Event: Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2012

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Kashish International Queer Film Festival, 2012, Mumbai
Kashish International Queer Film Festival, 2012, Mumbai
Kashish International Queer Film Festival, 2012, Mumbai

In recent times, the queer community has witnessed many path breaking changes, from the many queer parades that happen in cities across India to the historic verdict by the Delhi High Court  on Section 377. So what does it really mean to be queer? The answer is multi-layered and multi-textured and what better way to explore it than through cinema.

The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival which is now in its third year, hopes to address many more such thoughts and expressions. This year the festival was inaugurated by National award winning filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who is also a patron of Kashish, and has members like Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Mayank Shekhar, Renuka Shahane, Mona Ambegaonkar, Parvin Dabbas and Roy Wadia on the Jury list.

Beginners (USA), Opening Film
Beginners (USA), Opening Film

The festival will be held from May 23rd to May 27th at two venues, Cinemax, Versova and Alliance Française de Bombay, New Marine Lines. The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival  2012 will be playing 120 films from 30 countries with Oscar Award winning film Beginners (USA) as the opening film. Other must watch films this year are August (USA), Gigola (France), Men To Kiss (Germany), My Last Round (Chile, Argentina), Owls (USA), We The Outsiders (India), Family Khusreyan Di (India), Tales Of The Waria (USA), Let The Butterflies Fly (India), The Love Patient (USA), Eating Out: Drama Camp (USA), Burnt Money (Argentina, Spain, Uruguay) Queens! Destiny Of Dance (India) and Role Play (USA) .

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2012
Dates: May 23rd to May 27th
Venue:  Cinemax, Versova and Alliance Française de Bombay, New Marine Lines

The venues will also host numerous other allied events as listed below –

Art Exhibition – Celebrating the lost art of Bollywood Billboards with a `queer twist’
Date: May 23-27, 2012
Venue: Art Corner, Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova

Panel Discussion – Playing Safe: Talking about Safe Sex, HIV/AIDS through popular media
Date: May 24, 2012
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova

Book Reading – Writing Queer! Readings from Out! – a new anthology of LGBT stories from India
Date: May 25
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova

KASHISH Konversations – Face-to -Face with Hollywood filmmaker Rob Williams
Date: May 26, 2012
Time: 3.15 pm
Venue: Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova

Open House – Dialogues with emerging filmmakers
Date: May 26, 2012
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova

Panel Discussion -The Pink Screen: Breaking the glass ceiling for queer portrayals in popular Indian cinema
Date: May 27, 2012
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova

You can find the complete list of films playing at Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2012 on the Kashish website.

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