Complete 2003 Festival Schedule
WITH ONE WING
Experience Music Project: JBL Theater
Sunday, October 19
first queer film from Sri Lanka, FLYING WITH ONE WING is a groundbreaking
tale about gender identity, love, and courage in a climate of acute
homophobia and sexual harassment. Manju is a boyish car mechanic
who holds his own in the male-centered world of the auto shop, until
one day he is hurt in a car accident and taken to the hospital.
While he is being treated, it is revealed that Manju is actually
a biological woman. After the doctors attempts to have his
way with her are rebuffed, the physician retaliates
by exposing Manjus secret to the community. The news sends
panic through the town, devastating his wife Kusum, who knew Manjus
identity all along, but feared the inevitable torment from the townspeople.
This subversive satirical gem is as fascinating as it is touching.
WITH ONE WING (TANI TATUWEN PIYABANNAT); Asoka Handagama, director;
2002; Sri Lanka; 81 minutes; 35mm (in Sinhalese with English subtitles)
by Long Yang Club
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