Breaking Free—directed by Sridhar Rangayan, the founder of Mumbai’s Queer Film Festival—is a bold examination of the effects of a recent Indian ruling that effectively re-criminalizes homosexuality.
Interviews with prominent social activists bring viewers up close to the personal testimony arising from contemporary queer and trans* organising across India. Breaking Free traces the story of the British-introduced Section 377 of the Penal Code circa 1860, a section that was overturned in 2009, and then disappointingly upheld in 2013 by the Supreme Court. Deftly locating the historical, political, and legal legacies that impact South Asian sexuality, it offers an insider’s view of a queer movement seeking to annihilate the residual strains of colonialism located within Indian Law. With footage from gay pride events, protests, and celebrations across the country, this film is an affirmation by queer Indians that “if we survived our own demons, we will survive this institution and we will stand long beyond it.”
“To deny one their human rights is to challenge their very existence.” - Nelson Mandela