The three-day Chennai International Queer Film Festival will begin on Friday.
The 10th edition of the annual Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival will begin on Friday and conclude on Sunday.
The fair is organized by NGOs including Orianum and Goethe-Institut Chennai in collaboration with Neringal Charitable Trust and NGO partner.
According to organizers, the festival showcases films, short films and documentaries that showcase sexuality and gender diversity. This year, 22 films from eight countries have been selected.
Short films include Arun Siddharth’s Pride (India), Constanza García’s Stars and Freckles (Argentina), Salvador Alejandro Gutiérrez’s Fido Manor (Portugal), Alexandre de Villeneuve’s Fake (France, 2020) and Talin’s Anne Allaripo (India). are Subraya.
The festival will also screen two feature-length documentaries, including Daughters of the Zohar, a 2021 German documentary by Laurentia Ginske and Robin Humboldt. The film chronicles four very complicated and life-changing years in the lives of siblings Lohan and Samar, two young transgender women who fled Syria with their family and are now living a very different life in Germany.
On Saturday, the event will mark the India premiere of Coraqui Ruiz’s 2022 Brazilian documentary, Blooming on the Asphalt. The film follows the journey of Jake, a teenage transgender boy. On the same day there will be a panel discussion on the need for shelter and housing for LGBTIQA+ people. Activists, NGO members and community members will participate in the discussion.
On Sunday, Chennai-based filmmaker and faculty member Mani Shankar Iyer’s Valentine @3 will be screened. The film is a collection of stories of three gay men at different stages of their life and love journey.
The Goethe-Institut is free and open to people over the age of 18. On Friday, the event will start at 6 pm and end at 9 pm. On Saturdays it will be between 3pm and 7.30pm, and on Sundays the timings are from 3pm to 9pm.