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Too Desi Too Queer 2022 intro

This screening will be preceded by a special event with artists Riz Ali and Yvy DeLuca who will be sharing their personal stories.

Riz Ali (they/them) is a queer, South Asian artist, playwright, writer, poet, and Theatre and Performance Practice graduate. They can be found working at the University of Salford’s New Adelphi Theatre, as well as running around being an associate artist with Touchstones in Rochdale. They’ve had numerous publications in queer zines and more exciting writing coming later this year in Transliteration.
Yvy DeLuca (she/her) is a South Asian trans writer, performer and activist. She is the author of Tainted Beauty – The Memoir of an Authentic Creation, which tells her story of being a trans woman of colour, and her experiences with transitioning in the late 90s and early 00s. Tainted Beauty is an honest and raw account of what her life was like and how she navigated through relationships, family, acceptance and living her truth. Yvy is also known as The BollyWitch, as a drag artist who combines Bollywood culture with being a practicing witch to create a horror style of drag that incorporates her cultural background. As an artist, Yvy has performed live and digitally around the world, and has created her own POC-led cabaret, called A-POC-ALYPSE CABARET, that platforms queer artists of colour.

Film details

The pioneering Too Desi Too Queer short film programme explores the lives, experiences and well-being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities in the subcontinent and diaspora, through a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of recent LGBTQIA+ short films.

Screening as part of the Manchester Indian Film Festival.

Films screening will be:

Begum Parvathi (PG) (Dir Radhika Prasidha/IN 2021/8 mins/Malayalam wEng ST)

Romance blossoms between two women who meet online, but the prospect of an in-person meeting puts their growing bond to the test.

Queer Parivaar (12A) (Dir Shiva Raichandani/GB 2022/25 mins/English)

When a mysterious gate-crasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family.

Trinity (12A) (Dir Hetain Patel/GB 2021/23 mins/English & Gujarati with partial EngST)

The struggle between responsibility and duty plays out in this lyrical exploration of martial arts.

Muhafiz (The Protector) (Dir Pradipta Ray/IN 2022/20 mins/Hindi wEng ST) 

Against a backdrop of sectarian violence, can a gay Hindu man find the courage to help a Muslim?

My Mother’s Girlfriend (12A) (Dir Arun Fulara/IN 2021/15 mins/Marathi & Hindi wEng ST) 

A young man is forced to confront his mother’s love for another woman.