Press Trust of India
October 22, 2012 19:02 IST
The documentary made in Karnataka on 'Men having sex with men' (MSM) will be screened on November 26 at the Slovenian capital.
A 24-minute short documentary
"Me, My Self, My Gender" by Bangalore-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",
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",
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.