10 Films To Watch For At KASHISH 2019
The 10th anniversary edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival, presents 160 films from 43 countries this year at two iconic theaters in Mumbai – Liberty Carnival Cinemas and Metro INOX. The festival theme is ‘Over the Rainbow’.
“KASHISH this year features the best of LGBTQ films from around the world – 160 films from 43 countries. They have been chosen from over 700 film submissions. We try to bring a diverse spectrum of LGBTQ films to be shown on the big screen in Mumbai and the festival ensures a fair representation of not only gender & sexuality, but also popular and edgy films,” says Festival Director, Sridhar Rangayan.
- JUST FRIENDS
80 min / 2018 / Netherlands / Narrative Feature
Dir: Ellen Smit
On the 10th anniversary of his dad’s death, Joris still tries to come to terms with his father’s absence when he meets the free-spirited medical student Yad, who returns back home to his family after living on his own. Although very different, there is an instant spark between the two and they want to be more than “just friends”, but both have issues with their mothers that threaten to jeopardize their relationship.
Opening Film – Wed June 12th 9.30pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
- UNTIL PORN DO US PART… (Original Title: Até Que O Porno Nos Separe)
90 min / 2018 / Portugal / Documentary Feature
Dir: Jorge Pelicano
Eulália, a conservative 65-year-old mother, finds out that her son who emigrated to Germany became Fostter Riviera, the internationally awarded first Portuguese gay porn actor. From shock and disgust to desperately trying to understand him, Eulália embarks on an emotional journey that puts her values, expectations and perceptions to the test.
In Competition – Thu June 13th 2.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
83 min / 2018 / Kenya / Narrative Feature
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.
Narrative Centerpiece – Fri June 14th 5.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
115 min / 2017 / India / Narrative Feature
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.
Narrative Centerpiece – Fri June 14th 7.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
- KATTUMARAN (English Title: Catamaran)
73 min / 2018 / India / Narrative Feature
Dir: Swarnavel Eswaran
The film’s narrative revolves around the Tsunami-affected lives of middle-aged fisherman Singaram and his orphaned niece and nephew whom he deeply cares for. As Singaram works hard to provide for his family, he also tries to arrange a groom for his niece. But she rejects the many suitors he brings. Singaram soon learns that his niece is in love with her fellow female teacher. Ostracised by his community, Singaram tries to come to terms with his niece being a lesbian. In this process, he learns to empathize with the plight of the village barber, the transgender Alankaram.
In Competition – Sat June 15th 11.00am | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
- CALL HER GANDA
87 min / 2018 / Philippines, USA / Documentary Feature
Dir: PJ Raval
When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and Jennifer’s mother –galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.
In Competition – Sat June 15th 6.30pm | Metro INOX
91 min / 2018 / Canada / Narrative Feature
Dir: Lenin M. Sivam
Gokul, a perplexed young South Asian man is ostracized by his family as he tries to establish his gender identity. Desperate and unable to earn a decent living, he assumes the nom de guerre, Roobha, and walks the streets of Toronto. Roobha soon musters up a clientele. One day she is violently assaulted by thugs and left to die. She survives the attack and heals with the help of her transgender friends. Her encounter with the enigmatic Anthony leads to a rapturous romance. However, their blissful existence is short lived.
In Competition – Sat June 15th 7.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
99 min / 2018 / France / Narrative Feature
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.
In Competition – Sat June 15th 10.00pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
- BOY ERASED
115 min / 2018 / Australia, USA / Narrative Feature
Dir: Joel Edgerton
Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents. While his parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs, Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
Pre-Closing Film – Sun June 16th 4.15pm | Metro INOX
- NJAN MARYKUTTY (English Title: I’m Marykutty)
126 min / 2018 / India / Narrative Feature
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 becoming a sub inspector?
Closing Film – Sun June 16th 9.30pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas
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KASHISH is presently raising funds through crowdfunding on Wishberry to organise the festival. KASHISH 2019 is crowdfunding on: https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/kashish-2019-over-the-rainbow
KASHISH 2019 Theme
KASHISH 2019 festival theme ‘Over The Rainbow’ not only commemorates the reading down of Sec 377 and decriminalization of same-sex relationships in India, but also defines the challenges in store for the LGBTQ community’s journey towards empowerment and social acceptance. Bringing together films from all over the world as well as panel discussions and performances, the festival will showcase the shared struggles and victories, and offer a window to existing and future possibilities. Let’s together journey over the rainbow to discover the land of equality & dignity.
About KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation and organized by Solaris Pictures. Besides the annual film festival its other initiatives are KASHISH Forward – India’s first travelling campus LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH Global – that facilitates screening of Indian LGBTQ films across the world, Best of KASHISH film screenings and KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – a festival of LGBTQ films in regional languages.