Chennai has the second largest number of theatres in India second only to Mumbai. And nothing is better than depicting LGBTQ through cinema so that the acceptance level amongst other sections of the society increases. Chennai has been organizing Queer Film festival since November 2004 and this year Orinam and Goethe-Institut, working in partnership with Nirangal, Chennai Queer Café (CQC), SAATHII,
and East-West Center for Counselling and Training will present Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2018.

Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2018. is a series of feature films, shorts, and documentaries showcasing sexuality and gender diversity issues.Click To Tweet

Venue: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 4, Rutland Gate 5th Street, Chennai 600 006

July 27: Friday 6 pm – 9 pm (3 hours)
July 28: Saturday 3 pm – 9 pm (6 hours)
July 29: Sunday 3 pm – 9 pm (6 hours)
For more Information: Mobile: 9884373433 / 9841476101
Email: chennaiintlqueerfilmfest@gmail.com

This year’s line-up consists of 32 films from 17 countries, selected from nearly 120 submissions via a community-led review process.

They chronicle the global struggle for rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, gender fluid, intersex, asexual and other queer people; and examine the intersections of queer issues with gender, class, age, religion, poverty, and disability.

Trans issues and Gay Parenting

Feature films include Irattajeevitham (Malayalam) that explores the story of struggle and acceptance of a trans man from his family and the woman he loves, and Ein Weg (Paths), a German feature centered on a couple Andreas and Martin who share the ups and downs of life and gay parenting.

The Sunday finale My Son is Gay, a Tamil film by Lokesh Kumar, narrates the journey of a young gay man, and his attempts to lead a life where he doesn’t have to hide his sexuality.

A festival highlight is the queer film package from the Berlinale Spotlight, featuring films from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, and Brazil. Reel Desires will also feature poetry-films and reading by trans artist-activist Kalki Subramaniam at the inaugural on Friday.

Saturday’s line-up includes a panel discussion Intersections and Solidarities, featuring speakers from various social justice movements and corporate diversity-inclusion initiatives.

On Sunday, writer and trans activist A. Revathi will present her acclaimed solo play Vellai Mozhi.

The film festival is a reminder of our common humanity, which transcends boundaries of sexuality, gender identity and culture, and exists in solidarity with other struggles for social justice.