LGBT Film Festival (25th – 27th June 2015): Celebrating the LGBT Pride Month

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The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is organizing a two day film event—‘LGBT Film Festival’—from 25th – 27th June 2015 at the American Center Auditorium, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110001 to celebrate the LGBT Pride Month. The festival will show five films that brings stories of LGBT ie., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.

Please find below the Press Release and Schedule of the festival.

PRESS RELEASE
‘LGBT FILM FESTIVAL’


New Delhi,  June 2015: On the occasion of the  LGBT pride month, American Centre in collaboration with Cinedarbaar will be organizing a 3 days LGBT film festival on the 25th, 26th & 27th June, 2015 at The American Center Auditorium (basement level), 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg. The festival will show five films that brings stories of LGBT ie., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.

The film  Kissing Jessica Stein starring  Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh  will begin the festival. The film is about a woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman. The second day of the festival will show films like  But I'm a Cheerleader starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams  which tells a story of a naive teenager who is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. After that Boys Don't Cry starring Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard will start which tells a story of a Female born, Teena Brandon who adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. The third day of the festival will show films like Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee which tells about the forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.  The closing film of the festival is a documentary film directed by Jenny Mackenzie called Lead with Love.

All the festival films are romantic drama. Kissing Jessica Stein and Brokeback Mountain are ideally films about love, relationships and not bifurcating sexuality such as gay or lesbian. While the former is fun romantic drama and the other is an epic romantic film that ends on a tragic note. On the other hand films such as But I’m cheerleader is about treating LGBT as a disease, this films hold relation to Indian audiences to reflect upon corrective rape prominent is South India to cure the same. Boys don’t cry explored the themes of freedom, courage, identity and empowerment. It is a romantic tragedy with portrayal of real life people. The festival closes with a documentary Lead with Love that basically shows families reaction towards their children being LGBT.

The theme of the festival, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. Discussions on LGBT will follow post screenings where themes highlighted in the film will be talked about. 

Quiz on LGBT will be organized based on the films screened for the audience to win exciting prizes sponsored by the American Centre. Come and explore the dramas, docu-fictions and take away the knowledge about the LGBT by attending the interactive sessions and win exciting prizes. The entry to the festival is free and is on first come first served basis.  Entry is open for general public but by invitation only. To request an invitation, please e-mail to AmcenterND@state.gov or collect your passes from the American Center library prior to the event.  Please carry a valid and original photo ID to enter the American Centre and an e-invite to attend the festival.

For further details contact:
Himanshu
Project Coordinator | CINEDARBAAR 
9971155343 | 011-41071288

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 25, 2015

6:00 p.m.



Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) (L) (97 minutes), followed by discussion

Kissing Jessica Stein, Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh

Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh  

Synopsis: A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.



Friday, June 26, 2015

4:30 p.m.

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) (L) (85 minutes), followed by discussion


But I'm a Cheerleader, Directed by: Jamie Babbit, Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams


Directed by: Jamie Babbit
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams  
Synopsis: A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.



6:30 p.m.

Boys Don't Cry (1999) (118 minutes)


Boys Don't Cry (1999), Directed by: Kimberly Peirce, Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard
Synopsis: Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska..

Saturday, June 26, 2015

4:30 p.m.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) (134 minutes)

Brokeback Mountain, Directed by: Ang Lee, Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams

Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Synopsis: The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

07:00 pm

Lead with Love (2010) (35 minutes), followed by panel discussion

Lead with Love, Directed by: Jenny Mackenzie

Directed by: Jenny Mackenzie
Synopsis: Lead With Love follows four families' experiences in learning that they have a lesbian, gay, or bisexual child. 

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