LGBTI film to screen on airline from a country where it’s illegal to be gay

LGBTI film to screen on airline from a country where it's illegal to be gay

A still from the movie Evening Shadows (Photo: Solaris Pictures)

The first LGBTI film to get a child friendly rating in India will make history and screen on Emirates Airlines.

Evening Shadows tells the story of a young man in southern India who comes out to his mom. In early 2018, the classification board in India gave it a child-friendly rating. This happened while India still criminalized homosexuality.

But the Evening Shadows has made history again, becoming the first LGBTI-themed independent film to hit the in-flight entertainment circuit.

‘We are really excited by this breakthrough,’ said director Sridhar Rangayan.

‘Being a truly family entertainment film, we are happy the film is reaching diverse audiences through in-flight entertainment on an airline, specially one as prestigious as Emirates Airlines.’

The news is all the more historic because any sex outside of marriage – especially same-sex relations – is heavily criminalized in the United Arab Emirates – home to Emirates Airlines.

The UAE criminalizes same-sex activity with punishments ranging from prison, flogging, death, or deportation.

Evening Shadows has also swept up a swag of awards at film festivals around the world and screens on Netflix.

It recently won the audience award for Best International Feature at the Romania LGBTQ film festival. This tookits tally of awards to 17 audience and jury awards. Producers said this is also a historic breakthrough.

Evening Shadows will also feature in the prestigious exhibition celebrating 100 years of LGBTI cinema titled ‘Champs d’Amours’ in Paris.

‘This is an extraordinary honor for an independent Indian LGBTQ film to be considered to be part of this exhibition, that celebrates the rich history of 100 years of LGBTQ cinema,’ Rangayan said.

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