BREAKING FREE film screening in BANGALORE
June 24th, 7.00pm at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Film Duration: 82 mins
Language: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil – with English subtitles
Address: 108, Thimmaiah Road, Opposite U.N. I Building, Vasant Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052
Phone: 080 4080 8181
FREE EVENT. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Crisscrossing across India, featuring in-depth with advocates, activists and candid testimonies of gay and transgender persons, BREAKING FREE traces the history of challenge to the colonial anti-sodomy law Sec 377. Shot over 7 years, from 2007 to 2014, this gritty indie documentary lays bare the Indian LGBT landscape from an insider’s perspective. What starts off as a personal journey to unearth victimizations of LGBT persons at the hands of the law and police, the film spirals out to be a journey of an emerging community, that is rising out of the shadows and emphatically stating there is ‘No Going Back!’
Featuring (from Bangalore): Manohar Elavarthi Sumathi Murthy Arvind Narrain Chanakya Nugoor Vinay Chandran Sunil Mohan Venkatesh Bubberjung Sangama’s Activism Good As You Bangalore Bengaluru Pride & Karnataka Queer Habba Danish Sheikh
and numerous others across India
SRIDHAR RANGAYAN is an Indian filmmaker whose compelling films present hard-hitting social issues with warmth, compassion and humor. His award winning films The Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally!, 68 Pages, Project Bolo, Purple Skies are at the forefront of India’s emergent queer cinema movement – ground-breaking in a country where homosexuality is still illegal . These films have screened at over 150 national and international film festivals; won several awards and received critical acclaim.
He has served as Teddy Jury at Berlinale, Germany (2010) and as Jury at Movies That Matter, Netherlands (2010), Outfest, Los Angeles (2012) and Iris Prize Festival, Wales (2013).
He is one of the Founder Trustees of The Humsafar Trust, one of the largest LGBT organizations in India, and served on its board for 19 years. He has been actively involved with championing for gay rights for the past two decades.