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Volunteering With Kashish March 8, 2010

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KASHISH- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

KASHISH- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival being held between April 22nd to April 25th, 2010 in Mumbai promises to be four days of non-stop queer celebration across many platforms of artistic expressions.

Apart from over 80 Indian and International films, the festival has a range of allied activities – exhibitions, book launches, Q&A with filmmakers, panel discussions and of course parties! The festival expects to draw a huge audience from queer as well as non-queer community during its events spread across multiple venues in Mumbai.

We are looking for volunteers to work both before and during the festival. Volunteering for KASHISH can be a great opportunity to meet & interact with people and get involved in something momentous!

Volunteers are very much the face of the festival. They meet and greet audiences and guests, they assist by – answering questions, helping to run venues, acting as interpreters, distributing publicity materials, working at the festival office, writing for festival newsletter, and being part of the festival documentation team.

Please mail info.kashish2010@gmail.com for any other information (after you read the details in the files below!)

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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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Time Out Mumbai July 5, 2008

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From male Rekha imitators to gay executives, director Sridhar Rangayan has depicted a range of homosexual exeperiences in his films. 68 Pages is his third movie after Gulabi Aaina, about drag queens, and Yours Emotionally!, about a gay affair   British tourist and an Indian male. Rangayan’s new feature, 68 Pages, is about the lives of five HIV-positive individuals as told by counselor (Mouli Ganguly). The stories are of corporate employee Nishit (Zafar Karachiwala), prostitute Payal (Jayati Bhatia), transsexual bar dancer Umrao (Uday Sonawane), gay researcher Kiran (Joy Sengupta) and municipal sweeper Nathu (Abhay Kulkarni). The storytelling style is as basic as the aesthetics, but some episodes are moving, especially those of Umrao and Payal. 68 Pages is scheduled to be screened on June 26 at a city multiplex. A DVD release is also planned.