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LGBT films at CSAFF 2018
2018-09-19

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Evening Shadows explores how a mother, Vasudha, copes with her young gay son's revelation of his sexuality in a small town in Southern India. Bound by traditions and morality, she has no one to turn to dispel her fears and doubt, confronting the conservative patriarchal society and its rigid cultural traditions as well as her dogmatic husband.

Monogamish follows Sagar and Nishi—sexually fluid, Indian companions of sorts who are not in a 'typical' relationship with one another. Although the intimacy and connection they have are undeniable, they are not partners and they are not cheating. Sagar is already in a committed relationship and all three parties are aware. This film explores the dynamics and strength of these two non-traditional couples, where agreements are made and boundaries are challenged.

Noblemen is about a teenage boy's coming to terms with his sexuality. Shay is picked on constantly, with the main perpetrators being Arjun, the tall athletic sports captain, and his best friend Baadal. Shay and Pia, the spunky daughter of the new junior school principal, are cast as Bassanio and Portia in the Founder's Day production of Merchant of Venice. Indignant, Baadal vows to get Shay's part at any cost and turns to his buddy Arjun for help. Events take a sinister turn when Shay walks in on Arjun, Baadal and their cronies on a debauched night.

Rani, a pre-feature short by Hammad Rizvi, is about a Pakistani transgender woman who sets out to take care of an abandoned child.

Mehndi, a pre-feature short by Sudeshna Sen, is about two young girls who ,on the threshold of womanhood, pass a secret designed to alter their lives forever, amidst the bright colorful flurry of an Indian bridal shower.


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