Godrej is Principal Partner at KASHISH 2017

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Indian business conglomerate continues its support for South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival

One of India’s biggest conglomerates Godrej Industries will be “Principal Partner” of the 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival to be held in Mumbai from May 24-28, 2017. South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival will be held at two South Mumbai venues – the iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise. Around 147 films from 45 countries will be screened at the five day festival. This is the third year that Godrej Industries is supporting to organise KASHISH – and was infact the first Indian-owned corporate house support the festival for its 2014 edition.

“We are so very proud to partner the 8th KASHISH festival. Movies are one of the best mediums to tell stories, touch hearts and open our minds. We at Godrej believe that we are all equal and building a diverse and inclusive workforce is of utmost importance to us. We love and support the LGBTQ community not just because it is the right thing to do. Great talent is the key to our success and our individual capabilities are only determined by our attitude and hard work not by our gender, caste or sexuality,” said Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.

Parmesh Shahani, head of the Godrej India Culture Lab says, “We have been delighted to collaborate with KASHISH through our Culture Lab over the years to mainstream conversations around LGBTQ issues in India. As a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I am personally very proud to be working for Godrej, a company that is so supportive of LGBTQ rights. I hope that many more companies see the merit in being inclusive and come forward and join the movement to create a more inclusive India.”

KASHISH welcomed the Indian business group’s support for the festival. “We are delighted that Godrej is supporting KASHISH this year as Principal Partner, not only through their Diversity & Inclusion arm, but also through their marketing arm to promote their BBlunt and Nature’s Basket products. Godrej has always has been a flag bearer of equality and pride and their support to KASHISH underlines this unequivocally. We hope that more companies come join in on the KASHISH journey in the years to come,” said Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan.

KASHISH 2017 opens on May 24, 2017 with the American film Signature Move, directed by Jennifer Reed and stars Shabana Azmi. Acclaimed Indian gay road drama LOEV will be the closing film on May 28, 2017.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 

 Founded in 2010, KASHISH MIQFF is held over 5 days at two venues. The festival this year will be held at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise in South Mumbai. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. 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 theater. The film festival this year will be held between May 24-May 28, 2017, at two venues in South Mumbai – the city’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise. Delegate Registrations are open on Book My Show https://in.bookmyshow.com/festival/mumbai-international-queer-film-festival

THEME of KASHISH 2017 : ‘Diverse, One’ 

The theme of KASHISH 2017 explores the diversity of the LGBTQ communities. The diverse shades of the rainbow remind us that as people we are all different and we are all unique. In the fight for an equal society, basic human rights and against laws that criminalize and discriminate, it is our shared values that bring us together. We are strongest when we come together, when we embrace one another’s uniqueness and celebrate our differences. We are Diverse, We are One.

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