DESI LESBIANS AT WOW bradford
Sun 18 November 2018
Location: Workshop Room 5 Kala Sangam St Peter's House, 1 Forster Ct, Bradford BD1 4TY
WHAT ARE THE REASONS BEHIND THE LACK OF VISIBLE, OUT, LESBIAN AND BI SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN?
We discuss the cultural factors that lead to desi lesbian invisibility.
On Sunday 18th November, we’ll be taking our ‘Desi lesbians - Where are you?’ panel to WOW Bradford. Speakers include Gaysians CEO Reeta Loi, the brainchild behind the format. She’s joined by Norrina Rashid, Practitioner at Bradford East Youth Service and writer and activist Afshan Lodhi. Chaired by Vegan Chef Sonia Sandhu.
DESI LESBIANS AT WOW FESTIVAL, 10th march 2018, london SOUTHBANK
WOW Festival have invited us to build on the sold out event in February. Hosted by Gaysians CEO Reeta Loi, the discussion will build upon the themes previously raised and explore these whilst bringing in new perspectives with two new panellists. Panellists include DJ Ritu of Club Kali, Reshma Johar (Women in Tax) and musician Ms Mohammed.
GAYSIANS x LGBT HISTORY MONTH PRESENT
What are the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women?
We discuss the cultural factors that lead to desi lesbian invisibility. Our panel is made up of pioneering women, spanning five decades, sharing experiences and herstories. We will be screening lesbian-led films, followed by discussion and DJ sets. Panel hosted by Reeta Loi, CEO of Gaysians.
More info on the panelists in the coming weeks.
FEATURE | Signature Move (US, 2017)
Director: Jennifer Reeder
Starring: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi and Sari Sanchez
SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother, Rosa (Charin Alvarez), is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating as she has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling training with a former pro wrestler, Jayde (Audrey Francis). Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her wrestling a secret from her Muslim mother, who knows more than she lets on.
SHORT | Little Elephant (UK, 2015)
Story: Carl Jessop
Animator: Kate Jessop
The estranged relationship between a father and his gay daughter, now a young mother. What can tomorrow bring…? LITTLE ELEPHANT is based on the theme of Love Works: exploring South Asian LGBT relationships in contemporary Britain commissioned by Bobby Tiwana.