Milind Soman Made Me Gay

Memories of Home and Abroad
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English, 27 min, 2007, USA

In 1995, the Indian Government charged Bollywood supermodel Milind Soman with ‘obscenity’ for appearing nude in a shoe advertisement. The charges were filed under old colonial laws that are still evoked to restrict desire and persecute homosexuality. ‘Milind Soman Made Me Gay’ is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements with voice-over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life ‘back home,’ are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an on-going struggle to find a place of belonging.
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Tilottama Productions
Creative Crew
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Samrat Chakrabarta
Awards and Screenings:

Frameline SF International LGBT Film Festival 2007
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2007
Nigah Queer Festival, Delhi, 2007
Reel Affirmations DC International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2007
Humsafar Trust, Special Screening in Mumbai, 2007
Queering Diasporas Conference, University of Manchester, 2007
Annual American Anthropology Association Conference, Washington DC, 2007
NSRC (National Sexuality Resource Center) Summer Institute, San Francisco 2007