Noon Festival · On Being Queer* & South Asian* · Film and Talk


19:30 - 23:00

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are welcome

*** This event is part of Noon Festival · Queer History Month x Ramadan · be‘kech ***

► On Being Queer* and South Asian*
Screening of ‘If You Dare Desire’ (2017) by Debalina Majumder, followed by a post-film discussion & Q&A with Aulic.

SUN, May 26th, 2019
Start: 19:30 h

‘If You Dare Desire’ by Debalina Majumdar has been showcased at numerous festivals around the world, and we’ve been awarded the privilege to bring this film to Berlin!


“2011. In a small town in West Bengal, India, Swapna and Sucheta – two young women in love with each other – took their own lives. Their families left them unclaimed. What if they had run away and survived? This is a film of possibilities … within this hetero-patriarchal world, the women resist. They live many lives. They die many deaths. Through this living and dying, they love, dream, create new families, new claimants … new spaces of living, loving … in the daily struggles of a far-away village, in the dark glitters of a big city, and in the spaces in between”


Aulic is a South Asian writer of poetry, songs, short fiction, and research-based non-fiction. She has been collaborating with the Director of “If You Dare Desire” (Debalina) since 2004 on various film projects in diverse capacities as part of their artistic platform “Debaulic Films”. Since 2007, Aulic is a member of “Sappho for Equality”, the sexual minority rights NGO based in Kolkata.

For this event, Aulic will speak on the queer movement specifically in the context of collaboration between two Bengali-speaking regions (West Bengal and Bangladesh). How Debalina’s fiction and documentary films and the activism of Sappho for Equality relate to the increasingly intersectional nature of the queer movement in that region, focusing on solidarity, cooperation and linking it to structural issues such as class and communal relations.


7:00pm: Doors Open
7:45pm: Screening of If You Dare Desire
8:40pm: Break
9:00pm: Post-Screening Discussion and Q&A with Aulic.


This event is free to attend and open to all – donations are strongly recommended, as all proceeds will be going towards Masjid al-Rabia’s Black and Pink Crescent: There will be more information available at the event on the work that the project does, and please feel free to ask our team!

be’kech [anticafé · coworking space · bar] Exerzierstr. 14
13357 Berlin- Wedding
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