About the Event

Films of DesireSexuality and the Cinematic Imagination was a four day event that aimed to explore the ways in which visual representations in features, short films, documentaries, animation, music videos, and experimental films engage with ideas of sexuality in South and Southeast Asia. 

At Films of Desire there were fifty-nine films screened, and twelve panels and two skills building workshops were conducted. There were twenty-six speakers and eighteen film makers present. More than 100 participants from over 15 countries participated in the event. The films were mainly from South and Southeast Asia. Some international films were also screened. Three film packages were especially curated for the event. The panels addressed themes as diverse as the question of representation itself, censorship, heterosexualities, visibilities and invisibilities, concerns of representation of pain and exploitation, queer politics, right wing movements, digital technology, Indian cinema, biographies and films made for social intervention. 

Films of Desire was organised by CREA in partnership with The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality from March 7 – 10, 2007, at Neemrana, in Rajasthan, India. CREA is an NGO, based in New Delhi, India, that empowers women to articulate, demand and access their human rights by enhancing women’s leadership and focussing on issues of sexuality, sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women, women’s rights and social justice. 

For more information on Films of Desire, visit:www.filmsofdesire.org Check out the blog on the website as well. 

Event Director: Geetanjali Misra

Event Coordinator: Shilpa Phadke

Organising Committee: Geetanjali Misra,
Radhika Chandiramani, Shilpa Phadke, Shohini Ghosh

Operations Manager: Sushma Luthra

Event Advisors: Aseem Chhabra, Carole S. Vance,
Dede Oetomo, Geetanjali Misra, Prabeen Singh,
Pramada Menon, Radhika Chandiramani, Shilpa Phadke,
Shohini Ghosh, Sushma Luthra.