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From cruising to erotic library Fantasies, Riyad Vinci Wadia’s short provides an explicit look at the gay underground scene of 90s Mumbai.
1996 India Dir Riyad Vinci Wadia 12 min
Gulabi Aaina (The Pink Mirror)
Heart-warming story of two queer performers and their friend as they prepare for a performance. Banned by the film board of India, this film provides a much-needed insight into a community who are both revered and marginalised.
2003 India Dir Sridhar Rangayan 40 min
Two women – a mall security guard and a customer – share a moment of intimacy, but can a burgeoning romance survive beyond the kiosk’s curtains?
2019 India Dir Rohin Raveendran 15 min
Join ShayShay, co-founder of Pan-Asian drag collective The Bitten Peach, on a journey of empowerment, self-discovery and breaking down barriers.
2022 UK Dir Shiva Raichandani 13 min
About the curator: Harry Singh
Curator, Harry Singh grew up immersed in cinema – initially (thanks to his Grandfather) Bollywood 1950s classics (Guru Dutt’s Kagaz Ke Phool and Pyassa), and later 80’s supernatural horrors (Hellraiser, The Lost Boys) and queer cinema (My Beautiful Launderette). Lockdown gave Harry the opportunity to explore further and discover new standouts – among many others Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane (1976) and Fire (1996) by Deepa Mehta, but he wondered why there was a lack of South Asian queer films on his radar… and did they even exist? After some digging, directors like Riyad V Wadia and Sridhar Rangayan started to pop up and Pink Mirrors Exploring South Asian Queerness, a vibrant selection of shorts exploring journeys of self-discovery, desire and community, was born. Harry also previously helped produce the sixth edition of the queer film zine, Little Joe.
Explore the rest of this five-part cinema programme curated by up-and-coming film curators and teams who all took part in the second Emerging Film Curators Lab at the Barbican in June 2022.