Ten feature films to watch this Pride month

Cinema becomes an important reflection of what life is, often a celebration. It also sometimes reflects the nuances of the struggles people go through, struggles that are incomprehensible in real life.
“To be an ally, you must recognize the struggles, the celebrations and the lives of queer people. Queer films become a source of understanding the queer experience which, in turn, gives you insight into the similarity and difference of our lives. It not only broadens your understanding of queer lives, but also sensitizes you to the struggle and oppression the community has suffered at the hands of patriarchy and heteronormativity,” says Yashwant Panwar, Communications Manager of Imbue Natural.
This Pride month, here’s a look at films that have helped us understand and witness what it means to be queer in different parts of the world.

Fire
Loosely based on the sensational short story Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai, Fire is one of the first Indian films to explicitly portray the struggle of queer women in an openly homophobic and patriarchal society.

Memories of March
This Rituparono Ghosh masterpiece not only gives us perspective on the acceptance of homosexuality, but also teaches how grief brings people together.

Aligarh
A film that strips away all subtle metaphors and gives us a raw portrayal of what it means to be queer in India’s homophobic, religion-driven society.
This is not just the story of Professor Siras but of all those who have faced discrimination because of their identity.

Blue is the hottest color
A coming of age story about love, acceptance, betrayal and coming to terms with your identity.

Carol
Adapted from the romantic novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, the story revolves around the relationship between Carol, a recently divorced mother and Thérèse, an aspiring photographer.

boys don’t cry
Based on the murder of Nebraskan Trans-man Brendon Teena, it was one of the first films that started the conversation about gender and transphobia in mainstream cinema.

Moonlight
This critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama revolves around the acceptance of homosexuality in African-American cultures.
The film won three Oscars including Best Picture in 2017.

Daisy with a straw
One of the first Indian films to explicitly depict homosexuality and disability. The story revolves around Leila Kapoor, a teenager with cerebral palsy and her encounter with bisexuality, New York, family and life.

Kapoor and sons
A Bollywood anomaly that portrays a queer experience as a practical reality, instead of sensationalizing or desensitizing sexual identities.

Portrait of a lady on fire
This French masterpiece gives us the beauty of the female gaze. Set in the 1770s, the story goes beyond the love of an artist and her muse by depicting love as an art. (IANSlife)

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