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Ka Bodyscapes (2016) dir. Jayan Cherian

Ka Bodyscapes (2016) dir. Jayan Cherian

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South Asian Sexualities Film Screening

19 Aug 2017

Screening of two films exploring South Asian sexualities, followed by Q&A with director Jayan Cherian and Rahul Rao, chaired by Humaira Saeed.
Ka Bodyscapes (2016) dir. Jayan Cherian. 1h 39min
Three young people, Haris, a gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and their friend Sia, an activist who refuse to conform to dominant norms of femininity, struggle to find space and happiness in a conservative Indian City. 
Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan (2015) dir. F. Fiaz. 25min 
Poshida is a groundbreaking independent documentary following LGBT individuals in Pakistan, exploring their history, culture and challenges. The film examines sexuality and gender identities in south Asia and discusses colonialism, religion, class and the influence of US foreign policy. It also spotlights the role of the Pakistani media in the case of the Lahori serial killer of 2014 and human rights abuses of transgender men and women for entertainment. 
Free. The Space
Jayan Cherian born in Kerala, India, graduated with honors from Hunter College, BA in Film and Creative Writing, and Master of Fine Arts from The City College of New York in filmmaking. His films have screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, BFI London Lesbian Gay Film Festival, NARA International Film Festival, Rio-de-Janeiro international film festival, Kolkata International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and many other major festivals around the globe and won several awards. 
Rahul Rao is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at SOAS University of London. He is the author of Third World Protest: Between Hone and the World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), and of numerous articles in the fields of international relations, comparative political thought, and gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a book on queer postcolonial temporality.
Dr Humaira Saeed currently teaches on Postcolonial Texts and Reading Gender and Sexuality and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University. Saeed completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in 2012. Her research is primarily concerned with how cultural texts navigate the ongoing effects of imperial occupations, through a discussion of the gendered experience, performance, and imposition of nationhood. Saeed maintains a scholarly and activist interest in transnational feminism, and the ways in which queer modes of belonging become asserted through racialised attachments to the nation-state.


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