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Q-Screen: Queer Sketches in Cinema is a film series curated by the Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality exploring gender, sexuality, desire, body-image, love, and romance from a queer perspective. The series showcases documentaries, short-films, feature films, and films from mainstream cinema. It also includes panel discussions and interaction with film producers and directors. Q-Screen curates films from all over the world but with a focus on films on and from South Asia and India.

We are interested in films that have transformed the narrative of feminist movements and queer activism through their powerful portrayals of the lives of women, LGBT and other queer communities. Tracing both their struggles and triumphs, many such films have already created a space in which to map the political and social trajectory of queerness. The Q-SCREEN festival curates a part of this space, showing some of these powerful stories captured on film, and initiating a discussion on various issues of gender and sexuality.

CSGS presented the first edition of its film series in November 2015 at the Ashoka University campus. The four-day long film festival covered films from mainstream and parallel cinema focussing on Devadasi traditions, sex-work, honour killing, homosexuality, transgender issues, marriage, women’s sexuality, and virginity. We collaborated with KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival for a day of screenings as well as a discussion with Festival director Sridhar Rangayan. Speakers at other sessions included Justin McCarthy, noted Bharatnatyam dancer; Akhil Katyal, Poet and Faculty at Shiv Nadar’s Department of English; and Dr. Himadri Roy from the School of Gender and Development Studies at IGNOU.

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