//Kashish Global Short Films

U for Usha

Sunday: 22/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: Sub Rang Society (for info email: karachi@aksfestival.com)

Short Fictions

Directed by: Rohan Kanawade  |  Country: India  |  Year: 2019  |  Duration: 22 min  |  Language: Marathi with English Subtitles

Usha, an illiterate single mother who works as a farm laborer in rural India, finds herself drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she never knew possible. This attraction plays an important part in firing her passion to read and write as she hopes to be as good as the teacher one day.  U Ushacha is a subtle portrayal of sexual awakening, as well as a story of how a naïve attraction can empower a woman to take control of her life, and make each day something to look forward to.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

 

The Booth

Sunday: 22/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: Sub Rang Society (for info email: karachi@aksfestival.com)

Short Fictions

Directed by: Rohin Raveendran  |  Country: India  |  Year: 2018  |  Duration: 15 min  |  Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

A female frisking booth inside a crowded shopping mall stands as a silent ally to a forbidden romance. Hidden from the view of the passing shoppers, the two women – customer and guard – share a moment of intimacy, but can a burgeoning romance survive beyond the kiosk’s curtains? This deceptively subtle short film transforms an everyday moment in modern India into a moving story that transcends time and place.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

 

 

Ladli

Sunday: 22/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: Sub Rang Society (for info email: karachi@aksfestival.com)

Short Documentary

Directed by: Sudipto Kundu |  Country: India  |  Year: 2018  |  Duration: 39  min |  Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

Ladli’s life has become a quest for a semblance of meaning in the world. Her tender hopes for social acceptance have been met with harshness and unkind words. She yearns for a companion who can accept her soul along with her body. Many ups and downs have taught her that love, though, does not come without judgments and conditions. When it does come, however, she finds it hard to accept.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

 

 

A Little More Blue

Sunday: 22/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Sub Rang Society (for info email: karachi@aksfestival.com)

Short Fictions

Directed by: Sugandha Bansal |  Country: India | Year: 2018 |  Duration: 4 min | Language: English with English Subtitles

A Little More Blue is the story of a girl, trapped inside the body of a boy. Since childhood, she knew she was a girl and that someday she will have to break off her shackles and tell the truth to everyone.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

 

A Monsoon Date

Friday: 28/3 @ 6:45 p.m. - Venue: T2F, Karachi

Short fiction

Directed by: Tanuja Chandra |  Country: India | Year: 2019 |  Duration: 21 min | Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

On an eventful, rainy evening a young woman is on her way to see a young man she is dating. Along the way, she experiences bittersweet moments with a series of strangers, even as a storm brews inside her. Today, she has decided to reveal to the young man a heart-breaking truth about her past.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

 

 

#Unheard Stories Part 1

Saturday: 28/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: HOPE, Lahore(for info email: hope.positive.expectations@gmail.com)

Short Documentary

Directed by: Sonal Giani |  Country: India | Year: 2019  | Duration: 6 min | Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

The film explores the issues that transmen face in Indian society, through the personal experiences of Sadhya, a young Trans-man living in Maharashtra.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

 

 

#Unheard Stories Part 2

Friday: 27/3 @ 6:00 p.m. - Venue: HOPE, Lahore(for info email: hope.positive.expectations@gmail.com)

Short Documentary

Directed by: Sonal Giani |  Country: India | Year: 2019  | Duration: 8 min | Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

The film explores the issues that trans-women face in Indian society, through the personal experiences of Sonali, a young hijra person living in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

This film is presented by Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival