World premiere of Until & Unless: Decriminalizing Queer India
This short documentary film follows four
individuals and the
impact of systemic oppression from India's legislative system on their
lives. This event includes a reception with food and beverages and a talk
back with the Bengali LGBTKH* activists featured in the film. Presented in
partnership with the Philadelphia Women's Film Festival.
Doors open/Reception 5:30PM
Film starts at 6:00PM
Film Length: 30 Minutes
For mature audiences only.
Set in West Bengal a year before the historic decision to repeal India's anti-sodomy law Penal Code 377, "Until and Unless", follows the story of four individuals and the impact of systemic oppression via India's legislative system on their lives. The film features Sintu, a transwoman community leader raised in the Sheoraphuli red-light district; Nitu, a transwoman sex worker who lives a dual identity as a man named Nitai; Lovely, a Koti person who lives a closeted life while working in an office environment, and Pratap, a trans teen still navigating her identity. Through juxtaposing their stories with interviews from lawyers and activists working to oppose these laws, the film shows the lived consequences of state and social violence on community self-representations.
This film was created through a collaboration between the South Asia Center (SAC) Research Internship Program and the grassroots LGBTKH* organization Balaram Dey Street Anandam.
Direction by: Sintu Bagui, Netu Giri, Soma Roy & Amelia Carter
Director of Photography: Subhodeep Chanda
Producer: Amelia Carter
Assistant Producers: Siyona Ravi & Andreana Barefield
Editor: Gabe Coffey
Translators: Tausif Noir & Soma Roy
Featured Music: "Rainbow," album by Allyn Miner