BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The best documentary feature award category includes Indian and International films made in 2011/2012. There are five films competing in this category – Ballroom Rules from Australia , Let The Butterflies Fly from India, Looking For Gay Bollywood from France / India, My Dear Gay Teacher from India, Rites of Passage from USA/ Thailand and Tales Of The Waria from USA / Indoensia and

BALLROOM RULES

76 mins, Australia

Dir: Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe

A group of Australian same-sex ballroom dancers are passionate about their sport and are driven by a dream of competing at the world’s largest same-sex dance sport competition at the 2010 Gay Games in Germany. Can they make the cut?

Screening: Alliance Française de Bombay May 25, 1.30pm

 

LET THE BUTTERFLIES FLY

74 mins, India

Dir: Gopal Menon

Story of Shilpa, a hijra who faced severe police torture and abuse from medical establishment, who tried to make her a ‘man’ by force.

Screening: Alliance Française de Bombay May 26, 1.30pm

LOOKING FOR GAY BOLLYWOOD

52 mins, France / India

Dir: Nasha Gagnebin

The documentary deals with the representation of queers in Indian cinema and particularly within Bollywood..

Screening: Cinemax May 25, 3.15pm

MY DEAR GAY TEACHER

46 mins, India

Dir: Saraswati Kavula

An attempt to explore the personality behind the persona called Hoshang Merchant. Is his Public Life as a poet and a professor in one of India”s best universities, a reflection on acceptability of homosexuality?

Screening: Cinemax May 24th 1.30pm as part of ‘Rainbow Warriors’ package

 

RITES OF PASSAGE

46 mins, USA / Thailand

Dir: Jeff Roy

Story of the gender transformation of Maya Jafer, known to her blood relatives as Mohammed Jafer, the film is an honest first-hand look at the real life struggles and joys Maya, and indeed other transgenders, face.

Screening: Cinemax May 24, 3.15pm

 

TALES OF THE WARIA

56 mins, USA / Indoensia

Dir: Kathy Huang

In Indonesia, lives a community of transgender individuals known as Warias, biological men who live openly as women. The documentary follows four characters from this little-known community.

Screening: Cinemax May 26, 10.00pm