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Published On: October 25, 2018 09:20 AM NPT By: Republica

BFI Flare Short Film Festival in Kathmandu

BFI Flare Short Film Festival in Kathmandu

The British Council organized a press meet on Wednesday at Lainchaur to announce the screening of short films from British Film Institute’s Flare, London’s LGBT Film Festival, in Kathmandu.

As per the organizers, Photo Kathmandu, British Council, and Blue Diamond Society (BDS) are jointly presenting a series of screenings of those short films. And the event is a collateral of the ongoing third edition of Photo Kathmandu.

The movies being screened have different thematic focuses such as gender, patriarchy, power, sexuality and identity. The screening program includes drama and documentary, poetry, and dance, which explore and celebrate a range of LGBT experiences. They are, essentially, about finding out and standing up for who you are, the organizers said.

The public screening is dated on November 4 at the British Council at Lainchaur, Kathmandu. Apart from the public screening, the shorts movies are to be screened in three academic institutions of the capital. 

Various short films are to be shown during the festival, including ‘We Love Moses’, ‘I am a Woman’, ‘Crush’, ‘Strings’, ‘Take Your Partners’, ‘Balcony’, ‘Jamie’, ‘Where We Are Now’ and ‘Chance’. ‘Swikar’ produced by Right Here, Right Now (RHRN) and Blue Diamond Society (BDS) is also to be screened as a compliment to the BFI Flare Short Film Festival. ‘Swikar’ is about the acceptance of a gay person in Nepali family.

The short films are mostly about finding out and exploring one’s identity. 

Speaking at the press meet, Bhumika Shrestha, a transgender activist working for BDS, said that in general, Nepali movies often make joke of the LGBTIQ community. “Though most of the people are aware of the LGBTIQ issues, the films here in Nepal still take our community as a joke. The LGBTIQ people are included but they are mostly given a funny role. As a result of that fact, the society still takes the LGBTIQ people very lightly,” she added. 

Mohit Rauniyar, coordinator of the screenings around different academic institutions of Kathmandu, said: “We screened at Ullens School and the students gave the testimonials about the movie collection. If our further screening makes the students and other people raise a question about identity and sexuality, it will be our biggest achievement.” 


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