Directed by: Gee Ameena Suleiman
33 minutes/India/ Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi (with English subtitles)
Kalvettukal is a multilingual docu-fiction film about transgender men in South India. The film through its three chapters explores the lives, desires and issues of transgender men. The first chapter of the film, “Our Stories” fictionalises the real life story of Tintu and Swapna and how they fled from Kerala to find freedom to live and love in a less oppressive space. The second chapter “Our Desires”, through a dream sequence, explores one of the expressions of erotic desires of the community. The third chapter “Our Voices” captures the voices, issues and politics of three transgender men through interviews. The transgender men in the film emerge as strongly political people who radically challenge society’s notions of gender, love and freedom.
Kalvettukal is an attempt at writing our own histories in stone so that they can never be erased. The film was made using a fellowship grant given to Gee Ameena Suleiman (who himself, identifies as a transgender man) by the South Asian Network to Address Masculinities. The film was made almost entirely by the LBT community with very little support from outside.
Looking forward to seeing you all
Sunday 17th June 2012 at 5:30 pm
Majlis Cultural Centre
Flat 1 – Christina Apartments
Police Chowki lane
(opp. Samrat Electronics)
Kalina Market – Santa Cruz (E)