Artists' Television Access

Queer Filmistan 2003

Program 1

Friday, August 29, 2003, 8:00 pm, $7

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Opening Night Gala! (60 mins)

Screening of Gulabi Aina, Art Reception celebrating Anisha Narasimhan’s photographs of local South Asian queer women, and a conversation with director Shridhar Rangayan.


Gulabi Aina (Dir. Sridhar Rangayan/ India 2002/ 40 min)

This film gives us a vibrant glimpse of what happens when activists take to the screen.  This ground-breaking film made by a group of friends with deep history in the queer organizing scene in Mumbai is the fun fantasy of every South Asian drag queen.  From reenacting Umrao Jaan mujras to dealing with real life issues of HIV, this film shows the sharp witted (read bitchy) pleasures of queer family support and asks questions like: What’s the difference between kothis (a colloquial slang for gendered MSMs) and gays?  Does liberating gay men invariably lead to sidelining transgender women?  Can there be an all male and transgender female space without misogyny?  And what is it that big bulge behind the choli (blouse)?


Queer Filmistan 2003


Cinema has played a vital role in shaping queer identity in South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Queer Filmistan, the nation’s only queer South Asian international film festival, showcases film and video works by, for, about, or of interest to South Asian queer communities. It is devoted to exploring the diverse realities, deep complexities, joys and sorrows that make up the South Asian queer experience.   

Queer Filmistan is a labor of love of Trikone, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people of South Asian descent. Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the oldest group of its kind in the world.

Tickets can be purchased on-line upto 24 hours before each show at and at the door 45 minutes before each show.

Queer Filmistan 2003 has been funded through a significant grant from the Horizons Foundation.


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