As part of Parramasala 2017 we bring you Cinema Thali – South Asian Film Festival in Lennox Theatre: Sat 11 March and Sun 12 March: 12pm – 8pm (4 films each day)
ENTRY IS FREE and the films are not ticketed so arrive early to secure a place.
A Yellow Bird (Singapore) – Siva a Singaporean-Indian man is released after in prison for contraband smuggling. Unable to find forgiveness form his mother, he begins a quest to locate his ex-wife and daughter. Just as he finds solace and hope in the company of an illegal Chinese sex worker, he is confronted with an unbearable truth about his family. 15+
Vātsalyam: South Asian Expressions of Parenting Love (Australia) – Child rearing practices amongst South Asians are adapting and changing to the demands of modern living. The film, Vātsalyam, explores positive parenting experiences of South Asian communities living in Sydney, with the aim to bridge the knowledge gap in human services and community agencies regarding cross-cultural child rearing practices, as well as assisting the communities themselves to share and learn about positive parenting practices from each other.
Ottaal (India) – Based on Anton Chekhov’s short story Vanka, Ottaal centers on eight-year-old Kuttappayi, an orphan who goes to live with his only living relative, his grandfather in the Kerala countryside.
Parched (India) – In the arid landscape of Rajashthan, four women navigate their way through personal and cultural difficulties, talking about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual demons. 15+
12-2pm – Jagat (Malaysian – Tamil, Malay, Mandarin and English) – Set in the early 1990’s, Jagat follows Appoy, a spirited boy who would rather watch gangster flicks and make prank calls than memorise his multiplication tables. Desperately trying to keep his son on the right path, Appoy’s hard-working father becomes increasingly abusive, as the boy is inexorably drawn to the criminal lifestyle of his uncle, a henchman for a local gang. 15+
2-4pm – CRD (India – Hindi, English and French) – A young Dramatist rebels against his fascist Tutor to form his troop of misfits – aiming to win a prestigious theatre competition and trying to find the hardest thing of all: his voice. Inspired by real life event ‘Purushottam’ in Pune, India. 15+
4-6pm – Ho Gana Pokuna (Sri Lanka – Sinhalese, English) – One day, a new teacher, Uma, arrives at a primary school in a remote little village in Sri Lanka. With Uma’s help, her little pupils learn not to be afraid of dreaming big.
6-8pm – Parramasala presents in collaboration with KASHISH Mumbai International Film Festival and Aks International Minorities Festival a selection of films highlighting the lives of transgender people from Pakistan and India. 15+
NORMALCY Director: V. Ramanathan
16 mins / 2015 / Tamil with English subtitles
This documentary follows the day-to-day life of a transgender person as a student and homemaker, in Tamil Nadu in India. She is a graduate student and is married, and she recites her story as she attends to daily chores.
THAT’S MY BOY Director: Akhil Satyan
2015 / 24 min / Malayalam, Kannada with English subtitles
‘That’s My Boy’ takes us through the life of Sonu, who was born a girl but he always knew that his physical body and mental identity were at odds with each other.
HIDE AND SEEK Directors: S. Munir and S Khan
1 hour 7 mins/2015/Urdu with English subtitles
A group of Pakistani sexual minorities, raise questions about transgender activism, religion, underground gay life, social acceptance and collective familial customs of transgender women in urban Pakistan.
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