Toronto LGBT to premiere Indian gay feature EVENING SHADOWS
Indian gay feature EVENING SHADOWS will have its Canadian Premier in Toronto.
EVENING SHADOWS is already receiving a lot of international acclaim and awards at film festivals, will have its Canadian Premiere at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT film festival on June 2nd 2.00pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The film, set in a small town in India, is an emotional story of a son coming out to his mother and how she tries to deal with the truth, steeped within a traditional patriarchal family. The film highlights the idea ‘when you come of the closet, you push your mother into the closet’.
The film which received a UA certification in India, premiered at the Mardi Gras film festival in February and has screened at film festivals in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and India. The film was the closing film at the recently concluded KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and received a standing ovation and an extremely emotional response.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be screening at Inside Out which is the third largest LGBTQ film festival in the world, and there is already a great buzz for the film. The tickets are sold out and there is a lot of anticipation from the local South Asian and diasporic community. I am also glad for the support of the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai to have enabled my participation at the festival by providing a travel grant. Myself and producer Karim Ladak are looking forward to the screening”, said Sridhar Rangayan, the director of the film and a leading gay activist in India. He is one of the petitioners against Sec 377, the anti-sodomy law that effectively criminalizes homosexuality in India.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am about the screening of EVENING SHADOWS on Sat June 2nd at the Inside Out festival in Toronto. It is a unique and very relevant film, made beautifully in the heart of India. The event is close to my heart since it combines both my Canadian and Indian identities. Stay tuned, it will win Toronto hearts! I can hear the standing ovation already”, said Karim Ladak, Toronto based author, philanthropist, gay activist and producer of the film.
The film has evinced a lot of appreciation from parents of LGBTQ children. Aruna Desai, one of the proud out parents and co-producer of the film EVENING SHADOWS said, “This film is dedicated to all the mothers and I completely relate to it. While watching the film, I went through various emotions, and stages of acceptance, but my love for my child was most important. This film depicts that aptly. Hence I can relate to it really well." She is part of the Sweekar – The Rainbow Parents, a support group of parents of LGBTQ children in India which is spearheading the movement for acceptance and love for LGBTQ persons.
The film won the ‘Free To Be Me Award’ at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam and will receive the ‘Celebration of Courage’ award at OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival on June 14th. After Toronto, the film is scheduled to screen at Kansas City, Shanghai, Colombo, Rio and at festivals in Peru and Kosovo.
Trailer of the film can be viewed here
(With Inputs From Vishal Verma)