Filmmaker and gay activist Sridhar Rangayan embarks on a personal journey to expose the human rights violations faced by the LGBTQ community in India due to a draconian law Section 377 and homophobic social mores of a patriarchal society.
The gritty documentary BREAKING FREE, shot over 7 years, features searing testimonies of gay and transgender persons who have been victimized or exploited, as well as wide-ranging interviews with advocates and activists across India. See-sawing between despair and joy, anguish and hope, the film is an emotional roller-coaster journey of the Indian LGBTQ movement - from invisibility to empowerment.
The film has screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide and won the National Film Award for Best Editing in India and Barbara Gittings International Human Rights Award at qFLIX Philadelphia.
Directed by Sridhar Rangayan
English, 82 minutes, 2015, India