Poshida: short film explores secret gay life in Pakistan

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The trailer of Poshida, a short film exploring secret gay life in Pakistan, has been making rounds on the internet. It proclaims to uncover the faces of society considered taboo by the most while many still claim these things don’t exist in the Islamic republic.

While the full short film doesn’t seem to be available online, the trailer is definitely intriguing and sparks curiosity among the viewers. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think about it?

The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) lifestyles are considered forbidden by both the Islamic religion and country’s law. This is the main reason the issues concerning the sexual orientation and sexuality and shoved under the carpet and are still considered taboo.

There have been some mentions of the said people on Pakistani media, mostly in light mood and humourous way but rarely anyone talks about it on national TVs.

Not necessarily adapting to the Western terms, Pakistan recognises transgender persons as the ‘third gender’ following the historic 2009 ruling of the Supreme Court. After which, people belonging to the ‘third gender’ are entitled to the ID cards and other social benefits but they are still not largely accepted as people who do anything other than begging or dancing on streets.

There have been some takes on the LGBT issues in Pakistan by the Western media and this documentary is another one in the series. Earlier, there was one by BBC filmmaker, How Gay is Pakistan but it sparked controversy online.

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