Travelling campus queer film festival comes to Kolkata


By NewsGram staff writer

Kolkata: KASHISH Forward, India’s first travelling campus queer film festival, is coming to Kolkata on Tuesday with a gift of international and national cinema and rounds of discussions to connect the youth with LGBT issues.

An initiative by 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 Blue Dress’ (Spanish) are set to be screened at the varsity on Tuesday, in addition to a discussion on homophobia, gender sensitization and queer issues, with campus being the main backdrop, organizers 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.


(With inputs from IANS)