Engendered Film Salons are a series of screenings & conversations on the changing visual landscape of South Asian intimacies and sexualities in film, media, image & contemporary art. They are accompanied by panels that explore the new visual vocabulary that transform words like home, diaspora, urban and rural into images that reveal and provoke newer ways of seeing and understanding. Conversations span urban & rural studies, sexuality, the body, gender tropes and contradictions, cinema, contemporary art and popular culture, and new perspectives in history.
Engendered is an annual, New York-based transnational arts and human rights festival that brings together the best in contemporary South Asian cinema, visual arts and performance to explore the complex realities of gender and sexuality in modern South Asia, especially at the intersection of ritual and religion. The festival is designed not only to raise awareness, but also act as a fulcrum to enter public dialogue, break silences and impact perceptions around issues of gendered identities, stereotyping, bias and sexual choice and further, how those issues relate to affirmation or violations of human rights, health rights and women's rights.