Manipuri Film "Oneness" to Premiere at KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024

"Manipuri film 'Oneness' to debut at prestigious KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024, marking a groundbreaking moment for LGBTQ+ representation in the region despite production challenges."

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Manipuri Film "Oneness" to Premiere at KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024

Manipuri Film "Oneness" to Premiere at KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024

The Manipuri feature film "Oneness," directed by Priyakanta Laishram, is set to have its world premiere at the prestigious KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024 in Mumbai from May 15-19. This marks a significant milestone for the film and Manipuri cinema, as "Oneness" is the first Manipuri film to center on a same-sex love story.

Despite facing production challenges, including violence in Manipur and resistance from certain groups due to the film's theme, director Priyakanta Laishram expressed his elation at the film's upcoming premiere. "Oneness" is produced by Laishram himself alongside Roushil Singla and features a talented ensemble cast.

The film aims to shed light on the struggles faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the region, challenging societal norms and promoting acceptance and understanding. The KASHISH Pride Film Festival, South Asia's largest queer film festival, will showcase "Oneness" as the sole representative from Northeast India, emphasizing the film's significance and the growing recognition of LGBTQ+ stories in the region.

Why this matters:

Priyakanta Laishram's determination to bring the film to fruition, amidst production challenges and resistance, serves as an inspiration for filmmakers and activists alike. The inclusion of "Oneness" in the KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024 lineup not only celebrates the film's artistic merit but also amplifies the voices and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community in Manipur and beyond.

Key Takeaways

  • Manipuri film "Oneness" to premiere at KASHISH Pride Film Festival 2024.
  • First Manipuri film to center on a same-sex love story.
  • Faced production challenges due to regional conflicts and societal resistance.
  • Aims to shed light on LGBTQ+ struggles and promote acceptance in the region.
  • Represents a groundbreaking moment for LGBTQ+ representation in Manipuri cinema.