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World AIDS Fortnight screenings of film 68 pages November 28, 2008

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As part of the World AIDS Fortnight events begining December 1,

film 68 Pages will be screened at several venues across India and US.

All events are FREE and we welcome participation of people from all walks of life.

It is time we change discriminatory attitudes towards gays, transsexuals and HIV positive people.

Come, be part of the change.

 

 

NEW YORK

 

December 1, Monday

3:00 – 5:00 PM & 7:00 – 9:00 PM  : Two screenings

@ La Guardia Community College: Little Theater, LPAC

31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City

Organized by QMAD ( www.qmad.org )

 

NEW DELHI

 

December 1, Monday

6.30 – 9.00 PM

@ Stein Auditorium, Habitat Center,

India Habitat Center, New Delhi

Organized by UNDP & Habitat Center

 

December 5, Friday

4.30 – 7.00 PM

@ Sarai-CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road

Civil Lines, Delhi – 110054

Organized by Sarai ( www.sarai.net )

 

BOMBAY

 

December 8, Monday

6.00 – 9.00 PM

@ Juhu Jagruti Hall, NMIMS,

Vile Parle West, Mumbai

Organized by The Humsafar Trust

** Gulabi Aaina (The Pink Mirror) will also be screened

 

December 12, Friday

6.00 – 8.30 PM

@ Godrej Hall, NCPA

Nariman Point

Organized by Ashok Kumar Foundation & NCPA

 

68 Pages

(2007 / 92 mins / Hindi with Eng subtitles)

 

Film outline

From the director of Gulabi Aaina and Yours Emotionally comes another hard hitting drama about marginalized people. Subverting the Bollywood film genre of song-dance and high drama, this film places characters ignored by Bollywood centerstage – a transsexual bar dancer, a prostitute, a gay couple – to tell their stories of pain and trauma, of happiness and hope, about being HIV+ and marginalized. A searingly honest film about five lives marked by pain and bound by hope – in 68 Pages of a counselor’s diary.

 

Winner of the Silver Remi at WorldFest 2008, Houston, USA

 

Directed by Sridhar Rangayan

Produced by The Humsafar Trust in association with Solaris Pictures

Cast: Moulli Ganguly, Joy Sengupta, Jayati Bhatia, Zafar Karachiwala, Uday Sonawane

 

Links: www.humsafar.org/68pages.htm ; www.imdb.com/title/tt1151299/

 

 

habitat-screening

 

Protest March to condemn violence against Hijras November 16, 2008

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Humsafar at protest march

Humsafar at protest march

 

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Queer Azadi Mumbai organized a press conference and public protest on November 13, 2008 to condemn violence against Hijras. It was organized by the Humsafar Trust in association with Stree Sangama, Labia, Gay Bombay, Sakhi Char Chowgi, etc. and supported by Lawyers Collective. The press meet at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh was attended by a packed audience of press, media, lawyers, human rights activist, women support groups, LGBT community and many youngsters.

 

Sumathi from Sangama, Bangalore spoke about the horrific arrests, abuse and torture by the police of  Hijras and activists of Sangama in Bangalore last week. Many Hijras have been sexually molested and some even forced to leave the city. It si a reign of terror there, she said. Gauri of Sakhi Char Chowgi said that Hijras deal with violence everyday throughout their lives. She detailed how they do not have any rights and also have no one to turn to. She tearfully pleadede everyone there to help her clan live with dignity and basic human rights. Anand Grover of Lawyers Collective assured Gauri that things are moving in the right direction. With reading down of Sec 377 seemingly being considered favourably by the judiciary, there will soon be a time when Gauri and other hijras will have their rights. Sunil Pant of the Blue Diamond Society, a queer rights organization in Nepal and the country’s first openly gay elected MP spoke of the new Nepali Constitution that is even now being written which includes committees working on same sex marriage rights and protection of LGBTI people. This he said was a fantastic way forward.

Post the meeting, a large contingent of LGBTQ community members and other human rights group members marched holding placards to Azad Maidan. They held hands and formed a long human chain with banners that demanded an end to violence against hijras and demanded equal rights. Humsafar Trust’s Kalyan unit came with almost 60-70 gay and transgender people and raised slogans vociferously. They also said they were proud to be gay and will fight injustice. Sakhi Char Chowgi’s workers and Lawyers Collective’s group shouted slogans against police violence.

Protestors at the march

Protestors at the march

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Chain

Human Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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