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Russian and Indian guests join us for Flare LGBT Film Festival

March 2014 | BFI Southbank, London

We’re delighted to be working with BFI Flare, London’s LGBT Film Festival, which runs for 10 days from Thursday 10 March, at venues across London.

We’ll be helping the Festival to bring two key guests into London: Indian based queer and feminist artist Tejal Shah, and Manny de Guerre, founder of the Side by Side/Bok o Bok Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tejal will be presenting The Stinging Kiss, a survey of her moving image work that confronts, often in explicit detail, sex, sexuality, gender, the body, nature and the intersections between art, ecology and healing.  Tejal’s  work has been shown all over the world, including at the Centre Pompidou, the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery. We’re delighted that Tejal will be here for the duration of the festival to introduce her screening, open an installation of her work in the BFI and take part in an artist talk.

Manny de Guerre will be taking part in a round table discussion about the state of LGBT rights around the world, led by BFI Flare programmers.  As founder of  Russia’s Side by Side/Bok o Bok Film Festival, Manny has carried out extensive research in Russia concerning the importance of the arts and culture in terms of its social, political and psychological significance. Other contributors to the event will include filmmakers from festival films The Abominable Crime and Veil of Silence, members of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group, and local and international activists.

You can find out more about the Festival at

And you can come and meet our guests during the Festival at the following events:

The Stinging Kiss - The Moving Image Works of Tejal Shah
27 March, 20:30, NFT3, BFI Southbank, London

The Abominable Laws - Homophobia around the globe
30 March, 16:20, BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank, London