ESCAPING AGRA will be available for classrooms, libraries, and community screenings in late 2019! Stay tuned!

"Escaping Agra is a must for educators, clinicians and students of all ages. The film touched every one of my students and helped opened up the discussion of intersectionality. The film documents the often unheard experience of a young gender nonconforming person of color It engaged each one of my students to think about their own experiences with gender and family but also opened their view to the world and outside cultures. The film left my students thinking about community support, family and barriers of different cultural views."

-Sabrina Chiu, LMFT

Mental Health Clinician

Alameda High School School Based Health Center

"ESCAPING AGRA is a must for educators, clinicians and students of all ages. The film touched every one of my students and helped opened up the discussion of intersectionality. The film documents the often unheard experience of a young gender nonconforming person of color. It engaged each one of my students to think about their own experiences with gender and family, but also opened their view to the world and outside cultures. The film left my students thinking about community support, family and barriers of different cultural views."

-Sabrina Chiu, LMFT

Mental Health Clinician

Alameda High School School Based Health Center

"The documentary short, ESCAPING AGRA, stands out for its juxtaposition of two families who respond in diametric ways to Naveen Bhat’s revelation that they are gender queer and transmasculine. In the wake of legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States and other nations, the backlash against transgender people has escalated. While India is a nation that only recently decriminalized homosexual sex, the Indian Supreme Court adopted 'third gender' status for people who identify as transgender in 2014. Somusetty’s film frames Bhat’s release from their family’s home in Agra as made possible by this landmark decision.
The challenge of a documentary short is to tell a compelling story with enough detail that it leaves an indelible impact on its audience. Somusetty succeeds on all levels with a film that conjures a range of emotions, leaving its viewers with a better understanding of cisgender privilege. I plan to use Somusetty’s short in sociology of gender and sexualities courses for many years."
—Pamela J. Forman, Executive Director, Eau Queer Film Festival, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Interim Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

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