed advice from tables in the city park, mostly about how to reconcile the beliefs of her mother — who belonged to Iran’s minority Sunni sect — with the teachings of Shia Islam, the faith of her father, and Iran’s official religion.
She’d also recently had sex with a man for the first time, and the fear that she had sinned beyond redemption drove her into a panic that lasted weeks.
Sorena didn’t tell the mullah about having had sex; she just told him about her desires. this is completely acceptable to us.”In the Islamic Republic of Iran — unlike any other country in the Persian Gulf region — sex reassignment is not only allowed, but also subsidised by the government.“You are transsexual, and you have to go for the surgery,” he pronounced.
But her revelation didn’t shock the mullah, even though homosexuality is punishable by flogging and execution in Iran. “It is accepted in our religion.” Almost 30 years before Sorena went to see the mullah, a trans woman named Maryam Khatoon Molkara marched up to the armed compound of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, to seek his blessing.
Molkara, who was then 33 years old, was dressed in full compliance with the laws regulating how men should dress, including a full beard.
"Iranian woman is the symbol of chastity and innocence," he said.
Ms Hatami's "inappropriate presence" at the festival was "not in line with our religious beliefs".
New categories in effect with 1 January 2017 are 90kg and 90kg for Junior and Senior, 75kg and 75kg for Youth.1st Youth Olympic Games (Women 46 lifters, 40 nations, Men 58 lifters, 48 nations).