365 without 377
Imposed under the British colonial rule in 1860, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalized any sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex, stigmatizing them as “against the order of nature.” On July 2, 2009 the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment repealing this clause, thus fulfilling the most basic demand of the Indian LGBTQ community, which had been fighting this law for the past 10 years. The film documents the diverse lives of three members of Mumbai’s LGBT community, Beena, Pallav and Abheena, who travel through the city heading to the celebrations for the first anniversary of the historic verdict. Through the personal stories and struggles of the three protagonists the film explores the reality of living a queer identity in today’s India, between traditions and changes. 365 without 377 is the story of their journey towards freedom.
Queen of my Dreams
Growing up, Fawzia Mirza dreamt of being the epitome of the Bollywood woman, Sharmila Tagore—a long-haired goddess with jet-black hair who can sing like a bird and make men swoon. Inspired by one of her favorite songs as a child, “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” (The Queen of My Dreams) from the film, Aradhana, she looks back on growing up, struggling to come out as queer, and realizing she no longer has to weigh her dreams against those that were pre-fabricated for her… she can construct her own. The Queen of My Dreams is a docu-narrative experimental short, an exploration of the intersection of the writer’s worlds: Bollywood, Drag, Queer. This short film plays before 365 without 377.n
Friday, June 15, 7:15 p.m. In Hindi and English with English subtitles. Runtime: 53 mins. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco.