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Doc about repeal of Indian gay sex law seeks funding

Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan launches crowd-funding campaign to complete his documentary about the decriminalization of gay sex in India
Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan

Gay filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan is seeking crowd-funding for his documentary about the repeal of the Section 377, the Indian law that criminalized homosexual sex.

After a long campaign by LGBT groups, the law was repealed by Delhi High Court on 2 July 2009, but that decision is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court.

Rangayan has been shooting the film, Breaking Free, for five years in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi, but is seeking crowd-funding for the last couple of months of shooting and post-production.

‘The film comes at a crucial moment, in our struggle for justice and equality,' said Rangayan, 'when the verdict is being challenged in the Supreme Court and religious fanatics and moral policemen are shouting that it will open the floodgates of immorality and destroy India's cultural fabric.'

Rangayan’s previous films 68 Pages, Yours Emotionally and The Pink Mirror are all gay-themed and he is co-director of Kashish, Mumbai’s queer film festival.

The filmmakers hope to raise 300,000 Rupees ($5,420, € 4,307) to complete Breaking Free through crowd-funding website Wishberry.

‘This film has to be made, and it has to be made NOW,’ says Rangayan. ‘It is a film about the law, about us, our struggle to break free. The film attempts to present a pluralistic point of view without compromising on the personal and emotional stories of the LGBTQ community.’

Watch Rangayan’s pitch for Breaking Free here:
 

Watch a showcase for Breaking Free here:

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