|(k) SAATHII Calcutta teamed up with Heroes Project, Mumbai and West Bengal State AIDS Prevention & Control Society, Calcutta to observe the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day 2005 at Gorky Sadan, Calcutta on May 14, 2005. The highlight of the day was the screening of “My Brother Nikhil”, a truly morale boosting film for the Indian HIV/AIDS and LGBT movements. The screening was preceded by an emotionally charged candlelight ceremony and a positive speaking session by people living with HIV. After the screening, the 250-strong audience had a heart-to-heart interaction with members of the film crew on the making of the film and issues highlighted in it.
In the picture (from left to right) taken after the interaction: Tirthankar Guha Thakurta, Arunabha Hazra (SAATHII Calcutta volunteers), Jahangir Khan, Subhajit Pakira (SAATHII Calcutta staff), Sanjay Suri (who played Nikhil and co-produced the film), Purab Kohli (who played Nigel, Nikhil's lover), Onir (the film director and co-producer), Lillette Dubey (in Nikhil's mother's role) and Amitava Sarkar (SAATHII Calcutta staff). Picture: Pawan Dhall.
A short report on the event and more pictures can be seen at the Heroes Project website at http://www.heroesprojectindia.org/ads_events_shows/ev_mbnmk.htm.
Copies of the film “My Brother Nikhil” are available for viewing at our reference library.