Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 3:00 PM
What do parents say when they find out their child is gay? Eleven years after her mother’s death, lesbian filmmaker Sonali Gulati returns to her hometown of New Delhi, India, to clean out her house and make peace with the parent she never came out to. Gulati interviewed 21 Indian families over the course of five years to unravel the intricacies and difficulties of coming out in India. From Balli, who was kidnapped and threatened by her girlfriend’s family, to Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the first openly gay royal who had a nervous breakdown before publicly coming out to the press, the dangerous pressures of a homophobic society are undeniable in Gulati’s interviews. However, bright spots on the horizon dawn: Piali and her girlfriend walk the dog with Piali’s mother, Rituparna finds acceptance in her chosen family and Aditya marries his partner with his parent's blessing.
Dir. Sonali Gulati, 2011, India, 71 mins. in Hindi and English with English subtitles