Five Films for Freedom March 2022

Five Films for Freedom is back! 16-27 March 2022

Five Films for Freedom, our LGBTIQ+ themed short film festival returns with a selection of films available for the world to watch online for free. Featuring work by filmmakers from India, China, Panamna, Croatia and the UK, we ask you to watch and share the films using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom in recognition of the fact that Love is a Human Right.

Through our global network in more than 100 countries, we encourage people to watch the films in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities particularly in places where freedom and equal rights are limited in recognition of the fact that Love is a Human Right.

You can watch the films and the directors of Five Films for Freedom 2021 discuss the inspiration behind their films here

We are also excited to partner with The Queer Muslim Project, South Asia’s largest virtual network of Queer, Muslim and allied individuals, to celebrate and amplify LGBTIQ+ stories, voices and people as part of Five Films For Freedom.

We are hosting eight in-person screenings across India in collaboration with local LGBTIQ+ and allied communities and organisations. The curation also includes a series of reels with popular Queer creators and youth media platforms, Yuvaa and We the Young India, roundtable discussions featuring renowned filmmakers, and open mics!

The screenings will be held in New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kharagpur, Kolkata and Guwahati

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    Film Screening and discussion co-hosted by Ambar, the official gender and sexual diversity support, resource, and awareness group for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies at IIT Kharagpur.

    For details, contact Chinmoyee - 9609867673, Ujjwal 6296429800, Saswata 9830149802

    16 March 

    6 PM IST

    Netaji Auditorium, IIT Kharagpur

    Film Screening and discussion co-hosted by IIM Ally,an  LGBTQ+ resource group of that works to create a safe space for the queer community driven by the support from students, teachers, staff and family at IIM Ahmedabad.

    For details, contact Aritra  - 80177 71150

    16 March 

    7 PM IST

    IIM Ahmedabad

    Film Screening and Panel Discussion with speakers like Faraz Ansari and Zoya Lobo co-hosted by Harkat Studios , an international boutique arts studio based in Mumbai and Berlin

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    20 March 

    8 PM IST

    Harkat Studios, Mumbai

    Film Screening, Panel Discussion and Open Mic co-hosted by Anaajoree, a non-profit organization based out of Guwahati  with Poetry Couture

    22 March 

    3.15 PM IST

    Department of Women Studies, Guwahati University

    Online Open mic with renowned Queer artists and performers co-hosted by Gaysi Family , a media platform and safe zone for queer desis

    22 March 

    7 PM IST

    Instagram- @gaysifamily

    Film Screening at British Council

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    25 March 

    6 PM IST

    British Council Kolkata

    Film Screening at British Council

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    25 March 

    6 PM IST

    British Council


    Film Screening and Roundtable on LGBTQIA+ representation in Popular Media, featuring prominent LGBTQIA+ leaders, artists, filmmakers and representatives from the British Council supported by Delhi-based Queer student groups

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    26 March 

    5 PM IST

    British Council


    Film Screening and panel discussion with activists and filmmaker, Arun Fulara co-hosted by Orinam an all-volunteer unregistered collective of LGBTIQ+ people and allies based in Chennai

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    27 March 

    3:30 PM IST

    ICSA, Egmore, Chennai

Five Films for Freedom March 2022 films and filmmakers

Frozen Out

(Hao Zhou, 5 mins, 2021, China/USA)

An immigrant retreats to frozen prairies and forests, hoping to escape the anxieties of dislocation and find meaning in an endless expanse. Delivered as a letter to the protagonist’s sister in rural China, the film meditates on identity, self-exile, home, and ties to family. 

Hao Zhou is from Nanchuan, China, and now lives in the United States, where he studied for an MFA the University of Iowa. His first feature, The Night (2014), about young, queer, sex workers in China, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where he is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talents programme. Frozen Out won a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards, Los Angeles.

All Those Sensations in my Belly

(Marko Djeska, 13 mins 19 secs, 2020, Croatia)

An animated documentary about the real life of transgirl, Matia, who relates the story of her experience of the transition process, and the complexity of finding true love with a heterosexual man. Marko Dješka is an animation director, scriptwriter and comic book artist from Croatia, and an animation graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb’s animation department. He’s an alumni of the European animation development lab, Animation Sans Frontieres, and the script writing programme at La Poudriere, France. All Those Sensations in my Belly has screened at over 100 international festivals, including Annecy (France), Outfest (Los Angeles) and Message to Man (Russia). It won the Best Script Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Marko is a co-founder of animation studio Adriatic Animation.


(Arun Fulara, 10 mins, 2020, India)

When the middle-aged Kamble makes his weekly visit to the neighbourhood barber shop, it's not just for a shave. He can't wait to be touched by Jaan, the new barber-boy he has a crush on. It's the highlight of his otherwise dull existence as a married man leading a dual life in a society that resists homosexuality. 

Arun Fulara is a writer and filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. Sunday is his first short film, and it has travelled widely to festivals around the world including Tampere Film Festival (Finland), Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco), Inside Out (Toronto), and Kashish (Mumbai), where it won the Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker. Arun’s second film, My Mother’s Girlfriend, was awarded the KASHISH QDrishti Film Grant, and won Best Film awards at both REELING: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. Arun is currently working on his debut feature film, My Home is in the Hills, a coming-of-age drama steeped in magical realism in the context of migration.

Birthday Boy (Vuelta al Sol)

(Judith Corro, 7 mins, 2020, Panama)

It's César's birthday and his parents expect him to wear clothes that make César feel uncomfortable. Now he has to make a decision: continue to please his family's expectations or be true to his identity as a trans man.

Judith Corro is a cultural manager and storyteller, and works in communications in the NGO sector, on projects focused on gender, identity and community. Birthday Boy is her first film.

For Love

(Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, 13 mins, 2021, UK)

Illegal immigrant, Nkechi, lives happily in the shadows with her partner Martha, but when immigration officers turns up unexpectedly, the pair have to make difficult decisions about their future together.

Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK when she was 16. In 2016 she produced Joseph A Adesunloye’s feature White Colour Black, which premiered at the London Film Festival. Joy was selected for the BFI’s LGBT+ mentorship programme and in 2020, Joy was identified as both a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and a BAFTA Breakthrough participant. Having produced shorts and features, For Love, made with BBC Film, is the first short that she has written and directed.

The short films are available to watch online on British Council Arts YouTube channel