CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE FEATURES
CHRONICLES OF HARI (Harikatha Prasanga)
105mins / 2016 / India / Kannada with EST
Director: Ananya Kasaravalli
Harikatha Prasanga (Chronicles of Hari), set in a coastal town of southern India, narrates the story of a Yakshagana artist Hari who has gained extreme popularity portraying female roles. The story of Hari’s life unfolds through different perspectives captured in three episodes across four audio-visual interviews conducted by filmmakers Sharmila and Sundar, primarily interested in investigating and documenting on his whereabouts.
95 min / 2016 / Ireland / English
Director: John Butler
Lonely Ned is resigned to his status as the school outsider and the constant insinuations about his sexuality. Everything changes with the arrival of his new roommate Conor, a star player in the rugby team, and English teacher Dan Sherry whose presence evokes The Dead Poets Society as he asks the boys: “If you spend your whole life being someone else, who is going to be you ?” The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities.
Best Irish Film at Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
THE PURSUIT: 50 YEARS IN THE FIGHT FOR LGBT RIGHTS
59mins / 2016 /USA / English
Director: Ilana Trachtman
The pursuit of happiness for the LGBT community continues 50 years after activists protested discrimination against “homosexuals” in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. LGBT elders recall life in the 1960’s, when “gays” were “hidden in plain sight,” vulnerable to arrest and psychiatric treatment, fired from jobs, and publicly shamed.
A thoughtful look back and an intimate look at the present, The Pursuit reminds us that while the past half-century has seen momentous changes, the fight for LGBT rights continues today.
Award of Excellence, Special Mention at Indie Fest
Award of Excellence, Special Mention at ImpactDocs
TWO SOFT THINGS, TWO HARD THINGS
71mins / 2016 / Canada / English
Director(s): Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa
As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.
This warm and thoughtful documentary looks at the challenges faced by LGBTQ Inuit and how a new generation is forging a more inclusive society. It also shows how the growing embrace of LGBTQ Inuit is helping the whole community on its journey to heal the past
Audience Award at Queer North Film Festival, Sudbury