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Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2019 To Be Held In Mumbai

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Jyothi Venkatesh

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ Film Festival In Mumbai in June 2019 from June 12 – June 16, 2019 at Liberty Carnival Cinemas and Metro Inox. Yes. The 10th Anniversary edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from June 12 – 16, 2019 at two of the city’s iconic theatres – Liberty Carnival Cinemas and Metro INOX.South Asia’s biggest and India’s first mainstream LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH 2019, will screen over 160 Films from 40 Countries, along with red carpet events like opening gala, glittering awards ceremony, power-packed panel discussions, filmmaker interfaces and a vibe that is unmatched.The festival is considered one of the important annual events in Mumbai’s cultural calendar and attracts audiences from across India and international guests. The festival has been graced in previous years by numerous Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities and leading independent filmmakers. Join us ‘Over The Rainbow’ in a journey of discoveries and affirmations, in a space that is equal and open to everyone – a hallmark of KASHISH!

5 FILMS TO LOOK OUR FOR AT KASHISH 2019

RAFIKI 

K10-Rafiki 2018 / 83 min / Narrative Feature / Kenya / Dir: Wanuri Kahiu

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

SAUVAGE / WILD (Original Title: Sauvage) 

K10-Sauvage2018 / 99 min / Narrative Feature / France / Dir: Camille Vidal-Naquet

Handsome and untethered Leo lives on the streets of Strasbourg and gets into sex work for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here – longing for love. Even when he falls for the bitter and bisexual Ahd who works on the other side of the road his love remains unrequited. Unsure about his future, he hits the road.

NAGARKIRTAN (English Title: The Eunuch and the Flute Player)

K10-Nagarkirtan

2017 / 115 min / Narrative Feature / India / Dir: Kaushik Ganguly

Unable to cope with the trauma of being betrayed by Subhash, Porimal, a trans woman, runs away from home and joins a ghetto of eunuchs as Puti and sings at traffic signals to earn money. There she falls in love with Madhu, a delivery boy with a Chinese restaurant who moonlights as a flutist in kirtans. Their love blossoms while they dream of raising money required for the sex reassigned surgery after meeting the first transgender person in India who has completed Doctor of Philosophy, Manabi Bandyopadhyay. But transphobic society does not support their dreams.

NJAN MARYKUTTY (English Title: I’m Marykutty)  

K19-Njan-MaryKutty2018 / 126 min / Narrative Feature / India / Dir: Ranjith Sankar

Mathukutty, a transexual wants to get out of the pressure of being a man, which mentally he wasn’t, finally deciding to undergo surgery and become a woman. He/She becomes Marykutty and his problems start when she comes back to her native place. Though her family disowns Marykutty, it is the parish priest, who gives her all the confidence. She is determined to become a sub Inspector and joins a coaching institute to prepare for the exam. In between, she earns considerable appreciation in that area, as a Radio Jockey in the FM channel run by the church but will she be able to fulfill her dream of joining police force as a sub inspector?

SONG LANG

K10-Song-Lang2018 / 90 min /  Narrative Feature / Vietnam / Dir: Leon Le

A sudden bond arises between two men, a hard-boiled debt collector and a delicate Cai Luong opera actor. With the help of the latter the earlier faces his traumatic past. Instead of being a gangster, could he still change the direction of his life? The film is a tribute to the Vietnamese folk opera in its 1980s golden era glory, and it ponders traditional arts in the modern world.

For information about films, registration check: http://mumbaiqueerfest.com

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