Being queer without fear: films on LGBTS from Iran, Pakistan

Published: May 14, 2013

What must it be like to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in a conservative country? This year, the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will highlight the travails of the LGBT community by screening films from countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Serbia and Israel.

Still from Noor, a film about the LGBT community in Pakistan.

The queer film festival, in its fourth year, will showcase 132 films from 40 countries, and this is the first time entries have come in from Iran and Pakistan.

“We are reaching out to countries where it is difficult to be a LGBT member and is even more difficult for filmmakers to make films on the community,” said festival director Sridhar Rangayan. “Many of these entries are award-winning films and include well-known regional actors. Hence, the festival will cater to a diverse audience for the cinematic experience,” he added.

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