ALIVE! is a specially curated programme of moving image shorts celebrating what it means to be South Asian and LGBT in the world today, by me (Bobby Tiwana). The event takes place on MON 11 JUL, 7pm, Gateshead Old Town Hall. Tickets
ALIVE! launches GemArts’ Masala Festival, a week-long festival celebrating a mix and blend of the finest South Asian arts and culture.
In talking to GemArts about finding a suitable context to programme my Love Works shorts, it soon became apparent there could be an event dedicated to South Asian LGBT shorts. I was aware of a few shorts and makers like Aleem Khan’s Diana; had recently discovered Sonali Gulati‘s creative prowess through Big Time – My Doodled Diary. And in no time ALIVE! was born.
The programme includes British, North American and South Asian award-winning filmmakers. The stories and characters in the shorts cover lesbian, gay and transgender lives: growing up in 1980s India; an historic day in 90s Britain; contemporary Pakistan, India and the UK.
There are stories of childhood innocence, first love, growing pains; of hardship, brutality and self-acceptance; stories of hope, resilience, a better tomorrow and ultimately about being alive! Genres include live action drama, digital animation and documentary. The programme running order:
Little Elephant, 2015, Dir. KateJessop; Big Time – My Doodled Diary, 2015, Dir. Sonali Gulati; Diana, 2008, Dir Aleem Khan; Poshida, 2016, by Faizan Fiaz; I Am, 2011, Dir. Sonali Gulati; and Chariot Riders, 2015, Dir. Kate Jessop.
ALIVE! includes a post-screening discussion with filmmakers, film and cultural studies academics from the Newcastle University, the health sector and LGBT community. Fingers crossed Sonali Gulati gets her visa and travels from Virginia, USA!
Love Works was supported using public funding by Arts Council England; seed funding: GemArts, Sheffield City Council, Homotopia and Shout Festival.
This event feels likes a first and rather special, hopefully going someway to remind us what it means to be alive!