96 Our Family

Our Family (96)

09:00, Saturday 04th July, Theatre A


  • Director: K.P. Jayasankar, Anjali Monteiro (IND)
  • Year: 2007
  • Run time: 56'
  • Format: DVCAM

Set in Tamilnadu, India, “our family” brings together excerpts from Nirvanam, a performance, by Pritham K. Chakravarthy and a family of three generations of trans-gendered female subjects. Aasha, Seetha and Dhana, who are bound together by ties of adoption, belong to the community called Aravanis. Aasha Bharathi, the grandmother, is the president of the Tamilnadu Aravanigal Association, Chennai. Seetha, the daughter lives with her male partner Selvam, in Coimbatore. The film Juxtaposes the “normality” of their existence with the dark and powerful narrative by Pritham – “Nirvanam”; Nirvanam refers to the act of liberating oneself from the male body and transforming oneself to a female.

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