Fancy a stroll around Marine Lines? This time it might lead you to the 13th edition of Asia’s biggest queer film festival. After two years of virtual screenings at KASHISH, the latest instalment will screen over 184 films from 53 countries from June 1 to 5 at the famed Liberty Cinema, and from June 2 to 4 at Alliance Française de Bombay. The films will also be available to stream online from June 3 to 12 for outstation enthusiasts. online.mumbaiqueerfest.com
The vision of KASHISH is to significantly take regional Indian LGBTQA+ films across the globe to fetch them film distributions and platforms to be seen. Absorb yourself in the amalgamation of queer stories from almost every part of the country and elsewhere. Watch Holy Wound, a full-length expressive feature film with no dialogues, directed by Asok R Nath from Kerala and discern the unspoken. Narrative centrepieces like Faraz Ansari’s Sheer Qorma is also part of the lineup.
The film festival, which shall run under the theme ‘Flight for Freedom’, is celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ space by showcasing regional cinema in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, Hindi and Sanskrit. The festival commences with Antharam—a Malayalam drama directed by Abhijith Pulparambath, starring transgender actor Negha S., today. Meanwhile, a special presentation of Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s Badhaai Do, a much-lauded comedy-drama, will be screened the following day (June 2). The audience will also have a chance to interact with the cast and crew of the films that will be screened.
Find the complete screening schedule at mumbaiqueerfest.com
Vamika Singh is a visual-narrative artist working closely towards exploring gender disparity and social dynamics in the South-Asian culture. You can also find her making music playlists, browsing sneakers and getting profusely attached to non-living things—even a laptop sticker for that matter.