I should have blogged about this film festival coming to Bangalore long time back. This should have been on priority list but for lack of company paid time on internet.


This awesome film festival is being arranged by organisations based in Bangalore and Delhi working on sexuality rights:  CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in  Action), The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality, Good As You (GAY), Swabhava.


Films of Desire Bangalore aims to bring together documentary, feature length and experimental films that deal with issues related to sexuality, with a specific focus on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons. The festival is being organized by Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) and the South and South East Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality, New Delhi in collaboration with Good As You and Swabhava, which are Bangalore based organizations that work on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons in Bangalore.


The festival, which will screen six short and three feature length films over a single day, showcases some contemporary and extremely popular movies from South East Asia like Beautiful Boxer and The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras. Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kick boxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality which led to her sex change operation.


The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras is the story of a young Philipino boy who lives a feminine life, loved and cared for by his widowed father and two teenage brothers who all lead lives of petty crime. Helped one day by a new neighbour, Victor, his life takes a drastic turn: he falls in love with the young, good-looking cop.


The festival will also be an opportunity to see some experimental and short films that explore the theme of sexuality. Acclaimed video artist and cultural critic Richard Fung, in an intensely moving personal essay about living in the shadow of illness, Sea in the Blood explores two of Fung’s closest relationships — with his late sister Nan, who died in 1977 of a rare blood disorder called thalassemia (which literally means ‘sea in the blood’), and with his lifelong lover, Tim, who has been living with HIV since 1980.


Films of Desire, Bangalore will premiere Namita Malhotra’s latest film, One Wife to Another, an erotic exploration of the conversation between two women. The film is based on a poem in Pali with the same title, part of collection of works in ‘The Absent Traveler’ translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. The stage of the poem is the conversation between two women about their husbands and their sexual proclivity, and the film is about the words of this conversation written on the body.


The Details:

Films of Desire: Sexuality and the Cinematic Imagination

Date and Time: 4th August 2007, 2pm – 9:30 pm 

The Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

No. 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore

Entry Free


For further details contact Mr. Siddharth Narain,  Tel.: 80-41231340


For Schedule and Brief about the Movies to be screened visit My Events page.