LGBT films to reflect the diversity theme at IFFM
Known for its different and unique themes every year, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has never failed to impress movie lovers. After last year’s theme of women’s empowerment, this year’s festival that starts tomorrow, will screen 60+ films of 20 Indian languages, of which, a few will celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Amongst the much-awaited ones is, Sisak, a silent film by Faraz Arif Ansari about two gay men, who meet and fall in love during a train journey. “I’m thrilled to have Sisak selected at IFFM! It is India’s first silent LGBTQ love story and the recognition, awards and accolades it has been winning across the world is extremely overwhelming. I wish I could’ve attended IFFM but I’ll be in Sweden, where Sisak is closing the Pride Week and opening Sweden’s most prestigious film festival, Live at Heart,” says Ansari.
Other films to be screened at the festival include My Son is Gay, a Tamil movie directed by Lokesh Kumar, which is about the dark reality of acceptance. Another film, Chronicles of Hari, directed by Ananya Kasarvalli, is about Hari, a theatre actor, who begins to question his identity.