Chennai International Queer Film Festival to commence from Thursday

Published: 10th July 2013 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2013 11:18 AM   |  A+A-


Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2013 from July 11 to 13 will showcase a series of feature films on sexuality and gender diversity.

The festival will be held at Goethe-Institut, Nungambakkam, in association with the local LGBT, human rights, health and media groups including Orinam, SAATHII, Nirangal, RIOV, Oye! Chennai, Shakti Resource Center and the East-West Center for Counselling.

The festival is being organised in collaboration with the fifth annual Chennai Rainbow Pride, a series of LGBT events held around the city, this June and July.

Over 35 films, including short films, documentaries and feature films from 12 countries, including India, will be screened. A highlight of the film festival will be a package of short films from Latin America, a special feature brought to Chennai in collaboration with LiberCine, the Argentina International Film Festival on Sexual and Gender Diversity.

The film festival is open to  the public and will emphasise on the common humanity that transcends the boundaries of sexuality, gender identity and culture.

On July 12, film and theatre directors from Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Chennai will participate in a panel discussion on the use of film and theatre for promoting LGBT rights and engendering social change.

On July 13, representatives of businesses and non-profit organisations will discuss strategies for ensuring LGBT inclusion in the workplace. Human Resource departments and professionals concerned with diversity and inclusion are special invitees.

The venue is Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan auditorium, Rutland Gate 5th Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai.

The timings are—Thursday, July 11, 6-9 pm, Friday, July 12, 6-9 pm, including panel discussion on film-theatre-rights 7:30-8:15 pm, Saturday, July 13, 3-9 pm, including panel discussion on workplace inclusion 5:30-6:15 pm.

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