If you love watching world movies with rich and relevant content, Jio MAMI 2018 is the place to be! Unlike mainstream cinema that only explores heteronormative stories, the movies screened here give you a larger and broader view of the world, with love stories about homosexual couples, the struggles of surviving in modern society as a transgender, and the general taboos against the LGBT community. So if you want to embrace the LGBT culture and learn more about the real lives of people around you, make sure you catch these seven movies at the festival this year.
Joel Edgerton’s coming-of-age drama tells the story of Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents. The young boy is faced with an ultimatum – attend a conversion therapy program or be ostracized by the family, friends, and faith. The film continues to portray Jared’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Desiree Akhavan’s romantic drama is the story of a perfect high school girl who is caught with another girl in the back seat of a car. She is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction”. At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs — but this unusual setting also introduces her to an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
Unnikrishnan Avala’s Malayalam film explores the life of the dark-skinned Gulikan, who has the body of a man but the soul of a girl. Born and raised in a tribal settlement, she struggles to balance her life working as a coolie in the city. Later, she is displaced by drought, poverty, and addiction and is humiliated in a racist society. As she is on the run, the movie goes on to discusses how the color of the skin, not the depth of one’s heart, is an approved identity in a ruthless and cold-blooded society.
Knife + Heart
A French film by Yann Gonzalez, Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur (French name) is set in the summer of 1979 in Paris, where Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet, with her trusted sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside down.
Wanuri Kahiu’s English-Swahili drama has been a subject of great controversy in Kenya. It explores the relationship of Kena and Ziki, who long for something more than the traditional life. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. As love begins to blossom between them, the two girls are forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Cynthia Ke Sapne
Pallavi Paul’s fictional documentary chases the inner life of its primary protagonist, Cynthia, imagined as a literary character, a measure of time, a form of experience, and a landscape. She also bears witness to the lives of two people – an executioner and a trans-artist whose lives are intertwined within a small town in North India and with each other through an informal history of labor, violence, and death. Another name for the moon, Cynthia is sometimes spotted outside the window as stories of a city slowly tumble in.
The 1966 Swedish classic by Ingmar Bergman explores the life of Elisabeth Vogler, a famous stage actress who blanks out during a performance and lapses into complete silence the next day. Advised by her doctor to rest, she goes to a beach house on the Baltic Sea with her nurse Anna as company. Over the next few weeks as Anna struggles to reach her mute patient, the two women find themselves experiencing a strange emotional communion.
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