Queerious: Fire

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmQueerious: Fire

Showing: 22 July 2022

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Fri 22 Jul 2022

Certificate15
Year1996
GenreDrama, Romance
DirectorDeepa Mehta
WritersDeepa Mehta
LanguageEnglish, Hindi
CountryCanada, India
Running Time1HR 48MINS
SeasonQueerious

Sita and Radha are two young women abandoned by their husbands, who find intimacy and passion in each other in this erotic romantic drama from director Deepa Mehta. Part of Birds Eye View’s Queerious programme.

The first of Deepa Mehta’s celebrated ‘Elements’ trilogy, Fire was the first mainstream Bollywood film to explicitly depict homosexual relations in a culture adamantly denying such a love could ever exist and was banned in India as a result.

Fire is loosely based on "Lihaaf" ("The Quilt") written by Ismat Chughta who famously refused to apologise when her short story found itself the subject of an obscenity trial in India following its publication in 1942.

Reclaim the Frame brings a broader perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers. Run by Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in film by fostering a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.

To learn more, become an Advocate and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission to receive free cinema tickets and discount codes go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF. Supported by BFI’s Audience Fund.

Queerious is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.

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