India’s first gay film to get a child-friendly classification will have its world premiere in Sydney.
Set in a small town in southern India, Evening Shadows, is about a son coming out to his mother. Once he comes out, the film explores the upheaval it causes.
In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Indian filmmaker and gay activist Sridhar Rangayan said he was ‘thrilled’ with the film’s rating.
‘Our main aim when we made the film was not only to reach out to the LGBTQ community, but also mainly to parents and families in small towns,’ he said at the time.
Continuing on from the rating boon, Evening Shadows’ will premiere at the internationally renowned Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival.
The film festival runs in conjunction with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and is celebrating its 25th year.
‘We couldn’t have asked for a better showcase for the world premiere of our film than Mardi Gras Film Festival, which is one of the oldest and most prominent film festivals celebrating its 25th edition this year,’ Rangayan said.
‘Our film not only underlines the challenges, but celebrates diversity.
‘Audiences at the festival will get a close peek at the cultural and social conflicts the Indian LGBTQ community faces even today, as well makes a strong plea for gender equality.’
While in Australia, Rangayan will also be one of the Jury members to judge the ‘My Queer Career’.
My Queer Career is Australia’s largest competition for LGBTIQ short films.
Actress Mona Ambegaonkar, plays the mother in the film will be in Sydney for the premiere.
‘Evening Shadows is a true globe trotter! Born in the heart of Southern India it has leaped across hemispheres and continents already,’ Mona Ambegaonkar said.
‘It’s a matter of great pride that our film is being appreciated so much across the world and it validates all our hard work and all our hopes for the film.’