Reel Desires: Ninth Chennai International Queer Film Festival To Show 16 Films From Eight Countries | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Sixteen films from eight countries, one panel discussion and one play, all dealing with issues of sexuality and gender – the ninth edition of “Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival (CIQFF)” will feature all of this and more .
The festival, which went live last year due to the pandemic, will be held online for two weekends – December 4-5 and December 11-12.
“We don’t think the time is right for a big offline gathering. We chose the two-weekend format because we wanted to space it out. It will help grab people’s attention rather than trying to get them to. sticking to a computer screen for several hours, ”says Felix, a volunteer at Orinam, which, along with the Goethe-Institut, Nirangal Charitable Trust, Chennai Queer Café, SAATHII and the East-West Center for Counseling and Training, organizes the CIQFF 2021.
The festival, which will feature films, short films and documentaries, will be held online from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will host the premiere in India and South Asia of the documentary “Emergence: Out of the Shadows” by filmmaker Alex Sangha.
“The documentary is about people from India and other South Asian countries who made their living in Canada, their struggles to balance their different identities – being South Asian or being part of the LGBTQIA + community -” and the lack of family support as well as how other parents who support LGBTQIA children have come forward to hug other children, ”said L Ramakrishnan of the NGO SAATHII and Orinam volunteer.
The screening of the documentary on December 5 will be followed by a virtual roundtable with the filmmaker and some families of LGBTQIA people from Chennai.
The shorts include “Libre: A Celebration of Queer Body” by Arthur Lopes, “Sivanum Mohiniyum” by Ramakaushalyan, “My Mother’s Girlfriend” by Arun Phulara, “Do I know You? by Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair, and ‘Maccher Jhol’ by Abhishek Verma.
Feature films include “The First Summer,” an Australian coming-of-age film written and directed by Katie Found; and ‘Futur Drei’ / ‘No Hard Feelings’ directed by Faraz Shariat, about the experiences of queer migrants trying to find belonging in Germany.
“We worked with Equal Ground, an LGBTQIA organization in Sri Lanka, and they shared some Sinhala and Tamil films made there,” says Felix.
On December 11, the CIQFF 2021 will present a dramatic reading of a play, “Journey from A to E and more” by transgender activist Rumi Harish. “He is also a classical Hindustani musician and he will share his experiences as a transgender man. For example, when he started taking male hormones, the pitch of his voice changed and the title of the performance referred to it, ”says Ramakrishnan. “The reading will also explore how he reconciled his life as a classical musician with the conservative culture that goes hand in hand with classical music as well as TG activism, which requires interacting with other marginalized communities, such as women workers. sex. The play is about how he brought together different aspects of his life, art and activism, and it will be in multiple languages ​​such as Tamil, English, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.
Connection details will be posted on The event is free and open to people over 18 years old.


Gerald R. Schneider