Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

I Am

Directed by Sonali Gulati | |

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I Am chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi, eleven years after she left, to reopen what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother, to whom she had never disclosed her sexual orientation. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offence.

[director]Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, feminist, grass-roots activist, and an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Photography & Film. She has been working to organise the Southasian queer rights movement for over a decade. She started the Desidykes online community for Southasian queer women worldwide and has worked with various community groups in India and the United States. She has made several short films that have been screened at over two hundred film festivals worldwide, and has won awards, grants, and fellowships including from the Third Wave Foundation, World Studio Foundation, the Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts.[/director]

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