Acclaimed feature film Evening Shadows spreads the message of Sweekar
Sridhar Rangayan’s film about family acceptance to screen in Los Angeles. He will speak at PFLAG Los Angeles meeting July 18.
While the Indian Supreme Court is currently hearing a clutch of petitions around Sec 377, the film Evening Shadows is propelling the dialogue through cinema and discussions. This award-winning narrative film is continuing its very successful festival run with official selection at 18 international film festivals across the globe and garnered two awards. But more importantly, it is raising awareness about acceptance of LGBTQ persons by their families, which becomes more important in the Indian context where social prejudices and dogmas are still prevalent.
'Evening Shadows' will screen at Outfest Los Angeles, one of the largest LGBTQ film festivals in the world, on July 15.
Rangayan has also been invited to speak about the film and about ‘Sweekar – The Rainbow Parents’ — the Indian support group for parents of LGBTQ persons — at PFLAG Los Angeles on July 18th. http://www.pflagla.org/events.html
“I am delighted to be invited to screen the film at Outfest, and doubly delighted to be invited by PFLAG Los Angeles to speak at their monthly meeting. I will be speaking about Sweekar, the parents' support group in India which is doing amazing work around spreading the idea of acceptance by parents of LGBTQ children. Both the film Evening Shadows and the group Sweekar are very dear to me”, said Rangayan.
Mariette Sawchuk, President of PFLAG Los Angeles said, "We are delighted that Sridhar Rangayan is speaking at the July 18 meeting of PFLAG Los Angeles. His film Evening Shadows movingly depicts the severe challenges LGBTQ persons face in India and other parts of the world. It's important for allies like us to be aware of these hardships. The brave parents who have formed ‘Sweekar - Rainbow Parents’ remind us of our founder Adele Starr. If we can support them in any way, we stand ready to help."
As part of Evening Shadows film’s mission to spread awareness about acceptance, the producers Solaris Pictures donated 10% of the money raised through crowdfunding for the film, to help kickstart a parents’ support group: ‘Sweekar - Rainbow Parents’ which now has more than 40 parents in Mumbai and other parts of India. They have participated in Pride marches in Mumbai and Pune, been part of panel discussions, including the recent one at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and also have meetings where they share stories and plan future activities.
Padma Iyer, who is one of the core team members of Sweekar said, "The pain and agony that a child goes through in the closet, is also the pain that the parent goes through when they understand that they are alone in this journey of acceptance. Sweekar means acceptance and that's how the support group 'Sweekar - Rainbow Parents' was formed. The group is a movement that has no boundaries and we are thrilled that Sridhar Rangayan will be connecting our group with the larger PFLAG group through his talk at PFLAG Los Angeles”.
Evening Shadows is a film about mother-son bonding that is put to test when the son tells his mother that he is gay. The film stars Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Mahadevan, Devansh Doshi and Arpit Chaudhary in the lead.
The film has received a UA certificate by the Censor Board, which the producers hope will enable it to have a wider release in theaters and on television.
Since its first screening in February at the Mardi Gras film festival in Sydney, Evening Shadows has already been selected to screen at 18 international film festivals. It has won two awards - ‘Celebration of Courage’ award at Out Here Now: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival and the 'Free To Be Me' award at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam.
EVENING SHADOWS Awards & Honours
- 'Celebration of Courage' award at OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival
- 'Free To Be Me' award at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam
- Runner-up for Audience Award at Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney
- Runner-Up for Audience Award at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam
- Closing Film - North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- Closing Film - KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
EVENING SHADOWS Screenings
- Barcelona LGTIB Film Festival - October 21, 2018
- Chichester International Film Festival, UK - August 12, 2018
- North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - August 19 & 21, 2018
- Prishtina International Film Festival, Kosovo - July 19, 2018
- Outfest, Los Angeles - July 15, 2018
- Rio Gender And Sexuality Festival - July 8 & 11, 2018
YouTube Trailer: https://youtu.be/iDpqasfWF9k