BODIES OF DESIRE
BFI FLARE & British Council FIVE FILMS FOR FREEDOM 2021
TIMES OF INDIA
WOMEN MAKE WAVES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, TAIWAN
IAWRT ASIAN WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL,INDIA
SCREENING IN MUMBAI, 2019
BANGALORE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL, INDIA
CURRENTLY STREAMING ON AMAZON (USA/UK)
CURRENTLY STREAMING ON DISNEY HOTSTAR (INDIA)
SCREENING AT MUSEUM OF GOA,2019
TALKS & PANELS
WHAT IS THIS BEHAVIOUR PODCAST FT ALMASS, AARON AND RUEBEN.
EPISODE 14: DEFINING NEW INDIAN CINEMA
WITB Podcast is hosted by Almass Badat, Rueben Christian, and Aaron Christian. Based in London the podcast curates conversations with South Asian people going against the grain. After an hour-long conversation with the three powerhouses of WITB, we had some insightful takeaways.
1. The importance of authentic representation, of brown bodies in visual media.
2. How beauty brands need to be more diverse and inclusive.
3. Films need to be more honest and research-driven, rather than being favorable to the filmmaker themselves.
4. Brands/Films need to stop feeding towards the demands of the audience, instead, work for a better visual culture, so the impact is the other way round.
TALK ON VISIBILITY OF LGBTQIA++ IN MASS MEDIA PLATFORMS,
Organised by a trans-led organisation called Transistance, the conversations were around the lack of literature, visual culture, and awareness around queer themes/narratives, in India. After talking to an audience of queer folx, here were some of the takeaways :
1. Film is not such a privileged medium.
2. We have to consistently work towards getting queer narratives in the mainstream.
3. Queer narratives need to be lead and told only and only, by queer individuals or in collaboration with them.
4. Queer representation is extremely scarce and we need more queer stories on leading platforms. We rarely see authentic queer films. They are either tokenistic, misrepresented, or caricatured to fit into the heteronormative, patriarchal setups.
5. Currently the only two labels that the masses know of are the L & G, we need more narratives that are lead by the BTQIA++ individuals.
TALK On INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING IN INDIA,
AABOBO GOA CHAPTER 2019
After a successful screening of short films made by some brilliant filmmakers, we ventured into some unknown territories of Independent Filmmaking in India. The panelists were Umesh Kulkarni, Kani Kantari Kusruti, Abhishek Banerjee, Sachin Chatte, Asawari Jagushte, and Devashish Makhija. Some wonderful takeaways from these conversations are :
1. Independent filmmaking needs to have a parallel industry/economy in India.
2. Independent films have more authenticity than mainstream films and media.
3. We need to find more alternative screening practices for Independent films.
4. International Film Festivals are eagerly looking for progressive Indian content to program.
5. Independent films in India are going to be a transition towards innovative filmmaking.