8 Films on same-sex relationships will be shown in West Bengal schools to promote inclusiveness amongst youth

The films have been shortlisted for the 8th Prayasam’s Bad and Beautiful World Film Festival.

Eight short films on same-sex relationship — made by young film-makers that have been shortlisted for Prayasam’s Bad and Beautiful World Film Festival — will be screened at several schools after the reopening of educational institutes in the state.

The main objective of the screenings is to promote inclusive education so that LGBTQ youth do not feel isolated or unwanted. The films will be screened at several schools after they reopen,” said Prayasam’s director Prasanta Roy.

These films titled RESH (reverberance) deal with fictionalised accounts of same-sex relationships to explore diverse subjects such as companionship, child abuse, acceptance, identity crisis and a spectrum of other human emotions. Some of the ideas are interesting though the execution has room for improvement.

A partner organisation of UNICEF, Prayasam, works to create an environment where the youth can be self-empowered. “The young makers – Salim Shekh, Manish Chowdhury, Saptarshi Ray, Salim Shekh and Avijit Marjit — hail from Dakhindari, Mahishbathan, Nazrul Pally. They are students of Prasayam Visual Basics-Asia’s only grassroot film studio that is supported by Adobe.

The films will premiere on December 3 at the 8th Bad and Beautiful World Film Festival at Kalanjali Art Space.

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