Indian documentary selected by Slovenian film festival
Source :PTI   Date :22-Oct-2012

Bangaluru, October 22: A 24-minute short documentary "Me, My Self, My Gender" by Bangaluru-based journalists K G Vasuki and Maya Jaideep has been selected by the 28th edition of 'The festival Lesbian and Gay Film Ljubljana' in Slovenia to be held from November 24 to December two.

The documentary made in Karnataka on 'Men having sex with men' (MSM) will be screened on November 26 at the Slovenian capital. This is the first Indian documentary on this subject to be represented at Slovenian international film festival.

The documentary is based on research by the community on a joint project by "Ashodaya Samithi", Mysore and Manitoba University in Canada. Dealing with lives of MSM in Mysore, Belgaum and Bellary districts, it documents the conflict and celebrations, including their fight against stigma and discrimination in their lives.

"The documentary also deconstructs the western myths and concept of gays by bringing vivid aspects of their lives. The social relationships, religion and their acceptance, their love life, search for an identity, the struggle to be part of the mainstream, their struggle for survival facing oppression and coming out as unique individuals are the crux of the film", Vasuki said.

Maya Jaideep said the documentary looks at the life and its dynamics of MSM in Karnataka. Their sex and sexuality, the life around them, their struggles have been documented", she added.

As Karnataka has one of the highest incidences of HIV-AIDS in the country, the documentary also records the community’s efforts to fight HIV-AIDS and their consequences, it was stated.