By IANSlife

New Delhi, June 2 (IANSlife): The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival has staged some of the most heartfelt and sensitive performances in films representing the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities around the world over the past 13 years. This year’s festival has grown in size and scope, with a stellar lineup of more than 184 films from 53 countries, as it prepares to kick off June’s “Pride Month” in grand style.

Kashish 13 will screen films at Liberty Cinema from June 1-5, 2022; at the Alliance Française in Mumbai, from June 2 to 4, 2022; and online from June 3 to 12, 2022. Here is a list of the opening, closing and centerpiece films of the festival, which are the main highlights and not to be missed!

opening movie

ANTHARAM (Separation)

Dir: Abhijith Pulparambath

71 min/2021/Narrative functionality/India/Malayalam, Tamil

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Location: Liberty Cinema

The opening film titled Antharam (Malayalam/Tamil) chronicles the journey of acceptance of a transgender woman played by real-life transgender actress Negha. After living with her grandparents, young Sneha moves to live with her father Hareendran and stepmother Anjali, a trans woman herself, who extends her love and care for Sneha. Sneha understands Anjali well now and is impressed with the life the latter leads. The film focuses on the plight of a trans woman who lives as the wife of an ordinary man. “Antharam” deals with the inner conflicts, warmth, trauma and joyful moments in the lives of these three characters – a trans woman, a woman and a man living under the same roof.

Closing movie

AMERICAN POTATO DREAMS

Dir: Wes Hurley

95 min/2021/Narrative feature film/United States

When: Sunday, June 5, 2022

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Location: Liberty Cinema

The closing film is a satirical version of Russia, told from the point of view of a young homosexual who emigrated with his mother from Russia to the United States. Wes Hurley’s autobiographical dark comedy is about a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his brave mail-order mother, and their adventurous escape to America. Full of unexpected twists, the film is an immigrant’s perspective on the American Dream and the power of cinema, proving that life is often stranger than fiction.

special presentation

BADHAI DO

Dir: Hashavardhan Kulkarni

147 MIN/2022/Hindi Feature Film/India

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Time: 7:45 p.m.

Location: Liberty Cinemas

Beware of the hit film Badhai Do, starring Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, the Hindi comedy-drama is about a gay cop and a lesbian teacher who enter into a fictitious marriage to pacify their families, but find that the relationship – to both real and fake – isn’t all that easy.

The Centerpiece Movies

The two Indian films and the two international films – a narrative and a documentary – not only represent the unique voice of an author, but also showcase a rarely seen diverse point of view, contextualizing today’s pressing narratives.

Indian Narrative Centerpiece I

PURE QORMA

Dir: Faraz Arif Ansari

30 min/2021/Short narrative/India/English, Hindi, Urdu

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Liberty Cinema

Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family and how it all comes together under one roof. The film tells how resilient, queer Muslim women and non-binary people of color choose to embrace the love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social morality.

Centerpiece of Indian Documentary II

TRANS CASHMERE

Dir: Surbhi Dewan, SA Hanan

62 min/2022/Documentary feature/India/English, Kashmir, Urdu

Date: Friday, June 3, 2022

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Location: Liberty Cinema

The film is about the extreme hardship, resilience and beauty of Kashmir’s Hijra (transgender) community and their growing movement for basic human rights. Once artists and employees of the royal courts, they were believed to have mystical powers. Today they fight for dignity in life and in death.

International Narrative Centerpiece I

SAVAGE

Dir: Bretten Hannam

99 min/2021/Canada/Micmac, English/Narrative film/First feature film

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 10:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Cinema

In a rural East Coast trailer park, a two-spirited Link lives with his *toxic* father and young half-brother Travis. When Link discovers that their Mi’kmaq mother might still be alive, it ignites a flame and they set off for a better life with Travis in tow. On the road, the duo meet Pasmay, a powwow dancer attracted to Link. As the brothers travel through Mi’kma’ki, Link finds community, identity and love in the land where they belong.

International Documentary Centerpiece II

SEYRAN ATES: SEX, REVOLUTION AND ISLAM

Director: Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen

82 min/2021/Feature documentary/Norway, China, Germany, Spain/Arabic, German, Turkish

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Location: Alliance Francaise

In the 1960s, hippies championed the idea of ​​a sexual revolution. They received neither fatwas nor bodyguards. Today, Seyran Ates – a Turkish-German lawyer, feminist and one of the first female imams in Europe – is fighting for a sexual revolution within Islam. In return, she was shot, received fatwas and death threats, and now has to live under constant police protection.