Out & Loud at AF Pune

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With the striking down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code by the Supreme Court of India, the LGBTQIA movement in India finally breathed a sigh of relief. The ruling was crucial for not just the fundamental rights of individuals but also for a more inclusive society. Alliance Française de Pune added its support to the rainbow flag by becoming the Cultural Partner for Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival. Within the framework of this collaboration, three films with queer themes were screened with the support of Institut Français on April 19, 20, and 21 in Pune.

A still from Tomboy - one of the three films screened by AF Pune at Out & Loud in collaboration with Institut Français

A still from Tomboy – one of the films screened by AF Pune at Out & Loud in collaboration with Institut Français

The first film was Xavier Dolan’s critically-acclaimed masterpiece Laurence Anyways which tells the story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred (Frédérique) and a transgender woman named Laurence (then living as a man). This was followed by Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys – a poignant tale of the encounter between a middle-aged Frenchman and a young hustler which changes their lives forever. The final film was Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy – the story of the 10-year old Laure who deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael after moving into a new neighborhood. The narrative heavily implies that Mikhael is a closeted transgender boy.

eastern boys

A still from Eastern Boys

With ‘Intersectionality’ as the festival theme, 2019 marked the 3rd edition of Out & Loud. The event is one of several initiatives by MIST – a group of queer individuals and allies who have been working tirelessly for the empowerment of minorities and human rights since 2009. The goal of Out & Loud is to provide a platform to aspiring filmmakers from around the world to showcase their films in Pune. Last year’s edition saw a walk-in crowd of more than 500 festivalgoers. Given this success, the 2019 edition also broadened its scope by adding three different panel discussions on Faces from the Transgender community, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, and Intersectionality respectively.

Shyam Konnur (Founder, MIST) had previous conducted a session on May 17 at AF Pune about the various sexual and gender identities implied in the umbrella term "queer" as part of the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Shyam Konnur (Founder, MIST) had previously conducted a session on May 17 at AF Pune about the various sexual and gender identities implied in the umbrella term “queer” as part of the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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