Turning Opposition into Strength – Queer Indian Filmmaker Sonali Gulati Embraces the Struggle

Published: March 19, 2014

Born in New Delhi, India, Sonali Gulati faced struggles few American LGBTQ folks have faced. But these challenges have only inspired the independent filmmaker.

 
A self-described feminist and grassroots activist, Gulati earned an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College.
 
She’s made several short films which have screened at over three hundred film festivals worldwide and at many notable venues, including the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her most recent documentary,I Am, chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker as she returns years later to India, where being gay is a criminal and punishable offense. It has already won 14 awards and continues to be shown at over a hundred venues and film festivals. Currently Gulati teaches film making at VCU, and continues to create work about the intersectionality of identities and giving a voice to those unheard.
 
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