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LGBTQ ‘People Of Color’ Centerstage at KASHISH 2019

Four films from USA, Canada, Kenya and India spotlight the struggles of black and POC (people of color) LGBTQ communities

“The Centerpiece films occupy a special place in KASHISH programming as it spotlights some of the key issues these films address apart from the fact that they are mindblowing good films! The two narrative centerpiece films Nagarkirtan and Rafiki highlight the struggles of LGBTQ persons in India and Kenya, specially transgender and lesbian women. These films have won huge acclaim and awards for their cinematic expression and sensitive portrayal. While the centerpiece documentary Our Dance Of Revolution highlights the oft marginalized black and people of color communities within the LGBTQ movement in Canada, the 1989 film Tongues Untied (digitally restored) documents the participation of black LGBTQ persons in the earliest days of struggle in the USA”, said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director.

“KASHISH, being the biggest South Asian LGBTQ film festivals, wants to put the black & people of colour issues centerstage”, added Rangayan.



Friday June 14th 5.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas


83 min / 2018 / Kenya   / Narrative Feature

Dir: Wanuri Kahiu

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.



Friday June 14th 7.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas


115 min / 2017 / India / Narrative Feature

Dir: Kaushik Ganguly

Unable to cope with the trauma of being betrayed by Subhash, Porimal, a trans woman, runs away from home and joins a ghetto of eunuchs as Puti and sings at traffic signals to earn money. There she falls in love with Madhu, a delivery boy with a Chinese restaurant who moonlights as a flutist in kirtans. Their love blossoms while they dream of raising money required for the sex reassigned surgery after meeting the first transgender person in India who has completed Doctor of Philosophy, Manabi Bandyopadhyay. But transphobic society does not support their dreams.



Saturday June 15th 2.45pm | Metro INOX

OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION                  

102 min / 2019 / Canada / Documentary Feature  

Dir: Phillip Pike

This untold history of Toronto’s Black queer community spans four decades of passionate activist rebellion. Refusing to be silenced and raging with love, the featured trailblazers demanded a city where they could all live their truths free from the threat of violence. In the spaces they found for loud laughter and sweaty block parties, they also found themselves.



Friday June 14th 9.30am | Liberty Carnival Cinemas


55 min / 1989 / USA / Documentary Feature

Dir: Marlon Riggs

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the “Institute of Snap!thology,” where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap. The film closes with obituaries for victims of AIDS and archival footage of the civil rights movement placed next to footage of Black men marching in a gay pride parade.

Daniel Moretti, Director of Distribution & Educational Programming of Frameline, said:
“Frameline Distribution is thrilled that KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will have the Indian Premiere of the 30th anniversary screening of Tongues Untied, which has toured the globe at leading film festivals. KASHISH’s leadership in queer film and bold programming makes it the perfect home for this special event”, said Daniel Moretti, Director of Distribution & Educational Programming of Frameline which is the oldest LGBT film festival in the world.

Register for KASHISH 2019 at: https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/kashish-2019-over-the-rainbow/ET00101778
KASHISH is presently raising funds through crowdfunding on Wishberry to organise the festival. KASHISH 2019 is crowdfunding on: https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/kashish-2019-over-the-rainbow


KASHISH 2019 Theme

KASHISH 2019 festival theme ‘Over The Rainbow’ not only commemorates the reading down of Sec 377 and decriminalization of same-sex relationships in India, but also defines the challenges in store for the LGBTQ community’s journey towards empowerment and social acceptance. Bringing together films from all over the world as well as panel discussions and performances, the festival will showcase the shared struggles and victories, and offer a window to existing and future possibilities. Let’s together journey over the rainbow to discover the land of equality & dignity.


About KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

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 theatre. Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation and organized by Solaris Pictures. Besides the annual film festival its other initiatives are KASHISH Forward – India’s first travelling campus LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH Global – that facilitates screening of Indian LGBTQ films across the world, Best of KASHISH film screenings and KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – a festival of LGBTQ films in regional languages.

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