Our Family

Friday 22 May, 22:00, De Balie, kleine zaal

Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, documentary, India 2007, 56 minutes, in Tamil with English subtitles

What does it mean to cross that line which sharply divides us on the basis of gender? To free oneself of the socially constructed onus of being male? Is there life beyond a heteronormative family?

Set in Tamil Nadu, Our Family brings together excerpts from Nirvanam, a one person performance by Pritham K. Chakravarthy and the family of three generations of transgendered female subjects, who are bound together by ties of adoption. They all belong to the transgendered community called Aravani. Aasha Baharathi, the grandmother, is the president of the Tamil Nadu Aranvanigal Association, Chennai. Seetha, the daughter and Dhana, the granddaughter live in Coimbatoire. Weaving together performance, life histories and everyday life, the film problematises the divides between 'us' and 'them'. The screening will be co-presented by members of the Roze Samosa group who will give context to the film.

Roze Samosa is a social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in The Netherlands who are from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan or have origins from these countries (Suriname, Africa, etc). Initiated by gay activists and COC Amsterdam. You can contact Roze Samosa.