Taking the title of “Best Documentary Short Film 2012” in the third Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the telling documentary, “Amra Ki Etoi Bhinno.” The KASHISH – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, an annual event held in Mumbai, India since 2010, screens films related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer issues India and around the world.
“Amra Ki Etoi Bhinno” or “Are We So Different” is a film that follows hijras — a South Asian term for physiological males who identify with the feminine gender, wear women’s clothing, or take on other feminine gender roles — as well as bisexual and gay men living in Bangladesh. In doing so, it attempts to document their struggles as members of marginalized communities and their unique experiences of managing the not-so-welcoming environments around them.
The variety of gendered realities and sexual practices displayed in this short film makes it a candid representation, as it illustrates the diverse and intricate distinctions between gendered and sexual identities. [Read more...]