[Reader-list] [Announcements] Film Screening

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Thu Jun 24 11:38:43 IST 2004


June 24, 2004


A film by Ghazala Nihal Ambarien

 34 min/ Betacam/ Hindi with English subtitles

Produced by AJK Mass Communication Research Center, 2002


Chini is a 7year old girl. Kafeela and Arshi are women in their late twenties. Along with the filmmaker, they share a middle class neighborhood and stories in the form of memories and encounters where they are seen as everything women are not to be! Who Can Speak of Men? is a collection of anecdotes about the everyday encounters of its characters as cross dressers within the neighborhood, families and beyond. Situated within the overlapping spaces of recollection and desire, the film explores the fluidity of sexual identities and its contradictions with the social construction of gendered identities. The visibility of the body as it ‘appears’ is at odds with how it is experienced. The film raises some interesting debates as cross-dressed women share their experiences of masculinity and being men.

 The film will be followed by a discussion moderated by filmmaker and scholar, Shohini Ghosh.

 Screening Schedule

June 24, 2004, 7 p.m.

 The India Habitat Centre, Gulmohar Hall.



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