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India’s First Residential Transgender School to be inaugurated in Kochi, will initially enrol 10 Transgender

The school will help transgender provide sustainability, security and salvation

Participants dance under a a rainbow flag as they attend the sixth Delhi Queer Pride parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi. VOA

Kochi, Dec 17, 2016: India will have its first residential transgender school, Sahaj International School, in Kerala’s commercial capital, Kochi. The Christian organization in Kochi leased the land for the school. Activists Faisal CK, Maya Menon, and Vijayaraja Mallika made the announcement on 10th December.

The school will initially enroll 10 transgender who will follow the National Open School curriculum.

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According to Indian Express, Kalki Subramaniam, transgender rights activist and artist, will inaugurate the school on December 30. The school will be led by 6 transgender associated with TransIndia Foundation.

“In the beginning, we have a few sponsors supporting us. We are planning to seek financial help from the government after proving its worthiness,” said Vijayaraja Mallika, who mooted this idea.

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The students have been chosen from different Transgender communities, including a migrant and a disabled student. The school will provide the education equivalent to Class X and XII.

“The aim of Transgender School is to provide transgenders security, salvation and sustainability,” Mallika added.

The transgenders had great difficulty in finding a place to start a school. “We must have been turned down by at least 50 building owners,” Mallika regretted.

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National Open School and Christian organization pro-life sector have offered their support for the initiative. Many teachers and social workers have offered assistance by taking classes for the students. The curriculum will also include some skill development programs. The idea behind opening the school is to inspire the belief that education is the basic human right and the initiative will ensure that school drop-outs can resume their studies.

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ Could Have Been Paramount in Portraying a Transgender Woman’s Struggle

"A Fantastic Woman" fails to carry us along in its protagonist's tough journey from bereavement to isolation to confrontation to settlement. Marina can't wait to get out of it.

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'A fantastic Women' seems stretched out. Flickr

Film: “A Fantastic Woman” (Spanish, with English Subtitles, based on a transgender woman); Director: Sebastian Lelio; Starring: Daniela Vega; Rating: 1/2 (2 and a half stars)

“A Fantastic Woman” could have been penetrating portrait of a transgender woman’s struggle for dignity after her middle-aged lover suddenly dies on her.

Marina (played with consummate sensitivity by Daniela Vega) never quite recovers from the traumatic shock. Neither does the film. It quickly goes downhill from the point of tragedy, building what looks like a shell-shocked narrative in-sync with the stupor that falls over Daniela’s soul after Orlando (Francisco Reyes) passes away.

The ensuing trauma of a ‘woman’ who is unacceptable to society for her gender and status in the life of the man she loved, is brought out like a dentist extracting rotten teeth. It is a graceless situation.And director Sebastian Lelio goes with the frown, rendering every crease in Daniela’s disheveled existence in shades of black and fright.

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Spanish makes the dialogue-heavy sequences, makes it seem unnecessarily stretched-out and verbose. Flickr

Daniela’s dilemma is so in-your-face, it hardly needed to be affirmed so strongly by the narrative. Her humiliation is shown in scenes in the hospital and at the police station. And we know what happens to the mistress specially when she is gender-challenged. But Marina’s behaviour post the tragedy eschews empathy. She frets, fumes, snarls and at one point even jumps on to the car of her deceased lover’s family to bounce up and down.

By this point the edgy narrative begins to look uneasily unfocused.

Perhaps Marina’s unconventional methods of protest are a cultural things. Maybe in Chile, the conventions of bereavement are played out at a pitch that seems fairly bizarre to us. Also, the fact that the film is in Spanish makes the dialogue-heavy sequences, such as the one where Marina is confronted by Orlando’s wife in a car basement, seems unnecessarily stretched-out and verbose.

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“A Fantastic Woman” fails to carry us along in its protagonist’s tough journey from bereavement to isolation to confrontation to settlement. Marina can’t wait to get out of it.

Neither can we. (IANS)