Transgender True Story at Heart of Indian Film Festival

Published on June 7, 2016 by

A Girl in The River

The punk rock of Indian film festivals returns to London in July with a powerful Transgender central gala supported by MAC cosmetics, amongst others.

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns to cinemas across London from 14 – 21 July. The full lineup will be revealed shortly and promises some of the most prestigious and audacious new independent films from South Asia.

Indian sexual diversity is highlighted in the empowering Transgender movie “I Am Not He… She”.

It tells the, at times, harrowing real-life story of rural teenage boy Madesha, who after being thrown out of his village for being effeminate seeks solace and hope in the big Indian city of Bangalore. Here, he meets Gay people living secretive lives, but soon forms a bond with the head mother of the local Hijra community (the Transgender and Eunuch people of India), who take him to their heart. Learning the tricks of the traditional Hijra trade, Madesha is soon on the streets begging, but his desire to feel complete by becoming a woman becomes increasingly strong. He follows other Hijra friends towards the most dangerous journey of his life – to a back-street sex change clinic where he hopes his transformation to womanhood will be fulfilled.

The European Premiere of “I’m Not He…She” will take place at the cathedral of world cinema – BFI Southbank, at NFT1 on Saturday 16th July at 8.30 pm.

It will be followed by a Q&A with director BS Lingadevaru, with other special guests expected.

This is followed by Queer Rules! Party for LGBTQ+ Friends at BFI’s Benugos Bar, with Bollywood & World music sounds, supported by DJ’s from Club Kali, Urban Desi and Urban World.

The best dressed person on the night, receives a fabulous VIP Goody-Bag of MAC cosmetics, so it’s one not to be missed.

Commenting on the BFI Southbank sessions, Director of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Rajinder Sawhney states:

“We continue to pursue an agenda of seeing India in all its miraculous diversity, and that includes powerful and positive representations of LGBTQ+ people, as depicted in a new generation of cinema”.

Title Sponsor Alka Bagri of the Bagri Foundation says:

“The selection for this year’s festival celebrates the challenging and refreshing visions, coming from the Indian film industry”.

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Notes to Editors

– 2 top talents from India, polymath Kamal Haasan (whose films have the highest number of Oscar submissions from India) & director of the exquisite BAFTA & Academy Award winning Elizabeth & The Golden Age films, Shekhar Kapur, giving masterclasses at BFI Southbank.

– A 2016 highlight, is a celebration of empowered Indian female film makers, including double Oscar®-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who are bringing their acclaimed films to the silverscreen in London, for Europe’s largest South Asian film event, this Summer, at the prestigious British Film Institute, a key festival partner since inception.

– In prior years, the festival has featured much lauded “Screen Talk” events at the BFI Southbank, with Slumdog Millionaire/The Lunchbox star Irrfan Khan in conversation with Oscar winner Asif Kapadia, Bollywood polymath Farhan Akhtar stopping traffic, and stalwart directors Adoor Gopalakrishnan & Mani Ratnam delivering masterclasses.

Tickets for the BFI Southbank LIFF events are on sale to BFI members from Tue 7 June and to General Public on Tue 14 June

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