LGBT rights in India is battle of old Victorian morality vs. Hindu fundamentalism: Unfreedom director Raj Amit Kumar

IndianFlagMarch 7, 2015 – Reported by The American Bazaar – WASHINGTON, DC: Raj Amit Kumar is a filmmaker and founder of Dark Frames, an artists’ collaborative dedicated to producing cinema with a strong socio-political element.Kumar will release his first film in the United States through Dark Waters — titled “Unfreedom.” Banned in India, the film addresses the trials and tribulations faced by members of the LGBT community in India as well as the harsh realities of Islamophobia.Kumar graduated from the College of Staten Island with a Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies and began work on “Unfreedom” directly afterward.Apart from filmmaking, he is also a media academic, college professor, and writer whose writings and research papers have been published and presented at various conferences around the world.Excerpts of an interview with Kumar:Your latest release, “Unfreedom,” was banned in India. Why is that?The film deals with two very important issues that are pressing. One story deals with homosexual identity and what it faces in India. Homosexuality was criminalized in 2013 and the film shows some inherent truths about what LGBT and homosexuals face in India when it comes to brutality, rape, police violence, and certainly other things.The second place takes place in New York and deals with the Islamophobia that we live in, where more and more the idea is being cultivated that Muslim people are all violent, or all terrorists. In the current wake of fundamentalism religious forces are taking over political control and taking over the consciousness of the country, which I find bothersome. I think that played a major role in the censor board banning my film…story continues below…

via LGBT rights in India is battle of old Victorian morality vs. Hindu fundamentalism: Unfreedom director Raj Amit Kumar – The American Bazaar.

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