Directed by Sridhar Rangayan, starring Sonal Giani, Anand Grover & Prashansa Gurung, India, 2014, 66 Minutes
Hosted at: Dreamland Art Studio, 387 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY 14202
Purple Skies-Voice of Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transmen in India “weaves together stories of pain, trauma, hope and happiness of lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) persons to offer an evocative, endearing tapestry of contemporary Indian LBT lives – sometime sad, sometime anguished, sometime dreamy and sometime hopeful,” the film description reads.
An LGBT activist himself, Rangayan talks to other activists as well as lesbians, bisexuals and transmen on what it is like to live in India while being open about their sexuality. The film also looks at the direct impact of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on their lives.
One of the activists terms living as a lesbian as a ‘double disempowerment’, calling the discussion of sexuality an added burden on the second class status of women in India.
The film premiered earlier this year at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. It has also been screened at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin, Ireland, Frameline and the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
About Reel Queer Film Series:
REEL Queer is more than just a film series…it’s a community! Since establishment in 2013, REEL Queer has promoted works produced by LGBTQ filmmakers and/or highlight issues relevant to the LQBTQ community. The series has recently undergone a change in venue, from Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center to the freshly 501c3 inaugurated Dreamland Studio & Gallery at 587 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY. The series is co-sponsored by Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.