Indian LGBT documentary to screen in Amsterdam

Sridhar Rangayan’s film ‘Breaking Free’ will be screened at Filmhuis Cavia on 21/11

Breaking Free - still “It took me seven years to make this film, and those seven years have been a crucial journey for me – personal, political and emotional”, says award winning filmmaker and activist Sridhar Rangayan about his latest film Breaking Free, “In the film I have recorded horrid testimonials of brutality faced by gays & transgenders across India who have been tortured, raped and blackmailed. At the same time I have also recorded stories of great courage and resilience of LGBT people who shaped the movement for rights”.

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This gritty new documentary film BREAKING FREE, will be screened on November 21st 8.00pm at Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam. Director of the film Sridhar Rangayan will be present for discussion after the screening.

The screening is facilitated by Transcreen film festival, Amsterdam, which is the largest transgender film festival in Europe. TranScreen is a cultural and informative film festival on the theme of transgender and gender diversity.

“I am excited to be sharing this film with Dutch audiences, to offer them a insider’s view of the ground-level situation for LGBT community in India. The courts and government say that the colonial law Sec 377 doesn’t affect the LGBT community as there are not enough convictions to prove it. ‘Breaking Free’ provides concrete evidence how this law has been used and misused repeatedly”, says Sridhar Rangayan, director of the film.

Breaking Free - director Sridhar RangayanRangayan is also excited that, in a first of its kind for a LGBT documentary film, ‘Breaking Free’ has been selected to be part of the Indian Panorama 2015 by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which is under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. The film will be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015, Goa on November 26th.

“The inclusion of our film in this prestigious program is momentous, because it allows a large and diverse audience to see the film, thereby mainstreaming issues of the beleaguered Indian LGBT community, who have been severely affected by the Supreme Court’s decision recriminalizing homosexuality in 2013”, said Rangayan.

Produced by Sridhar Rangayan and Saagar Gupta, with some money raised through crowdfunding and support from several organizations across India, the film is an 82 min feature length documentary. It interweaves testimonies of gay and transgender persons who have been victimized or exploited, with wide-ranging interviews of advocates and activists across India. ‘Breaking Free’, offers an emotional roller-coaster journey of the Indian LGBTQ movement – from invisibility to empowerment.

It has already travelled to festivals in USA, Canada, UK, Prague, Indonesia, China and Philippines.
“I am happy that our issues are finding a global resonance. The film makes a powerful statement that the Indian LGBT community is not a miniscule minority, and that their voice needs to be heard. The human rights violations against them have to be put to an end immediately”, says Rangayan.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Venue: Filmhuis Cavia, Van Hallstraat 52-I, 1051HH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Entry: Reserve your ticket by sending a mail to info@filmhuiscavia.nl