KhushDC, DC's South Asian LGBTQ community group, is excited to present a play and short films from India. The play will be performed in English and the short films will have English subtitles.
The play, "Ek Madhavbaug," is brought by Vivek Anand, who is the CEO of The Humsafar Trust, an NGO based in Mumbai, India. The trust acts as a focal point for LGBT activism and supports initiatives on local and national platforms that work towards reducing discrimination towards LGBT communities in country. The organization also works in the areas of health, advocacy, capacity building and research. Ek Madhav Baug, written by the late playwright Chetan Datar, is about a mother's journey into her son's sexuality through his written diaries. The 45-minute play is enacted by well-known Bollywood actress Mona Ambegaonkar.
Two short films will be presented:
Breaking Free is a sneak preview of the feature-length documentary film that strings together anguished voices of those who were tortured, blackmailed, and indicted by the draconian Indian law Sec. 377 that criminalized homosexuality with the voices of advocates, activists and opinion builders who have fought a decade-long battle to have this law read down. Directed by Sridhar Rangayan.
Night is Young is a film that takes place on a balmy night in the city where three couples - one straight, two queer - brave the odds to grab a few moments with their love. Directed by Pradipta Ray.
Opening remarks will be made by White House LGBT Liaison Gautam Raghavan. The program will begin at 7pm on Friday, June 27th with a Q&A at 8:30pm. The program will take place at the SEIU Conference Center (1800 Massachussetts Ave, NW). Find out more on Facebook.