Adalah-NY, Alwan for the Arts, & 3rd i NY Present
Screening and Discussion: 68 Pages
Directed by Sridhar Rangayan
Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 7 pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
Trains: F to 2nd Ave, 6 to Astor, R, W to 8 St.
Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
Coming from a country like India that is still in denial, where being HIV+ is still a curse, 68 Pages rips open the underbelly of its society to reveal how it stigmatizes and shuns those who are HIV+ or even those who just want to be what they are. Through 68 Pages of a counselor's diary, we see the stories of Paayal, a sex worker; Nishit, an ID user; Kiran, a gay man and Umrao, a transsexual bar dancer - their stories of pain and fear, humiliation and rejection - not only by the society, but even by their loved ones. While these stories expose the shallowness of the system, it also offers hope and healing by trying to bring about a better understanding of their fight to live with dignity. The film is a tribute to the human spirit of optimism and survival. Produced by Humsafar Trust.
Q&A with Executive Producer Vivek Anand to follow.
About the Presenting Organizations:
3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local
filmmakers and experimental djs showcases the works of independent
filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and
electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian
filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only
increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers
and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.
Alwan for the Arts serves the Arab community and educates the broader
public by showcasing a range cultural events; thereby enriching the
cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts
has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the
Arab countries in New York City. It organized film festivals and
screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and
conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and
language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center
in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse
Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East is a grassroots
strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New
York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end
U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In
response to the continuing injustices committed by the U.S. and Israel,
which constitute gross violations of international law, Adalah-NY
with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice,
equality, democracy, and respect for human rights.
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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.