Our Family

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English (subtitled), 56 min, 2007, India

Set in Tamilnadu, India, ‘Our Family’ brings together excerpts from Nirvanam, a one person performance, by Pritham K. Chakravarthy and a family of three generations of transgendered female subjects, Aasha, Seetha and Dhana. They all belong to the trans-gendered community called Aravanis (aka Hijras, in some parts of India). The film juxtaposes the ‘normality’ of their existence with the dark and powerful narrative by Pritham- ‘Nirvanam’; Nirvanam (Liberation) refers to the act of liberating oneself from the male body and transforming oneself to a female. This narrative bears witness to the tumultuous journey towards a reinvented selfhood, a journey fraught with violence, exploitation, affection and courage.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
K. P. Jayasankar
Editing:
Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound:
Anjali Monteiro, Elangovan R., K. P. Jayasankar
Graphics: K. P. Jayasankar
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Special Jury Award in the documentary section, Signs 2007, Kerala 
Certificate of Merit, Special Mention at the Mumbai International Film Festival, 2008
Indian Documentary Producers Association ( IDPA) Gold for Best Script
IDPA Gold for Best Sound Design
IDPA Silver for Best Editing
IDPA Certificate of Merit for the Best Documentary
 
Screenings: 
Parramasala Arts Festival 2013
The 11thRoyal Anthropological Association Film Fest 2009
Leeds Metropolitan University 2009
Netherlands Transgender Film Festival 2009, Amsterdam
Persistence of Resistance 2008, New Delhi
University of Manchester 2008
Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland 2008
Visicult, Findland 2008
Jeevika South Asia Livelihhod Documentary Festival, New Delhi 2008
Nigah Queerfest, New Delhi 2008
1st International Video Festival of Kerala,Trivandrum, 2008
Vikalp @ Bengaluru, 2008
Kalaghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, 2008
Mumbai International Film Festival 2008
Chauraha, Mumbai, 2007
Moving Images, Goa, 2007
Vikalp @ Awishkar, Mumbai 2007
Signs Film Festival, Kerala 2007