SISTAH SINEMA: QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR CINEMA TO SCREEN THE JOURNEY, A FILM FOLLOWING THE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO INDIAN WOMEN

SISTAH SINEMA: QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR CINEMA TO SCREEN THE JOURNEY, A FILM FOLLOWING THE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO INDIAN WOMEN
PRESS RELEASE_Sistah Sinema Screens The Journey_FV

PRESS RELEASE_Sistah Sinema Screens The Journey_FV

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CONTACT: Deidre McPherson

deidre@sistahsinema.com, (216) 282-4434

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SISTAH SINEMA: QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR CINEMA TO SCREEN THE JOURNEY, A FILM FOLLOWING THE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO INDIAN WOMEN

CLEVELAND, Ohio, November 21, 2012 — Sistah Sinema, a monthly moderated movie night focused on queer women of color, will present The Journey (Sancharram), a feature film inspired by a true story of two lesbian lovers in the South Indian state of Kerala.

The Journey begins with the childhood friendship between beautiful, outgoing Delilah (a Catholic), and the sober, idealistic, and inwardly focused Kiran (a Hindu), whose family settles next door. They quickly become inseparable, and in time Kiran feels attracted to Delilah, but suppresses it. Kiran is asked to write love letters to Delilah for Rajan, a teenage boy who also has a long-standing crush on Delilah. When Delilah learns the truth about the letters, she admits her mutual love to Kiran. A delicate love affair begins, despite social taboos against homosexuality. When their affair is revealed and neighbors begin to talk, Delilah’s family flies into panic mode with arranged marriage plans.

The Journey is writer/director/producer, Ligy J. Pullappally‘s first feature-length film. It was named “Best Film” at its world premiere at the 40th Chicago International Film Festival, and it has been screened as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival.

“Sistah Sinema provides the opportunity for Cleveland’s queer women of color to gather safely while affirming who they are and allowing their voices to be expressed, heard and supported. This group is routinely marginalized in greater Cleveland’s LGBT community. I am so excited to be a part of Sistah Sinema’s growing constituent base in its quest to educate, entertain, inform and affirm queer women of color through the arts,” said Phyllis Harris, Executive Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

EVENT DETAIL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 6:30 P.M.
Negative Space Gallery. 3820 Superior Avenue East (in Asian Town Center, second floor). Cleveland.

TICKETS: $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at sistahsinema.com.

FORMAT: 6:30 P.M. food & fun (potluck style / bring your own beverage). 7:30 P.M. film screening. 8:30 P.M. moderated discussion.

ABOUT SISTAH SINEMA
Sistah Sinema is a monthly, moderated movie night showcasing the nuances of queer women of color culture. Events are designed to foster honest dialogue on the struggles and opportunities unique to queer women of color, however all members and allies of the LGBT community are welcome to attend and be part of the discussion.

Sistah Sinema was founded in Seattle, Washington in 2011 and has since launched in San Antonio, Cleveland and most recently Portland (Oregon). Sistah Sinema Cleveland began in June 2012 and its five events to date have included two documentary films on writer/activist, Audre Lorde; a comedy-drama titled Family; Pariah, a critically acclaimed film executive produced by Spike Lee; and Difficult Love, a documentary focused on the challenges facing lesbians in South Africa. Sistah Sinema Cleveland events have taken place at Arts Collinwood, SPACES Gallery and on December 8, Sistah Sinema returns to Negative Space Gallery and Studio with a potluck social, followed by the film, The Journey, and a moderated discussion. Sistah Sinema Cleveland events take place on the second Saturday of each month, with upcoming potluck-style events scheduled for January 12 and February 9, also at Negative Space Gallery and Studio.

SISTAH SINEMA ONLINE
Sistah Sinema recently launched a campaign on Indiegogo in effort to fund a queer women of color video-on-demand channel in collaboration with BuskFilms.com. BuskFilms is a video-on-demand site showcasing the best in independent queer film with categories including action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, and Sci-Fi/fantasy. If the Sistah Sinema Indiegogo campaign successfully raises $5,000 by January 1, 2013, a Sistah Sinema Online channel will be created on BuskFilms.com.

FOLLOW SISTAH SINEMA on Facebook, Twitter and SistahSinema.com.

ABOUT NEGATIVE SPACE GALLERY AND STUDIO
Negative Space Gallery and Studio serves as the gallery-studio for acclaimed artist, Gadi Zamir, whose work will be open for public viewing on December 8 along with works by other local artists. Zamir’s collection on recycled wood illustrates topics such as war, hunger, troubled economy, domestic violence and many other human and world issues. His work emphasizes that in the midst of misfortune there is a world of beauty and hope.

Sistah Sinema Cleveland is sponsored by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

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