past events

In collaboration with APICHA, GAPIMNY, NYAGRA, & IGLHRC

Queer, Brown, and Working It!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, June 23rd, from 6:15PM-9:45PM
Location: Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th Street (b/w 2nd Ave & Cooper Square)  
Directions: F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Astor Place

As part of its Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Film Series, the Gay Bisexual Transgender Project of the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) in collaboration with 3rdI NY, Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), presents a screening examining issues on HIV/AIDS, transgender organizing, queer desire and labor within a queer people of color context.

For more information about the GBT Project at APICHA, please contact jcheng@apicha.org or 212.334.7940 x218.

For information on 3rdI NY, monthly South Asian film, video, and music events, please email thirdi_ny@yahoo.com.

For more information about GAPIMNY, please visit http://www.gapimny.org or call (212) 802-RICE.

For more information about the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, e-mail Pauline Park (mudang@ix.netcom.com) or call her at the NYAGRA office (212) 675-3288, x266.

For more information about IGLHRC, please visit http://www.iglhrc.org or call (212) 216-1814.


Dir: Sherna Dastur
India, 52 mins, 2002

Miss Manju is a truck driver who defies gender stereotypes.  She describes herself as half Shiva, half Shakti (man/woman) who "doesn't need anybody else's power."  This betelnut chewing, cross-dressing business woman hangs out with the boys and comes home to a girlfriend and a family who call her "Big Daddy."  You may say that "butch dyke" is this woman's middle name, but hold off on the labels.  This beautifully shot observational documentary, filled with close-ups of busy Indian roads and night cafes, has been structured as a poetic story of an original trailblazer.


Dir: Carlos Aparicio and Susan Aikin
USA, 58mins, 1995

This documentary explores the changes that Ricardo a former homeless prostitute transvestite, undergoes after discovering that he is HIV+ and deciding that he is not going to die on the streets. In search of a place to live he is taken in by a group of Born Again Christians who demand that he become heterosexual. His journey is utterly painful and towards the onset of AIDS related illness Ricardo looks back on his life and reflects that if he could choose all over again he would still want to be a woman. (An abridged version of this film will be screened due to time constraints.)


Dir: Tara Mateik and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
USA, 30mins 2003

The video addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment, and the violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender segregated bathrooms. Using the stories of people who have been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, Toilet Training focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work.


Dir: Stephen Winter
USA, 83mins, 1997

An underground band of HIV+ queer, transgender activists of color is making headlines in New York. In  an effort to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic, these urban guerrillas stage a series of surprise attacks against conservative politicians whom they believe are collecting secret lists of HIV+ individuals. Chocolate Babies is a tragic-comedy emotional roller coaster ride that is sure to provoke laughter and dialogue.

C.U.M. [Conventional Urge Management]

Dir: Matias Gerardo Grieck
Japan, 8mins, 1996

A biting commentary on the current state of public sex education and our obsession with new technology, lack of human intimacy in sex education campaigns.

About 3rd I. 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. More info...

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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.