TranScreen Goes Cavia presents Evening Shadows

TranScreen is delighted to present the film Evening Shadows by Sridhar Rangayan & Team, 2018, India, 102min

And even more delighted that director Sridhar Rangayan will be present at the screening for a Q&A.

In a small town in Southern India that lives within a cocoon of traditions and social morality, when a young gay man Kartik, comes out to his mother Vasudha, her entire world comes crashing down. She has no one to turn to dispel her fears and doubts, to understand her loving son’s truth. Moreover, as a woman, trapped within a patriarchal conservative society, her biggest challenge is to deal with her dogmatic husband Damodar, and the conservative society around her. ‘Evening Shadows’ is a universal story about a mother-son bonding and its emotional strength to withstand the ravages of time and harsh realities.

The film is set on the eve of Supreme Court’s reversal of the judgment of the anti-sodomy law Sec 377 in 2013 which endangered thousands of young LGBTQ persons in India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1861, introduced during the British rule of India, criminalizes sexual activities against the order of nature, including homosexual sexual activities. Just a few weeks ago on 6th of September 2018, the Supreme Court overturned its own 2013 decision and read down Section 377, thereby decriminalizing same-sex consensual relationships between adults. It was a big day of celebration for all the activists who fought against Section 377 and for the entire LGBTQ community.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/iDpqasfWF9k

We hope to see a lot of wonderful people at the screening.
Entrance: 5 euros
Cineville: free
Doors open at 20:00
Screening starts at 20:30

NB: The Cavia is only accessible by stairs and does not have a lift, so it, unfortunately, is not a wheelchair friendly building

16 mei: Tangerine & shorts, in Lab111

Tangerine & shorts
Amsterdam première! Slechts één avond!
Maandag 16 mei, 21.00 uur, in Lab111

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Deze maand werken we samen met de mensen van Cinema of the Dam’d voor het vertonen van de Amsterdamse première van de film Tangerine (2015). Voor zover wij weten, is deze opmerkelijke lowbudget komedie slechts eenmaal eerder vertoond in Nederland (vorig jaar, tijdens het Internationale Filmfestival in Leiden). Wij vinden dat Tangerine een groter publiek verdient, en daarom verzorgen wij een speciale vertoning, voor slechts één avond, a.s. maandag in Lab111. Om de avond nog specialer te maken, hebben we een paar van onze favoriete recente korte films geselecteerd, die we voor de hoofdfilm laten zien. We zullen de avond eindigen met een live skype Q&A met schrijver/regisseur van Tangerine, Sean Baker.

Tangerine
Sean Baker | 2015 | VS | 88 min | Engels | Engels ondertiteld

Deze ontroerende en grappige slice-of-life komedie volgt een lange, drukke dag in het leven van twee transgender sekswerkers in Hollywood. Nét uit de gevangenis zwerven Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) en haar beste vriend Alexandra (Mya Taylor) over de zonovergoten straten op kerstavond, op zoek naar haar ontrouwe vriend en pooier Chester (James Ransone). Onderweg kruist hun pad met Razmik (Karren Karagulian), een flirtende taxichauffeur, die weggeslopen is van familiebijeenkomst tijdens de feestdagen.

Volledig opgenomen op drie iPhones bij authentieke locaties van Los Angeles heeft de film een madcap komisch tempo en een los, improviserend gevoel, onderbroken door momenten van gratie en onverwachte schoonheid. De optredens in Tangerine van transgender actrices Rodriguez en Taylor, die nauw samenwerkten met Baker om hun personages en het verhaal te ontwikkelen, zijn doorbraken. Baker en zijn cast bieden een ontwapenende en aangrijpend portret van vriendschap gesmeed in liefde en gedeeld strijd, waarbij sensatie of moraliseren worden vermeden. Tangerine moet in Nederland nog worden gedistribueerd, ondanks dat deze voorkomt op de beste-van lijsten voor 2015 van critici en een trio acteerprijzen voor Taylor. Kom ook voor deze ene avond met de première in Amsterdam!

SHORTS

Teagan
Igor Coric & Teagan Thishby Young | 2013 | Australië | 3′ | Engels | Niet ondertiteld

Een verhaal over transitie – van man naar vrouw, en van wanhoop naar geluk. Gebruikmakend van opgenomen interviews en representatieve kunstwerken raakt deze korte film aan de angst en eenzaamheid van het leven in de kast, en aan de vreugde en het (zelf)vertrouwen die samengaan met het verlaten van die kast.

