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San Francisco, CA—Frameline, the world’s largest resource for LGBT media and film, is proud to announce Frameline35, the 35th anniversary of the internationally renowned San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. This year’s legendary showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cinema runs June 16-26, with San Francisco screenings at the landmark Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (2966 College Avenue).
During the 11 days of Frameline35, tens of thousands of people from the Bay Area and all across the globe will come together to see the best of the best 200+ films from more than 30 countries including South Africa, Iran, Belgium, Algeria, and Thailand. Additionally, as part of its anniversary celebration, Frameline35 will feature a number of special programs, including educational panels and live events, designed to engage audiences around the festival’s history and unique role in shaping San Francisco’s LGBT and arts communities. Tickets for Frameline35 will be on sale through www.frameline.org to members on Friday, May 27, 2011 and to the general public on Friday, June 3, 2011.
From Balli, who was kidnapped and threatened by her girlfriend’s family, to Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the first openly gay royal who had a nervous breakdown before publicly coming out to the press, the dangerous pressures of a homophobic society are undeniable in Gulati’s interviews. However, bright spots on the horizon dawn: Piali and her girlfriend walk the dog with Piali’s mother, Rituparna finds acceptance in her chosen family, and Aditya marries his partner with his parents’ sweet and spiritual blessing: “The seal of God is stamped on every creation.” Homosexuality was decriminalized in India just two years ago, when Section 377 was overturned after years of protest, and Gulati has been organizing the South Asian queer rights movement for over a decade.