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A blockbuster comedy that KASHISH has dug out from Punjabi mainstream cinema! Moti Dogar, the local Robin Hood of a village is shot dead while saving his village from being sold to the village headman. Subedaar Tota Singh, a retired army man manages to keep Moti’s death a secret. Before the headman’s goons can forcibly get the entire village vacated, Tota Singh finds Moti’s look-alike. The only hitch is that the look-alike is a Hijra. Will this Hijra be ‘man enough’ to save the villagers. The film ticks all the boxes for a B movie – in-your-face comedy, song-and-dance sequences, and even a laughter track. But, this rib-tickling camp movie is not to be missed because its heart is in the right place. For once, this is a film that doesn’t cry about how society treats Hijras, but where Hijras are needed by the society!
The film plays as part of the `Indian Focus - Regional Films'.

(2009) 95 min/ Feature/ INDIA/ Director: B. D. Sharma
Screening @: May 27, 2012, Cinemax Versova, 3.15 pm



Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to a community of transgender individuals known as Warias, biological men who live openly as women. TALES OF THE WARIA follows four characters from this little-known community as they search for romance and intimacy. At times comical and at times heartbreaking, the film uncovers a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and religion, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love - whatever the consequences. This eye-opening multiple award documentary, shot in the scenic coastal region of South Sulawesi, takes us to nightclubs, salons, and into the characters’ homes and hearts, to offer glimpse of a life, culture and community that is rarely talked about and often misunderstood.

(2011) 56 min/ Documentary Feature/ USA/ Director: Kathy Huang
Screening @: May 26, 2012, Cinemax Versova, 10.00 am



Original Title: Chittegalu Haradali

Shilpa, a young castrated Hijra in Bengaluru faced severe police torture and abuse from the medical establishment. They forcibly made her a ‘man’ by re-grafting a male organ onto her body. The film portrays the real life plight of Shilpa and interweaves the infamous case of Banashakari police violence where Hijras and human rights activists were subjected to illegal detention and custodial torture in October 2008. As Shipa continues her quest for love and acceptance, the film raises an important question about why Hijras are denied their fundamental right to live with dignity and how long will their sufferings continue?

(2012) 74 min/ Documentary Feature/ INDIA/ Director: Gopal Menon
Screening @: May 26, 2012, Alliance Francaise, 1.30 pm



How far would you go to win back the love of your life? Perhaps send flowers, write poetry or even serenade that man of your dreams until he can take it no more? Paul, a hot but self-centered hunk and ad executive has other, more extreme ideas when sensitive hunk Brad drops him and begins dating another man. Not used to losing, and determined to regain his love, Paul decides to pretend to have a life-threatening illness in what he sees as a foolproof method in ensuring Brad’s return. But will the tangled web he weaves, get him in hot water rather than in to the arms of his hot man?

(2011) 95 min/ Narrative/ USA/ Director: Michael Simon
Screening @: May 26, 2012, Cinemax Versova, 6.15 pm


Zack and Casey’s fragile relationship runs into trouble when they meet gorgeous Benji at the summer drama camp. Soon, Benji and Zack are paired up to perform as the lead pair in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Casey’s trusted friend Penny takes matters into her own hands by setting a poison oak trap for Benji so that Casey can step in as Benji’s understudy. But do things ever go as planned?

(2011) 90 min/ Feature/ USA/ Director: Q. Allan Brocka
Screening @: May 25, 2012, Cinemax Versova, 11.00 pm



Burnt Money Original Title: Plata Quemada (Queer Classics)

Based on Ricardo Piglia’s best seller of the same name set in Argentina of 1965, this true story follows the riotous relationship between Nene and Angel, who became lovers and ultimately ruthless bank robbers in a notoriously famous footnote in the annals of Argentinean crime history. Nicknamed as ‘the twins’ because of their inseparable relationship, Nene and Angel along with Cuervo rob a bank, and flee from Argentina across the border to Uruguay, after a large-scale hold-up that turns bloody. Angel is hurt and they must lie low until he recovers. With the cops closing in, the two lovers must confront their demons to survive.

125 min/ Feature/ ARGENTINA, SPAIN, URUGUAY/ Director: Marcelo Piñeyro

Screening @: May 26, 2012, Cinemax Versova, 11.00 pm

Queens! Destiny of Dance

A film about the love, laughter, jealously and tears of a close-knit Hijra family. Starring Seema Biswas in an iconic role as a Hijra guru, it also stars well-known south Indian actor Vineeth as a Hijra along with the Hijra activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi. The story is told through the eyes of a young hijra named Mukta - beautiful, the best dancer in the community, a natural leader whom all the other ‘girls’ look up to. This film aims to reveal a journey of life in human experience that is seldom understood The film plays as part of the `Indian Focus - Regional Films'.

(2011) 112 min/ Feature/ INDIA/ Director: David Atkins
Screening @: May 26, 2012, Cinemax Versova, 11.00 am

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The Night Is Young (Raat Baaki)
Queens! Destiny of Dance
My Child Is Gay
Bollywood Beats
Breaking The Surface
Burnt Money
Family Khusreyan Di
Is It Just Me ?
The String (Le Fil)
Make The Yuletide Gay

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