Black Sheep

LGBTQ Program: Black Sheep || That’s My Boy

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SUNDAY, OCT 16th, 2016 || 1:30 PM || SIFF FILM CENTER

Stories of family and adventure, rejection and courage.

BLACK SHEEP: An unflinching look into the lives of Transgender women living in the slums of India.

THAT’S MY BOY: Story of a guy, who was a girl.

Filmmaker Reshel Shah will be in attendance for a post-film Q/A


Directed by Reshel Shah  Black Sheep                                                             
Run time: 72min
Language: Hindi (with English subtitles)
Country: India
Year: 2015

The film takes the viewer’s through a journey of friendship, family and fate following the filmmaker Reshel Shah as she spends time with a close-knit group of trans-gendered women in Mumbai, India to understand more about the gender inequality and the struggles they face in their everyday life. ‘Black Sheep’ follows Reshel as she develops a close bond with these women who share their life experiences with her, teaching her about their love, work, friendship, dream and goals in life. The film’s plot is an honest portrayal about life and its struggles but touches on the acceptance of more than just equality and the importance of following one’s dream.


Reshel ShahFilm lecturer at SAE Dubai and independent filmmaker Reshel Shah Kapoor picked up two awards for her documentary feature film titled ‘Black Sheep’, at the Human Rights Awards and World Documentary Award . Under the umbrella of the International Film Festivals, a group dedicated to give honor and appreciation to people who work and dedicate their lives fighting for human rights, the awards were established to support the United Nations in promoting days dedicated to humanitarian causes.

Reshel is already working on her next feature film that is currently in development and funding stages with a projected date to commence filming by the end of the year. Her second film titled “Le Passant” which means The Passer By, will also take on a humanitarian approach.

Reshel Shah will be in attendance.


Directed by Akhil Sathyandet1
Run time: 24min
Language: Malayalam (with English subtitles)
Country: India
Year: 2016

“That’s My Boy” is a 24 min documentary that portrays the life of Sonu, who strongly disagrees that his gender is the biological one. Sonu was born a girl but he always knew that his physical body and mental identify were at odds with each other. Amidst add adverse circumstances and a very poor social background Sonia flew towards her goal of defining a synergistic relationship between her body and mind, which finally made her a ‘him’, Sonu.


dirAkhil Sathyan is a freelance film co-director from Kerala. Leaving Wipro Technologies where he spent two years as a Project Engineer, he made his desire a reality by joining film industry as a leading co-director. He has assisted in six major feature films with leading celebrities and technicians in India