SOUTH ASIAN DRAG AND FILM NIGHT

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE, 1219 VINE STREET, 3RD FLOOR
9 pm || 8:30 pm doors || $10

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DRAG PERFORMERS

HOSTED BY:

VIJAYA WHISKEY

VIJAYA WHISKEY is a Bengali genderqueer queero. They are also the events manager for QUNIFY an LGBTQ organization in Philly. They are the one and only host of Mustard Seed Film Festival’s Drag and Film Night.

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KAMANI SUTRA

A South Asian, bearded, gender-queer, non-binary drag artist based in the DMV area. KaMani is an extension of Mani Soma who started performing in May 2018. Their acts are geared towards breaking the patriarchy, and shining a light on how South Asian women are marginalized in sex.

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KITTY SKITTLEPUMP

There was once a beautiful woman named Kathleen Pumps. She was so kind and sweet because she ate a lot of Skittles. One fateful day, she pet a stray cat that...bit her. But it didn't stop biting her. It unhinged it's jaws and swallowed her whole. It was like a Venom situation. Now the beast known as Kitty Skittlepump haunts this very bar. Moaning. Limping. Meowing. For more people to swallow. Xoxo

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SULTANA BAZAAR

She’s a new drag kitten on the scene. She has performed in non South Asian settings before, but this is her first ever South Asian drag event. Born this year out of Mustard Seed's tenets of love, joy and possibility, Sultana explores gender archetypes through dance, movement and form.


FILMS

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RANI

Drama | Pakistan, United States | Urdu | 2018 | Hammad Rizvi | 14 min

a powerful voice . . . breath of fresh air.
— OUT MAGAZINE
an immersive, raw feel . . . sophisticated and gorgeous
— STARRY CONSTELLATION MAGAZINE
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GUY NEXT DOOR

Romantic Thriller | India | English | 2015 | Pradipta Ray | 10 min

I was born in a family where my being a male child who wore make-up was not a problem. Not doing homework and being careless about studies were the things I was scolded for. My father, unlike most other patriarchs in Indian families, was hardly bothered. He was okay with my leading the life I wanted.
— Pradipta Ray, THE HINDU
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PAHICHAN

Documentary Short | Nepal | Nepali | 2018 | Yajaswi Rai | 7 min

  • Semi Finalist GENERIcamente UMANI 2019

  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • Out & Loud - Pune International Queer Film Festival 2019

  • Kashish Film Festival Mumbai

  • CREA reconference

  • REINCARNATE Art and Film Festival

Mustard Seed Film Festival is the first South Asian film festival to screen first-time Nepali director Yajaswi Rai’s, Pahichan.