Directed by internationally
acclaimed filmmaker and one of India’s leading LGBT activists Sridhar Rangayan,
PURPLE SKIES, a documentary film about
Indian lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered men, recently aired on Doordarshan, India’s only National Network.
This is the first time that the network has aired a full-length documentary on the subject matter.
weaves together heartrending stories of LBT people victimized and subjugated by
the law, the family & society, as well as hopeful stories of youngsters who
have bravely come out of the closet. By placing it in the context of the historic
struggle of the LGBT community in India, and juxtaposing personal stories with
critical analysis of issues by activists & advocates, the film offers a
compelling view inside the lives of the Indian LBT community.
Purple Skies aims to create
awareness about the lesser-known lives of women with a sexual orientation or
gender identity that is against the hetero-normative paradigm.
“I have been receiving very
positive feedback for the telecast of the part of the film. Many people
have written back saying that they had tears in their eyes watching stories of
people similar to them unfold in their own living rooms”, said director
“I am truly excited that Purple Skies is being
telecast on India’s national network. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better platform to spread
the messages in our film to every corner of India. The two episodes will
certainly be an eye-opener about issues of lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered
men, and I hope it will bring about a change in perceptions and attitudes”, said
“I am pleasantly surprised
that Doordarshan has taken a leading role in engaging viewers and educating
them on a subject that affects many families in India”, said Shobhna S. Kumar,
founder of Queer Ink and an out lesbian activist, who is featured in the film.
The film, that had its world
premiere at last year’s 5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film
Festival, has already screened at more than 20 film festivals around the world
and has received international acclaim from audience members. It also recently
screened to a full house at Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF).
The film was produced by
Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), in association with Solaris Pictures.
Watch the Purple Skies Trailer: