Alliance Francaise de Bombay

May 25


PLACE (short film)

Dir: Itamar Lider Shiri
15 min / 2016/Israel/ Hebrew/Narrative Short / Indian Premiere

She has multiple sclerosis, under the care of her only son, Yair. But Yair wants to move to his boyfriend’s place, despite his mother’s illness. Soon he finds out that sometimes freedom has a price.

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Dir: Truus Kaspers, Sander Houwen
44 min / 2016 / Netherlands / Dutch / Documentary Short / World Premiere

Directed by a mother and son team this documentary is a nostalgic and insightful journey of six pairs of queer sons and their mothers. They sit across the kitchen table and talk candidly about their coming-out. While sons give a fascinating insight into their journey from discovering their own orientation to gradually picking up the courage to come out and facing the subsequent developments, the mothers talk frankly about their struggle and especially their relief once it was out in the open.


FAMILY MATTERS! (Short Films Package – 94 min)

The support of family can help one survive tough times, but some times this journey is not so smooth – especially when riddles with secrets. Seven moving films that traverse different stories – from starting a family to being accepted by one’s family. They reaffirm one fact that family is what matters!


DEAR DAD (Feature Film)

Dir: Tanuj Bhramar
95 min / 2016 / India / Hindi / Narrative Feature

14 year old Shivam, and his 45 year old dad Nitin embark on an impromptu road trip from their home, in Delhi, to Mussorie, where Shivam attends boarding school. He asks Shivam to cancel his plans of travelling with his school friends and to, instead, accompany him to the boarding school. On the way, they spot a 28-year old handsome model, Aditya, who is a reality TV show celebrity, asking for a lift. Shivam forces Nitin to take Aditya along with them as he’s a fan of his show. Shivam is shocked when his father makes a revelation. The film is a bittersweet coming of age story that inverts the traditional coming out narrative, with the father coming out to the son.The support of family can help one survive tough times, but some times this journey is not so smooth – especially when riddles with secrets. Seven moving films that traverse different stories – from starting a family to being accepted by one’s family. They reaffirm one fact that family is what matters!



Dir: Abdulla Al Kaabi
80 min / 2016 / UAE / Arabic / Narrative Feature / International Premiere

A blind mother welcomes her estranged daughters to tell them a secret. Unfortunately, she accidentally dies while sharing it. During the funeral, the daughters try to deal with their mother’s sudden death and also work together to unveil her secret by looking for clues from visitors. Throughout the funeral, their own lives continue to unravel, giving room for buried family tensions to gradually surface, while struggling to deal with their own secrets and deep-rooted guilt. The daughters start to question everything about their mother’s life after a peculiar encounter.

May 26


TRANSITIONING: TRANSGENDER CHILDREN (Documentary Feature in Competition)

Dir: Roser Oliver & Lluís Montserrat
52 min / 2016/ Spain / Spanish, Catalan / Documentary Feature / Indian Premiere
A poignant exploration of the transition, told through first-hand stories by four young trans* and gender-nonconforming people. Their moving statements shed light on their lives, both before and after making the transition, and the difficult process that parents often go through in accepting that change.


Girls Shorts (Short Films Package – 93 min)

Moving, moody, spunky and funny – nine short films about female longing and belonging!


THE VICTIM (Country Focus: UK)

Dir: Basil Dearden
101 min / 1961 / UK / English / Narrative Feature

A plea for reform of England’s anti-sodomy statutes, this film pits Melville Farr, a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young queer guy (who is being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr’s car. After the suicide, Farr tracks down other queer men being extorted for money by the same blackmailer. The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris considers the sodomy law nothing more than an aid to blackmailers, and helps Farr in calling his blackmailer’s bluff. The movie, far ahead of its time, ends with Farr and his wife coming to terms with his own orientation after the public exposure he faces in the blackmailer’s trial.


PILLOW TALK (Short Film)

Dir: Louise Marie Cooke
8 min / 2016 / UK / English / Narrative Short / World Premiere

Set in 1993, best friends Cara and Lucy spend the evening together talking about music and boys, but it soon becomes apparent that Lucy has an ulterior motive to her questions.

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BARASH (Feature Film)

Dir: Michal Vinik
81 min / 2015 / Israel / Hebrew / Narrative Feature / Mumbai Premiere

Young Naama Barash enjoys hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a home where her parents always fight, and a rebellious, army-enrolled sister, who, one day, disappears. As a new girl shows up in the neighbourhood, Barash falls deep in love for the first time, and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning.

May 27


IN LOVE AS IN LIVE (Canto Alla Vita) (Documentary Feature in Competition)

Dir: Turi Finocchiaro, Nathalie Rossetti & Nicolas Liguori (animated sequences)
62 min / 2016 / Belgium, France / French / Documentary Feature / Asian Premiere

Raymond and Raymond are couple. When one of them, already HIV positive for the past 27 years, and the other gets cancer, their struggle becomes a joint one. Expressing their love to their friends, they try to shape a new life, full of the unknown. Their journey sweeps us along on an amazing sentimental odyssey.


STUDENTS SHORTS COMPETITION I (Short Films Package – 88 min)

For a long time KASHISH has been feeling the need to recognize the student filmmakers. Each year the festival also gets numerous entries from these ‘future’ filmmakers from various film and media schools around the world. Though these films are fresh in approach and technique, it would only be fair if these can compete among equals and not with the seasoned filmmakers. We are happy that finally a new award category is included for the student short films.

Twelve students’ films are contending for the Best Student Short award. Here is the first batch of six student shorts!


ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY (Documentary Short)

Dir: Gabe Schimmel
17 min / 2015 / USA / English / Documentary Short / Mumbai Premiere

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story follows Greg and Michael as they struggle with a disease that is actively eradicating the memory of a beautiful relationship 40+ years in the making, and the love that has held them together through it all.

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NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED (Etiqueta No Rigurosa) (Documentary Feature in Competition)

Dir: Cristina Herrera Bórquez
92 min / 2016 / Mexico / Spanish / Documentary Feature / Asian Premiere

Victor Manuel Aguirre and Fernando Urias are beauty professionals in Baja California, Mexico. They are known for beautifying Mexicali socialites. For many of their customers they were a lovely couple, until they decided to legally marry and become the first gay couple in the state to fight for their rights in a place filled with homophobia and inequality. Facing a wave of criticism and outrage from the city council, through their struggle, they wake up the members of Baja Californian society.


STORM-DRENCHED MINDS (Cerveaux Mouillés d’Orages) Documentary Feature in Competition

Director: Lhémon Karine
75 min / 2016 / France / French / Documentary Feature / International Premiere

STORM-DRENCHED MINDS is an inspiring story of Hélène and Laurence, two handicapped women who are newly married. It is a story about being marginalized, about autonomy, a search for freedom and its shining message. Rejecting pathos, the film shows lives and their imperfections as forms of resistance in a world mainly adapted to and fit for able-bodied persons.


THE PURSUIT: 50 YEARS IN THE FIGHT FOR LGBT RIGHTS (Centerpiece Documentary Feature)

Dir: Ilana Trachtman
59 min / 2016 / USA / English / Documentary Feature / Asian Premiere

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.


UK SHORTS (Country Focus – Short Films Package – 59 mins)

Six short films about love and bonding from this year’s country in focus – The United Kingdom.


THE CITY OF THE FUTURE (A Cidade do Futuro)

Dir: Cláudio Marques & Marília Hughes
76 min / 2016 / Brazil / Portuguese / Narrative Feature / Asian Premiere

Mila teaches drama in the same school where Gilmar, the biological father of her to-be born child, is a history teacher. She is also in a relationship with a young cattle herder, Igor. The film follows these people’s path in the town of Serra do Ramalho, in the drylands of Bahia, and society’s reaction to this unusual story as the trio prepares to form an unconventional family.

May 28


LANDSCAPES (Documentary Feature)

Dir: Vincent Fournier & Philipp Baben Der Erde
52 min / 2016 / France, Thailand / Thai / Documentary Feature / Asian Premiere

Four different stories of a small group of transgender friends living in rural areas , North East of Thailand (Isan). Their daily life is made of basic repetitive things: eating, sleeping, working, partying, dreaming and coping with that peculiar feeling that they will never be able to live their life fully, never reach any level of happiness. A hard fate, for sure, but accepting it and agreeing to tell us what it means – even in a country like Thailand, where everybody says it’s easier to be accepted as a transgender (a false affirmation) – reveals extraordinary characters whose personal balance is always at risk. Sad but true, these stories are nevertheless also very positive as the message brought by these universal cameos is so powerful and sincere that you can only be touched.


ASIA PACIFIC SHORTS (Short Films Package – 77 min)

KASHISH MIQFF is proud to be a member of Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance – a network of seventeen queer film festivals throughout the Asia Pacific that aims to nurture the amazing queer films being made in the region.


HELL OR HIGH WATER (Documentary Short)

Dir: Asurf Oluseyi
32 min / 2016 / Nigeria / English / Narrative Short / Indian Premiere

Pastor Gbolahan is loved and adored by the people around him. Things change for him when he confronts a hidden truth about himself – a truth that could make or break him psychologically.

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DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION 2 (Short Films Package – 70 min)

The second program of documentary shorts nominated in competition, focus on the acceptance of its queer subjects in their own homelands. The Best Documentary Short award, from this year also carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 instituted by the K.F. Patil Charitable Trust, Mumbai.



Dir: Gagik Ghazareh
76 min / 2016 / Armenia, Georgia / Armenian / Documentary Feature / Asian Premiere

In 2012, after the explosion at a local LGBT friendly pub in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia and the attacks on the Diversity Parade, hate crime for the LGBT Community has been gaining a momentum and is continuing doing so to this date. 10 representatives of Armenian LGBT community braved to come out of the closet and talk about their experiences in front of the camera, in a country where majority of population is against giving them any rights.


DECODING DRAG (Short Films Package – 36min)

Drag is not just about donning outrageous make-up and stilettos. It requires much more than that. Most importantly to be comfortable in the skin that one is in. A mixed package about the glitterati and grit that transforms one into a purrrfect drag queen!

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Dir: Tabs Breese & Georgia Oakley
26 min / 2017 / India, UK / Kannada, Tamil, English / Documentary Short / World Premiere

A coming-of-age documentary following the lives of Pratiksha, Shalu and Purushi, three of Bangalore’s colourful, complicated LGBTQI community members struggling to find their place in contemporary Indian society, often via the only means of making a living available to them.



Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival has provided a platform for emerging filmmakers who make films on queer themes with great passion but greater resource crunch and against many odds. The festival provides a springboard to them to showcase their films on an international scale. For many filmmakers KASHISH remains the only avenue to showcase their queer films to a larger mainstream audience in the country.

At this moderated Filmmakers’ Interface, a panel of emerging women filmmakers speak about their joy, anxiety, passion and glory of taking those baby steps into filmdom.

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NOTE: Schedule subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the festival.

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