Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lockdown Diaries: Sumit and Apurva of Cafe Guftagu appeal to raise funds, feed the needy in Mumbai during lockdown

The adverse impact from months of lockdown following Covid 19 and the hardships faced by thousands in one of the worst-hit cities in India, Mumbai is now a growing concern. While many have lost their livelihood opportunities, start-ups and businesses are struggling to stay afloat, certain vulnerable communities like the transgender people, sex workers, daily wage earners and other marginalised queer individuals...

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,...

KASHISH 2020: Consulates and institutions back KASHISH 2020 Virtual

Sridhar Rangayan, festival director of KASHISH says support of Consulates and Institutions is “crucial in opening up dialogues about marginalised communities within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum” This year’s virtual festival theme of ‘Moving Forward, Together!’ encompasses stories of marginalised communities within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, highlighted through the meticulously chosen bouquet of 157 LGBTQIA+ films from 42 countries. The moving forward together...

KASHISH 2020: Director-Cinematographer Debalina’s film ‘In-Fact…Tin Satyi’ celebrates complexities, vulnerabilities, togetherness  

Film : ‘In-Fact...’ (‘Tin Satyi…’), Documentary Duration : 51 minutes 27 seconds Language : Bengali (English subtitled) Director : Debalina KASHISH 2020 Virtual, the 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival ran from July 22nd - July 30th screening 157 films from 42 countries. For Debalina, an independent filmmaker and cinematographer who engages actively with issues of gender, sexuality, social...

Lockdown Diaries: Ankit Bhuptani’s views on self-isolation and how our actions will define a generation

50 or 100 years from today we will not be able to talk about the year 2020 without talking about this COVID-19 pandemic. I wonder, will a teen of that time be able to believe that all the commercial planes of the world were grounded? Businesspersons, film-stars, industry leaders and other powerful people who hardly had time to eat a meal peacefully,...

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...

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....

KASHISH 2020: Ankit Gupta’s docu-short Sex Changed is a strong, positive narrative on individuals undergoing sexual transition

Film : Sex Changed Duration : 20 minutes Genre : Docu-short/ English Director : Ankit Gupta KASHISH 2020 Virtual, the 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival ran from July 22nd - July 30th screening 157 films from 42 countries. Sex Changed - the film and its characters Sex Changed by Ankit Gupta is positive story about two people...

KASHISH 2020: 52 films compete for a total cash award of Rs 1,80,000

The 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival, has decided to go online this year as KASHISH 2020 Virtual from July 22 to July 30. The festival will screen 157 films from 42 countries out of which 52 films compete in the 9 competition categories that includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best...

KASHISH 2020: Aarti Neharsh’s debut film ‘The Song We Sang’ receives double nomination including Riyad Wadia Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker Award

THE SONG WE SANG  20 min / 2020 / Narrative Short / India Dir: Aarti Neharsh 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 out registration...