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2nd Delhi International Queer theatre and film festival kicks-off in New Delhi

The Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival (DIQTFF), a one of its kind event for the LGBT community, organized by Harmless Hugs & Love Matters, was inaugurated in New Delhi on 10 December 2016.

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While many upcoming and established film makers, actors and theatre enthusiasts are going to be part of the event, Piyush Mishra will be attending as chief guest. An award-winning actor, lyricist and also singer, Mishra has worn many hats. But speaking for and with the LGBT community would be a first for him. He will be heard addressing the audience and sharing some nazmein to pay his respects to the community. Apart from him, Sonali Bose will also be there to support the festival and the LGBT community. Accredited celebrities like Kalki Koachlin and Kunal Kapoor have joined the cause by sharing video messages to show their support.

The festival has an exciting line up this year. Day 1 will have ‘Underneath the makeup, it’s me “– A film by Chris Fudge which follows the life of a transgender teen, Amber, and her transformation into her true self, I step on Air by Oxana Chi and Layla Zami are a German-French queer couple who present their story through performing arts, Ismat Chughtai's famous short story Lihaaf or The Quilt by the Asmita Theatre Group etc. Day two would comprise of – Thats my boy, a 24 minute Malayam documentry film, A Spanish film Amorfo by Jose Brocco, Meeta ki Kahani, a Vijay Tendulkar play based on lesbian relationships and Lihaas by Saitan Theatre Group. The festival will also have many street plays , talk session and much more.

Speaking about the event, Vithika Yadav, Country Head - Love Matters India / RNW Media said "Love has no gender. We at Love Matters stand tall in support of LGBT rights and for decriminalisation of homosexual sex. Love Matters is an inclusive space where we talk about love, sex and relationships without any shame and stigma. LGBT rights is a core area of our work and through events such as this film festival we aim to call out to the community at large to come together in support of equality for all and raise their concern against homophobia. It's time we love people for who they are and let them love who they want. After all, Love is all that matters!"

The Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival (DIQTFF) is in its second edition. The film festival is the brainchild of Vinay Kumar, Founder-Harmless Hugs. This year, Love Matters India is the title sponsor and organising partner for DIQTFF.


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