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India’s Queer Cinema || My Child is Gay & I am Happy || Dancing Queens

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This program is part of the
SYMPOSIUM:
Race, Sexuality and Censorship: Film, Art and Activism in India and Beyond

TUESDAY, OCT 18, 2016|| 4:30PM || THOMPSON HALL 101, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

INDIA’S QUEER CINEMA: NOT MANY SINNERS

Presented by Lyle Pearson

Despite a rich tradition of queer mythology in India, Henry the VIII’s anti-buggery law took effect as part of British imperialism in 1860. Presently, many depictions of homosexuality in Indian film endeavor to overturn this law, known as Section 377, rather that to perpetuate it.


MY CHILD IS GAY & I’M HAPPY

DETDirected by Sopan Muller
Runtime: 32min
Language: Hindi/English (with English subtitles)
Country: India
Year: 2016

Synopsis
A series of interviews of some remarkable parents whose children are from the LGBT community. It shows their journey from being unsuspecting and often unaccepting, to the caring, supportive parents they are today. The film is an important documentary which gives the viewer a peak into the lives of the LGBT community, in the conservative society of India, where homosexuality continues to be a crime.

DIRECTOR’S BIO

DIRSopan Muller‘s experience in filmmaking of more than 20 years, has been extensive, having handled practically every format of filmmaking and every genre – from advertising to documentaries & feature films to television.

He has directed and produced several movies such as Road, Expanding Imaginations, Zest Unbound, The Tales of the Backpacker, Free Fall.

 


DANCING QUEENS: IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY

DET1Directed by Jeff Roy
Runtime: 10min
Language: Hindi/English (with English subtitles)
Country: India
Year: 2016

Synopsis
A documentary short featuring bittersweet stories from Mumbai’s premiere professional LGBT dance troupe known as the “Dancing Queens.” Taking place over the course of five years, Dancing Queens captures the heartache of losing out to discrimination, the triumph of family, and all the dances in-between.

DIRECTOR’S BIO
DIRJeff Roy
is a filmmaker and scholar whose work focuses on queer-transgender issues through an intersectional lens and in transnational contexts. His work has been supported by fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright-mtvU, and Film Independent, and have received awards from the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco Festival of Short Films, and the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, among others. Roy’s films have also screened in competition at over 50 film festivals, appearing at such prestigious venues as the Director’s Guild of America, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Canadian Film Institute, the British Film Institute, Mumbai’s Liberty Cinema and the Godrej India Culture Lab, among others.