KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2023: A Kaleidoscope of Love, Diversity, and Empowerment

The 14th installment of the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, the largest LGBTQ+ film competition in South Asia, is scheduled to take vicinity from June 7 to eleven, 2023, at Liberty Cinema, with additional screenings from June eight to ten at Alliance Française de Bombay. Furthermore, the festival will expand its attain on-line from June sixteen to 25, 2023. The program boasts a choice of 110 films from 41 international locations for its on-ground edition and a total of 127 films from forty five nations.

Sridhar Rangayan, the founder pageant director, has curated a recommendation list for the KASHISH 2023 target audience. Rangayan expresses the problem of choosing some movies from the giant lineup, showcasing a hundred and ten movies from 41 countries at the on-ground edition. Nevertheless, he highlights his non-public choices that remember the numerous spectrum of LGBTQ+ reviews nine Liberty Cinema


Dir: Onir

one zero five min / India / Hindi

“Pine Cone” unfolds three testimonies from the life of filmmaker Sid Mehra, navigating relationships in his pursuit of affection. Presented in opposite chronological order (2019, 2009, and 1999), the movie emphasizes the universality of affection, portraying Sid, proudly gay, who refuses to apologize for his identity and is determined to stay authentically.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “As the competition’s opening movie directed via the National Award-prevailing director Onir, ‘Pine Cone’ is a stunning exploration of love. What adds to its splendor is Onir’s choice of casting queer actors for the jobs.”

June eight, 2023 5:forty five pm the apparent LGBT+ friendliness of Czech society, “The Law of Love” delves into the demanding situations faced whilst legalizing identical-sex marriage. Czeslaw and his allies release a marketing campaign to illustrate that the fight for LGBT+ rights in Europe is a ways from over.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “Given the present day discourse on marriage equality in India, this Czech film sheds mild at the vehement opposition to equal-intercourse love through vested interests. It underscores the continued battle of the LGBTQ+ network for their rightful vicinity 10:30 am ninety min / USA / English

Exploring the lives of over 32,000 accepting moms in America, “Mama Bears” introduces us to conservative, Christian mothers who include their LGBTQ+ kids. Referred to as “mama bears,” those mothers fiercely endorse for a kinder and safer world for the LGBTQ+ community.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “Highlighting the significance of circle of relatives help, ‘Mama Bears’ showcases the inspiring efforts of mother and father who fight for his or her youngsters. I invite our own dad and mom assist institution, Sweekar – The Rainbow Parents, to look at this heartwarming movie.”

June 10, 2023 5:45 Liberty Cinema


Dir: Ektara Collective

88 min / India / Hindi

The narrative follows Laila and Roshni in their quest for a home after eviction. As they search for bodily and societal popularity, the movie transcends bodily spaces and organic bonds, featuring real-existence transgender actors in leading roles.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “Winning hearts and awards globally, ‘Ek Jagah Apni’ is making its Mumbai ideal at KASHISH. The movie, starring talented transgender actors, guarantees an engaging experience and includes a panel discussion with the solid five:45 Alliance Française


Dir: Hong Heng Fai

93 min / Macau / Cantonese

A superbly aesthetic film from Macau, “Kissing the Ground You Walked On” tells the story of a author intrigued by using his new tenant, an actor named Chiang. The movie blurs the road among observer and discovered, the use of sensual reviews as opposed to words to carry its narrative.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “A rare gem from Macau, this selection debut adapts Anton Chekov’s ‘Seagull’ and captivates with its sensory storytelling. It gives a completely unique perspective on the connection between the observer and the found 10:00 pm one hundred ten min / Japan / Japanese

“Old Narcissus” revolves around Yamazaki, an growing older photo e-book author captivated with his past beauty. When he meets Leo, a younger and exquisite man, Yamazaki confronts his battle with growing older and well-knownshows his internal turmoil.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “A unique film delving into the issues of antique age and current Japanese homosexual subculture, ‘Old Narcissus’ offers a poignant glimpse into the beyond and gift. Director Tsuyoshi Shoji, a preceding KASHISH award winner, will attend the pageant to provide his film.”

June eleven, 2023 nine:30 pm remaining film, “When Time Got Louder,” portrays Abbie’s adventure to independence as she leaves for university, leaving her autistic brother Kayden with their mother and father. Exploring issues of affection, own family, and independence, the film highlights the demanding situations of transition and version.

Sridhar Rangayan recommends: “As the pageant’s closing film, ‘When Time Got Louder’ is a heartfelt portrayal of love, independence, and circle of relatives dynamics. The film’s cast and crew, comprising people from the queer and autistic communities, reveal a collaborative and inclusive filmmaking method.”

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