Ani Maitra reviews the fifth edition of the Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, focusing on the crucial role that the festival plays in bringing together Indian activists and filmmakers, while also combining collective action and aesthetic self-expression. Maitra examines the festival's rather difficult self-stated goal of “touching hearts” locally and globally, as shaped by the often-conflicting ideologies espoused by local politics, global and corporatized LGBT rights discourses, and Euro-American queer theory.
Touching Hearts: The Uncertain but Strategic Politics of KASHISH 2015
Ani Maitra is Assistant Professor of Global Film and Media at Colgate University. Maitra's teaching and research interests span the fields of postcolonial and diaspora media cultures and gender and sexuality studies. His essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Continuum, and Jindal Global Law Review. He is currently working on a book project on the aesthetics of narcissism in diasporic literature and cinema.
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Ani Maitra; Touching Hearts: The Uncertain but Strategic Politics of KASHISH 2015. Film Quarterly 1 December 2015; 69 (2): 60–65. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2015.69.2.60
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