Sunday, September 20, 2020

Assamese movie ‘Bulbul can sing’ set to be screened in London

Bulbul Can Sing, a film by critically acclaimed Assamese director Rima Das is a powerful and thought-provoking film about three teenage buddies growing up in a small village in rural Assam, in the remote northeast state of India. Set in the village that Rima Das grew up in, the film is about three teenagers and their journey of self-exploration. Starring...

U Ushacha: back stories from the directors desk for LIFF

The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) this year has a 21-minute short film in Marathi, the only one to be covered in two sections of the festival, including the famed Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition. What's interesting is that the Director, Rohan Kandwale has had no formal education in filmmaking. The film, U Ushacha, will be also be shown in the...

KASHISH 2020: Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Season Greetings pays homage to Rituparno, LGBTQ+ themes

For cinema connoisseurs and Rituparno fans, journalist-turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee's Season's Greetings was a delightful 45-minutes tribute to the celebrated filmmaker with subtle references from Ghosh's films overlapping at various moments, making it an intense watch, for the first time, on Zee5, earlier this year. You can now catch the movie on 26th July 5pm Indian time as part...

Lockdown Diaries: Apsara Reddy fights against heightened abuse and vulnerability during curfew in India

Apsara Reddy is the first trans-gender Indian politician, who has led the way and been an inspiration to thousands in the community in India and across the world. The inspirational leader was appointed the National General Secretary of All India Mahila (Women's) Congress, in January 2019 by the Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The lockdown period imposed by the government of...

KASHISH 2020: Aditya Dhaval Parekh’s Visitor’s Login made keeping KASHISH 2020 in mind

VISITOR'S LOGIN : http://mumbaiqueerfest.com/visitors-login/ 15 min / 2019 / Narrative Short / India Dir, Writer, Producer: Aditya (Dhaval) Parekh KASHISH 2020 Virtual, the 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival will run from July 22nd - July 30th screening 157 films from 42 countries. You can register to attend the festival from anywhere in the world....

Equal rights for LGBT+ communities in India and Hong Kong still remains a far-cry

Leading publications in India and Hong Kong have recently reported on the legal challenges against discrimination of LGBT+ people in these countries. The battle for civil rights is far from over in India, where the Supreme Court de-criminalised same-sex relationships and discrimination against the entire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, through Article 377 in September last year...

Tamil and Kannada films to rock LIFF’s 10th Edition with a bunch of emerging queer cinemas

The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) Europe's largest Asian Film Festival is celebrating its 10th Edition this year. The screenings have been made special by India’s ‘decriminalisation’ of its LGBTQ+ and transgender population earlier this year and the festival celebrates by selecting a dynamic range of recent LGBTQ+ films including two Tamil and a Kannada film, surprising the film...

KASHISH 2020: Atanu Mukherjee’s short ‘Wig’ compels us to think about existence, struggle, individuality, gender

WIG http://mumbaiqueerfest.com/indian-masala-mix-ii/  26 min / 2019 / Narrative Short / India Dir: Atanu Mukherjee Producer: Pooja Gupte (Humaramovie and Easel) KASHISH 2020 Virtual, the 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival will run from July 22nd - July 30th screening 157 films from 42 countries. You can register to attend the festival from anywhere in the world. Check...

KASHISH 2020 Virtual to open with French film ‘The Shiny Shrimps’

The 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is all set to open on July 22nd with the French film The Shiny Shrimps, directed by Maxime Govare and Cédric Le Gallo. The film about a homophobic Olympic swimmer trying to coach an amateur gay water-polo team to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia was a huge...

An exclusive tete-a-tete with Rima Das about ‘Bulbul can Sing’

Assamese director Rima Das returned to the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) this year with a powerful story of three teenagers and their journey of self-exploration, in her movie Bulbul Can Sing. Set in the rural northeast state of Assam, the village Rima grew up in, this picturesque and honest film has already swept up prestigious awards at Berlin,...