Many lives unravelled

different A scene from Prayers for Bobby.

The fare this year includes films, photographs and performances. As many as 53 films from 14 countries will be screened like Danish film-maker Nicolo Donato’s Brotherhood and a retrospective on the work of Taiwanese film-maker Zero Chou by screening three of her films Splendid Float, Spider Lilies and Drifting Flowers.

The festival will also showcase Jan Villa, Indian film-maker Natasha Mendonca’s experimental film. Including Mendonca's film, there are 13 Indian short films that are part of the schedule this year. The schedule also includes the now renowned TV film, Prayers for Bobby, based on the true story of Mary Griffith (played by Sigourney Weaver), a woman torn between her loyalties and challenged by her faith when her son Bobby commits suicide because he is gay.

There will also be a photo exhibition, which will be inaugurated on February 25, 6.30 pm, and will be available for public viewing throughout the course of the festival. There will be Queer Poetry presentation. Abhishek Afreen Chaudhary, a Bangalore poet, and Ryan Brooks, an American poet presently studying in Bangalore, will read from their original work along with other poets on February 26, 6 pm.

Apart from this, there will be Drag performance and Transvoice on February 27, 7.45 pm and panel discussion with film-makers on the same day at 3 pm. For details, log on to www.blrqueerfilmfest.com

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