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KASHISH, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival join forces to showcase LGBTQIA+ films


Six short films from KASHISH will be screened on 6 February as part of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

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The organizers of the  KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival have joined hands with their counterparts at the 31st Kala Ghoda Arts Festival to showcase a line-up of films that focus on gay, lesbian and transgender concerns. Although this will be the third year where the two festivals are collaborating, this is the first time when the films will be screened virtually.

The organizers of KASHISH took to Twitter on Thursday to share the news.

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion titled ‘Trans Representation in Mainstream Media’, which will bring together actors and content creators to discuss the representation of transgender women in feature films released recently in theatres or OTT platforms. The speakers on the panel will be award-winning director Ranjith Sankar, actor Ashish Sharma, transgender activist and actor Rudrani Chhetri, actor Benjamin Daimary, and filmmaker and actor Pradipta Ray. The panel will be moderated by filmmaker and festival director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival Sridhar Rangayan.

Speaking about the collaboration, Rangayan said, “This is the third year in succession that KASHISH is collaborating with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, this time virtually. As one of the leading platforms in India curating and programming LGBTQIA+ content, we try to create a year-round slate of programming with other film festivals in India and across the world and also with organizations and corporates. We want to spread the message of rainbow love!”

Rohini Ramnathan, content director, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021, said, “The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has been synonymous with Mumbai city for over two decades now. The festival has always echoed the plurality of cultures in every form — be it the arts or its people. KASHISH MIQFF represents an integral sub sect — the LGBTQIA+ community and their artistic expression thereof with cinema. We are proud to collaborate with KASHISH MIQFF for bringing a superlative showcase of queer-themed short films. Further to this, a panel discussion on trans representation in mainstream media is timely and relevant. I hope these events are attended by all at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021, virtually from the comfort of their homes”.

The 31st Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will begin on 6 February with the Best of KASHISH – International programme of six short films that showcase the diversity of global LGBTQ experiences in Brazil, Macedonia, Taiwan, UK and USA. These films either won awards at KASHISH 2020 or were popular choices with the audience members. The films will be available for a period of 48 hours for people in India who register for the event.

The 12th edition of KASHISH will be held from 20-30 May as a hybrid event. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is being held from 6-14 February.

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