One of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival’s flagship initiative – to take LGBTQ films beyond the space of the film festival to other platforms and spaces.
Considering the need for conversations around LGBT, KASHISH Mumbai international Queer Film Festival – India’s and South Asia’s biggest LGBT film festival, presents a one and a half hour customised programme of of films and discussions for corporates.
Watch some path breaking films from around the world that offer a glimpse into lives of lesbian and gay persons and their families. Also, host a stimulating discussion around films.
What it means to the straight allies:
The films and discussions will be a window into the broad spectrum of the lives of their LGBT colleagues. Besides sensitizing the audience to the issues of LGBT persons, it will show that their lives are no different from their own.
What it means to LGBT employees:
* For many LGBT employees being out at the work place is a major decision. They are unsure of the reaction from their colleagues or seniors or how it would impact their careers and families. The films will portray their lives realistically, away from the stereotypes mainstream cinema is known for and offer points of discussion.
* KASHISH Rendezvous will be held at Corporate offices of the company as part of their D & I initiatives.
* Companies can choose Program I or Program II.
* We can also tailor programs on other topics that maybe of specific interest to the company.
* The Company is at liberty to leverage the program internally and externally among its networks.
KASHISH has held KASHISH Rendezvous at two leading global finance companies – one in Mumbai and the other in Bangalore.
At both the events a curated package of films were screened and a panel discussion was held – one about ‘Coming Out to family, friends and at workplace’ and the other about ‘Representation of LGBT stories in mainstream Bollywood’. Some of the panelists included well known actors Renuka Shahane and Mona Ambegaonkar and film critic Mayank Shekar.
At both the events, with about 150 – 200 audiences, the screening and panel discussion were followed by a very interactive session with staff members of the corporate. There was a great stress about how to understand LGBT persons better so that the corporate environment could be more inclusive without stigma and discrimination.
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