The first half of the day is dedicated to the best films from KASHISH, South Asia’s largest LGBT festival. Across three sections - 'Trans Lives Matter', 'Queering Gender' and 'Pushing The Envelope' - 12 critically acclaimed short films will be screened from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Gaysi Family will explore queer desires in the second half of the evening. An engaging panel discussion will follow the launch of the 5th edition of their annual zine. Join founder and creative art director of Studio Kohl Mira Malhotra, hair/make up artist Elton Fernandez, filmmaker and founder of Solaris Pictures Sridhar Rangayan, and faculty in Communication Studies at Northwestern University, Jeremy Birnholtz, as they bring together and explore their broad perspectives on the realm of queer desires, and how we navigate them. The discussion will be moderated by the editor of The Gaysi Zine, Priya Gangwani.
Best of Kashish PROGRAM I: Trans Lives Matter | TIME: 11 AM to 12.30 PM
While Indian society has accorded a special respect for Transgenders and Hijras, the community continues to be marginalized and victimized when they speak out and demand for their rights. While the Supreme Court granted them a special status as the third gender, they still get alienated from their homes and some are even brutally murdered. Three diverse films from three diverse regions – Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Telangana - delve deep to understand the issues that transgenders face in India and how they bravely continue to carve their own place in society. ‘It Gets Behtar’ when we stand united.
Director: Meera Darji
2015 / 30 min / Gujarati with English subtitles / Documentary Short
Winner of the 'Best Documentary Short Award' at KASHISH 2016, Transindia is a moving documentary that speaks about the Hijra community in Ahmedabad. From being criminalised in 1871 to marginalised in society today, Transindia takes you on a journey of their lifestyles.
Director: V. Ramanathan
16 mins / 2015 / Tamil with English subtitles / Documentary Short
Winner of the 'QDristhti Film Grant Award' at KASHISH 2016, Normalcy is about the day-to-day life of a transgender person as a student and homemaker.
WALKING THE WALK
Director: Moses Tulasi
2015 / 33 min / India / Telugu with English subtitles / Documentary Short
Walking the Walk follows the participants of Hyderabad’s queer pride walk in February 2015. The walk draws inspiration from the success of the social movement which led to the formation of a new state in India, Telangana.
LUNCH | TIME: 12.30 PM to 1.15 PM
Best of Kashish PROGRAM II: Queering Gender | TIME: 1.15 PM to 3.15 PM
Masculine and Feminine are labels that are imposed upon us by society. It is time to question them, defy them and chart a new way forward. Five films – from India, Germany and France – put a spotlight on the lives of trans and queer persons who take charge of their bodies and mind to stand up to the society. ‘It Gets Behtar’ when we break stereotypes.
PROJECT INDIAN BRIDE
Director: Mujeer Pasha
2015 / 38 min / Hindi with English subtitles / Narrative Short
Project Indian Bride is the story of a photographer who wants to shoot a transgender woman and present her as a bride. But his business partner and pregnant wife have issues which cause hurdles in the project.
Director: David Wagner 8min / 2015 / Germany / Narrative Short
Day by day, Mr. Jonas and Mr. Schmidt make their way from door to door across the country. selling pots. After work, both go their own way - Mr. Jonas spends his evenings in solitude, contemplating in his cheap hotel room, before going to a bar to drink a few glasses of whiskey. Mr. Schmidt transforms himself into a glamorous Drag Queen and dives into the nightlife.
THAT’S MY BOY
Director: Akhil Satyan
2015 / 24.20 min / Malayalam, Kannada with English subtitles/ Documentary short
Winner of the ‘Special Jury Mention: Best Documentary Short Award’ at KASHISH 2016, That’s My Boy takes us through the life of Sonu, who was born a girl but always knew that his physical body and mental identity were at odds with each other.
THE THRESHOLD (DAARAVTHA)
Director: Nishant Roy Bombarde
30mins / 2015 / Marathi with English subtitles / Narrative Short
Last year’s National Award winning film, Daaravtha also won 'Best Indian Narrative Short Award' at KASHISH 2016. The film follows an adolescent Pankaj who is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires.
HE WHO HAS TWO SOULS
17 min / 2015 / France / Narrative Short
They called him “he who has two souls”. He was beautiful like a woman, and he was handsome like a man. He was searching for someone who can understand and love him. In this gorgeous animated tale, an Inuit man hunts like the best of men and sews like the best of women. Tension builds like a taut bowstring about whom he should take as a partner, and the arrow hits home when he meets his match.
Tea Break | TIME: 3.15 - 3.30
Best of Kashish PROGRAM III : Pushing The Envelope | TIME - 3.30 PM - 4.45 PM
It’s 2017 and it is time to think about who we are, where we stand in society and how people perceive us – whether it is in a big city or a small town. Funny, dramatic and sensual short films from Australia, USA, India and Chile push the boundaries of sex, gender and sexuality, as well as boxes and labels. Individuals, parents and sometimes society, has to challenge social boundaries. ‘It Gets Behtar’ when we push the boundaries.
SETTING THEM STRAIGHT
Director: Kaleb McKenna
6 min / 2015 / Australia / Narrative Short
Joshua has arrived at his parent’s house with some delicate news. It’s not as if they weren’t loving and accepting parents, it’s just that they’ve been a little too understanding of Joshua’s homosexuality, and now they might actually like him better because of it. But there is a problem…
Director: Reid Waterer
16 min / 2016 / USA / Narrative Short
A comedy about gay friends who wake up after sleeping together and try to make sense of the unclear line between friendship and love.
ANY OTHER DAY
Director: Srikant Ananthkrishnan, Vikrant Dhote
12 mins / 2015 / Marathi with English subtitles / Narrative Short
It was just another day for Kabir and Arnav, but their lives take a turn for the worse when two cops decide to make a spectacle of them. As the night unfolds, help comes from an unlikely source. Any Other Day bagged the Riyad Wadia Award for Best Indian Filmmaker at KASHISH 2016.
Director: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo
29 min / 2015 / Chile / Narrative Short
A winner at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, San Cristóbal follows Lucas who is visiting his sister on a remote island in southern Chile before moving abroad. An unlikely romance grows when he meets Antonio, a struggling young fisherman. The film also won the 'Best International Narrative Short Award' at KASHISH 2016.
Snacks | TIME: 5.00 - 5.30
PROGRAM IV : Gaysi Zine Launch | TIME - 5.00 PM - 7.00 PM
Walkthrough with photographer Sandeep Dhopate of TṚTĪYA PRAKṚTI | TIME: 5 pm to 5.30 pm
The Realm Of Queer Desires | TIME: 5.30 PM - 7 PM
Founder and creative art director of Studio Kohl Mira Malhotra, hair/make up artist Elton Fernandez, film maker and founder of Solaris Pictures Sridhar Rangayan, and faculty in Communication Studies at Northwestern University, Jeremy Birnholtz, will explore broad perspectives on the realm of queer desires, and how we navigate them — one with continuing political, social and cultural agency. The discussion will be moderated by the editor of The Gaysi Zine, Priya Gangwani.