Soy Negra, Soy Marica y Soy Puta / I’m Black, I’m Queer and I’m a Whore
Hugo Meijer & Cas van der Pas | 2012 | Nederland/Colombia | 21’ | Spaans | Engels ondertiteld

Een documentaire over een moedige en zeer speciale Colombiaanse vrouw: Diana. Haar dagen zijn volledig gevuld met het helpen van de mensen in haar gemeenschap. De vrouw zag de problemen waarmee haar gemeenschap te maken heeft, en dat de mensen daar ondersteuning kunnen gebruiken én verdienen. Men kampt met veel ingewikkelder problemen dan wij hier in Europa. Ze combineert prostitutie, mensenrechten-activisme en haar carrière als advocaat om de maatschappij om haar heen te veranderen in een betere wereld.

TranScreen goes Cavia: Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger

We are delighted to screen the film: ‘Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger’ by Sam Feder’ at TranScreen goes Cavia.

Het doet ons groot genoeg de film ‘Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger’ van Sam Feder te vertonen bij TranScreen goes Cavia.

Date: Saturday 16 April, at 20:00
Place: Filmhuis Cavia, Van Hallstraat 52-I, 1051 HH Amsterdam
Tickets: info@filmhuiscavia.nl
Door open: 20:00, film starts at 20:30
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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

TranScreen goes Rialto: films Austin Unbound & Our Compass (9 May) & fundraising party

Transgender Film Festival “TranScreen” shows special films every two months. On Saturday 9 May from 1 p.m. the films Austin Unbound and Our Compass are screened in cinema Rialto in Amsterdam. Austin Unbound is about the road to and beyond transition of deaf trans man Austin. In Our Compass young queer people with an intellectual disability tell their stories.

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TranScreen goes…
Every second Saturday of each odd-numbered month TranScreen rescreens a film from its latest festival. In May two films from TranScreen 2013 are shown in cinema Rialto: Austin Unbound and Our Compass. In both films we hear the stories of disabled people: deaf trans man Austin and intellectually disabled queers.

Film maker Tess Vo will be present to answer questions from the audience after the screening of the second film. A Dutch Sign Language interpreter will also be there for this session.

Cinema Rialto, Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam.
The first film starts at 1 p.m.
Tickets: € 10,00. Free admission with Cineville.
Online reservation via www.rialtofilm.nl.
One wheelchair space is available. Please, contact Rialto if you wish to make use of it.

Austin UnboundAustin Unbound
Eliza Greenwood & Sel Staley | USA | 2011 | 45’ | American Sign Language | Dutch subtitles
The film follows deaf Austin and his best friend on a road trip to finally undergo a double mastectomy. Unbound at last, Austin is eager to get on with life. His journey is an inspiration to his community and beyond as he shares his intimate insights with self-awareness and humor. Austin’s Deaf experience is portrayed in cinematic effect. For more info: www.austinunbound.com.

ourcompassOur Compass
Tess Vo | Canada | 2009 | 30’ | English spoken | Dutch subtitles
Our Compass tells the stories of a group of young queers who are also labelled as having intellectual disabilities. These youth come together at Compass – a social group created for LGBTQ youth in Toronto – where these youth are offered a safe place to explore their identities. The participants of this documentary engage in topics such as dating, sex, gender queerness and bisexuality. Power, freedom, hope and love are words of inspiration of this sweet portrait. For more info: Tess Vo in the Journal on Developmental Disabilities.

11182729_910271689032867_6329915108783090317_oTranScreen Fundraising Evening
TranScreen invites you to a special fundraising evening in Vrankrijk, Spuistraat 216, Amsterdam, on the same day, starting at 10 p.m. The admission is voluntary, and will be supporting the TranScreen Filmfestival.

TranScreen Filmfestival
TranScreen is a multi-day film festival with international films on themes of transgender and/or gender diversity. During TranScreen you can enjoy feature films and shorts, mainstream and experimental, professional and community films from different countries.

TranScreen is an event in which (trans)gender diversity is the norm. A public space where everyone can be themselves in a secure environment. Regardless of gender orientation or sexual preference. A place to meet up and exchange international experiences in a relaxed and spontaneous way.

TranScreen 2015 takes place from Wednesday 3 June to Sunday 7 June.
Visit our website: transcreen.org.