Travelling campus queer film fest comes to Kolkata

Kolkata, Sep 28 (IANS) India’s first travelling campus queer film festival, KASHISH Forward, is coming to the eastern metropolis on Tuesday with a bouquet of international and national cinema and rounds of discussions to connect the youth with LGBT issues.

An initiative of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, the campus edition is a series of one-day festivals that travel to campuses across India, aiming to reach out and create awareness about issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)community.

Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan, the festival director, will be traveling to Kolkata for a series of screenings and talks at the Presidency University here.

Short films like “A Love Such As This” (“Ek Maaya Ashi Hi” in Marathi) and the “The Blue Dress” (Spanish) are set to be screened at the varsity on Tuesday, in addition to a discussion on homophobia, gender sensitisation and queer issues, with campus being the main backdrop, organisers said on Monday.

Rangayan’s critically-acclaimed documentary “Purple Skies” will be shown at the Alliance Francaise du Bengale, here on September 30.

This apart, the assemblage of films would also be brought to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur campus on October 1.

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