Film Screening - Until and Unless: Decriminalizing Queer India

Sponsored by Penn South Asia Center
13 Nov 2018 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Open to the Public
Film Screening

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We welcome you to attend the world premiere of, "Until and Unless," on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the International House. This short documentary film engages the decriminalization of sodomy in India. This event includes a reception with food and beverages and a talk back with Bengali LGBTKH* activists Sintu Bagui, Netu Giri, Dr. Soma Roy (also featured in the film).

Doors open at 5:30PM
Film starts at 6:00PM
Free Admission. RSVP required

Until and Unless Film Description: 

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.

Film Length: 30 Minutes
For mature audiences only.

About the making of this film: 
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

Watch trailer here:


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