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Updated on: 24 April,2010 07:17 AM IST  | 
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Kashish -- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, provides a sneak peek into the lives of the LGBT community. Catch the last two days of the festival this weekend at the Alliance Francaise and PVR Juhu

When a man loves a man

Kashishu00a0-- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, provides a sneak peek into the lives of the LGBT community. Catch the last two days of the festival this weekend at the Alliance Francaise and PVR Juhu

What does it mean to be queer today? That's the question Kashish ufffd the Mumbai International Queer Film Festival attempts to answer through its selection of features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films, highlighting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) narratives.

The festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and international queer cinema among LGBT as well as mainstream audiences. Around 110 films from 25 countries will be screened.

"We have been organising such festivals since 2003, starting with Larzish, the first queer film fest. But this is a landmark event as the films are moving from smaller venues to mainstream venues such as the PVR cinemas and Alliance Francaise," says Vivek Anand, CEO, Humsafar Trust and Festival Director.

Apart from the screenings on Saturday evening at PVR Juhu, there will be a performance by actor Mona Ambegaonkar of Ek, Madhav Baug: a play about a son "coming out" to his mother through his diary. The closing ceremony on Sunday will see the music release of the film Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon, which is touted as being India's answer to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain.

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All screenings are free, but prior registration is necessary.

PVR Juhu, Today
10 am to 11.30 am
Prodigal Sons (86 min, USA)
One family's struggle to come to terms with its past and present.

11.45 am to 1.30 pm
Rex v/s Singh (30 min, Canada)
Two Sikh mill-workers who were entrapped and accused of sodomy.

The Postcard (15 min, South Korea)
A customer gets the attention of two girls behind the post office counter.

Last Full Show (18 min, Philippines)
A young man learns a painful first lesson about love.

The Casuarina Cove (19 min, Singapore)
A meeting between two strangers
leads to an unexpected aftermath.

2 pm to 4 pm

Steam (15.5 min, USA)
Two guys stuck in a steam room try to figure out the situation and each other.

Transatlantic (12 min, USA)
Two couples. Two countries.
Same problem.

Lot's Wife (10 min, Turkey)
Can two men find love in Istanbul?

Suddenly, Last Winter (80 min, Italy)

Partners Gustav and Luca deal with a wave of homophobia in Italy.

4.15 pm to 6 pm
Out At Lunch (42 min, UK)
A close-knit group of friends prepare for life as adults, and as lesbians.

6.30 pm to 9 pm
Non-Love-Song (8 min, USA)
Two friends. One secret longing. Can they find a song that says it all?

Birthday (11 min, India)
A day in the life of Abhay.u00a0

Stag (9 min, UK)
Sami awakens to the consequences of a drunken stag party night.

Dish (15.5 min, USA)
Israel and Louie dish out details about their sexual escapades.u00a0u00a0

Boy Meets Boy (13 min, South Korea)
A bus ride brings two boys together.

Were The World Mine (95 min, USA)
Timothy gets himself a love potion.

9.15 pm to 11 pm
Parting Words (8 min, Canada)
A short, bittersweet drama about love and friendship.

Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma (90 min, Canada)
Based on real life incidents, this film treads the thin line between the real and the imagined.

PVR Juhu, Tomorrow
10 am to 11.30 am
One In Ten (25 min, India)
The story of a closeted gay man and a closeted lesbian, based in Bangalore.

Pablo (14 min, India)
A young boy discovers love.

Ronnie (21 min, India)
An unusual story about filling in the missing blanks.

The Quilt (20 min, India)
A retelling of Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai's The Quilt.

11.45 am to 1.30 pm
You Can't Curry Love (23 min, USA)
An East Indian from London finds love in a country he only thought he knew.

I Cant Think Straight (80 min, UK)
A moving romantic comedy.

2 pm to 4 pm
Oh Happy Day (100 min, UK)
Homophobia in the workplace.

The Power To Be Strong (4.5 min)
Worldwide premiere of music video.

6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Closing night film

Alliance Francaise, New Marine Lines, Today
10 am to 11.30 am
Beyond Boundaries (26 min, USA)
Documentary that studies the lives of immigrants in USA.

It's My Life (45 min, USA)
Documentary exploring issues faced by the LGBT community in Bay Area, USA.

11.45 am to 1.30 pm
The Choice of Love (35 min, Norway)
A Norwegian queer filmmaker understands what it means not to have the freedom to love who you want to love.

Making the Face (30 min, India)
The journey of Tom Sharma, a transgender make-up artist in Manipur.

Busted (30 min, Malaysia)
Documentary on what it means to be a transsexual in Malaysia today.

2 pm to 4 pm
The Existence (Astitva) (4 min, India)
A gender non-conformist's struggle to find his place under the sun.u00a0

Diana (10 min, UK)
The emotional journey of an Indian transsexual, post Lady Di's death.

This is Not A Drag Queen (11 min, Canada)
A struggling actor tries to find fame as a drag queen.

Mirror Mirror (10 min, Australia)
The long goodbye.

The Missing Colours (25 min, India)
Story of a transgender painter.

XXwhy (48 min, India)
Story of a female-to-male transgender living in Kerala.

4.15 pm to 6 pm
Nina's Heavenly Delights (94 min, UK)
The prodigal daughter returns.

6.15 pm to 8 pm
Westler (94 min, Germany)
Can love overcome geographical boundaries?

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