Queer Lens - IFFC 2019 Schedule

Tourmaline Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s short film Happy Birthday, Marsha! (14.25 mins, English, 2018, USA) commemorates Black trans activist and performer Marsha Johnson and her role in instigating the 1969 anti-policing riots at the Stonewall Inn, a watershed event for the gay liberation movement. The film interweaves imagined scenes with found archival footage to counter the endemic erasure of trans women of color from narratives of political resistance. Created through extensive community collaboration the film stars Independent Spirit Award Winner Mya Taylor as Johnson with cinematography by Sundance winner Arthur Jafa and an original score by Geo Wyeth.

Faraz Arif Ansari’s short film Sisak (15.36 mins, Silent, 2017, India) will strike a chord on an individual and interpersonal level, regardless of whether the story is one that seems plausible in one’s own life. A return to the unspoken, unsaid and universal expressions of love, on the path of subtlety and humanity. The film produced by Futterwacken Films stars Jatin Gulati and Dhruv Singhal. This silent film has won 58 awards globally.

Anindya Shankar Das’s documentary Zara Nazar Utha Ke Dekho (24 mins, Multiple, 2018, India) juxtaposes personal narratives of cruising from the LGBTQ community, against diverse visuals of Indian public spaces, revealing different facets and complexities of urban cruising.

And finally, Wanuri Kahiu’s feature film Rafiki (82 mins, English, Swahili, 2018, Kenya) which took six years to make, starting with a script development workshop in 2012. Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. This is a women-led film with female director, writers, HODs, crew members, trainees, as well as the film’s sound- track artists. This film was banned in its home country, Kenya.

Followed by panel discussion on “Tamil Cinema and Queer Representation.”

Panelists: Nadika N, Gireesh & Priyadarshini

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