Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan, and theatre director and TV actor, Manish Gandhi, have been selected by a worldwide nomination to be part of British Council’s first Global List of 33 inspiring people who are changing social perceptions about LGBTQ communities throughout the world.
This incredible collection of 22 men and 11 women from 23 countries features people who are challenging laws and beliefs every day, using culture to create safe spaces and inclusive visions of their societies and connecting with people around the world.
Rangayan’s recent films are creating awareness about Indian LGBTQ community in mainstream platforms. His film Purple Skies was telecast on Doordarshan, his latest film ‘Breaking Free’ has been selected to be part of the Indian Panorama 2015.
Manish Gandhi directed and played in Theatre’s COCK – The Play. Cock, written by British playwright Mike Bartlett, rips apart the proverbial curtain that covers the sex closet.
The 33 LGBT cultural influencers who are part of the fiveFilms4freedom Global List were shortlisted from numerous nominations that were received in response to the global public campaign aimed to find people who are using culture to promote freedom and equality, who are provoking debate, and who are sometimes risking their lives to promote the rights of LGBTQ people in their communities, societies and countries.