This poster portrays the theme of eighth edition of KASHISH Mumbai, South Asia’s biggest LGBT film festival: ‘Diverse, One.’ (Click image to view full size)
SOMETHING LIKE Summer‘s Asian premiere will be at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, on May 27, in India’s largest city and the heart of its Bollywood film industry.
The film was announced as part of an expanded lineup of narrative features for the eighth annual festival, with 147 films from 45 countries that “reflect the diversity of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities,” according to festival director Sridhar Rangayan.
“We’re thrilled that Something Like Summer will be part of Mumbai’s effort to raise the profile of its LGBT community by celebrating both its diversity and unity,” producer Carlos Pedraza said when notified of the film’s participation in the festival. “It’s an honor to have another one of our films screen there.”
“DIVERSE, ONE,” is the theme of the festival’s eighth year. Blue Seraph Productions’ first feature film, Judas Kiss, screened at KASHISH in 2014.
Voted one of the “Top 5 coolest LGBT film festivals in the world” in MovieMaker magazine‘s audience poll, KASHISH receives more than 100 press features every year within India and internationally, including the New York Times.
KASHISH is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater, Mumbai’s iconic Liberty Cinema.
UNDERGROUND COMMUNITY According to the festival, it is the first LGBT film event to be held with the approval of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of the Indian government. Even so, the event is organized in challenging circumstances under which Indian law and society continue to marginalize the LGBT community, largely forcing it underground.
The other four “coolest festivals” awarded by the MovieMaker poll were San Francisco’s Frameline, the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Outfest in Los Angeles and Out Twin Cities, in Minneapolis, Minn. Judas Kiss screened at three of those festivals, Pedraza noted.
SHOWSTOPPER Sona Mohapatra’s scintillating performance at KASHISH 2016’s Opening Night, her finale showstopper, dressed as Ardhanarishwar (half-man & half-woman form of Lord Shiva), brought the audience to a frenzy with her powerful call for equality of gender, sex and sexuality.