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Four Indian transgender activists, each with a different take on life - Gauri Sawant runs a transgender CBO, Lachi works for a LGBT organization in Pune, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is a celebrity hijra who has campaigned for equal rights and Nisha works for the health of transgenders at grassroots level. Their past has shaped their present and their present will shape a future that is full of challenges.
Sridhar Rangayan is a Bombay-based writer/director whose films present hard-hitting social issues and critique with warmth, compassion, and humor. His award-winning films The Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally, and 68 Pages are at the forefront of India’s emergent queer cinema movement. He is also one of the Founder Trustees of The Humsafar Trust and serves on the board since 1994 as well as has been involved with Bombay Dost, since its inception. He has been one of the vocal out gay persons and has contributed to the Indian LGBT movement through this films, visual artworks, writings and talks. He has conceived and directed Project Bolo – the definitive Indian LGBT oral history project.
Producer: The Humsafar Trust works with sexual minorities providing counseling, HIV testing and treatment facilities. Its center for Excellence (CEFE) emphasizes on research, capacity building of communities and media advocacy. The Advocacy unit of Humsafar works on creating awareness and sensitization on issues of sexuality and HIV/AIDS through street plays, IEC materials and films.
Associate Producer: Solaris Pictures is the only Indian film production company that has consistently been making award-winning films on LGBT themes. Its award-winning films like Gulabi Aaina, Yours Emotionally′and 68 Pages, all dealing with gay and transgender stories, has pushed the boundaries in queer portrayals in Indian films.
Director Of Photography & Sound Recordist: Subhransu Das
Editors: Biren Jyoti Mohanty & Girija Sankar Tudu
Executive Producer for Solaris Pictures: Sridhar Rangayan
Producer for The Humsafar Trust: Vivek Anand
Concept, Interviews & Direction: Sridhar Rangayan
PROJECT BOLO is a not-for-profit project. A large part of the sales will be used to produce more interviews for the next volume of Project Bolo.