Cinema Thali

Cinema Thali film festival will return to Parramasala in 2017! Join us for a celebration of South Asian cinema at Cinema Thali in Lennox Theatre, 11 and 12 March.  The festival showcases films from around the world and is not to be missed! Cinema Thali is presented by SBS. Read more for films and times

12-2pm - Jagat (Malaysian - Tamil, Malay, Mandarin and English)

Set in the early 1990’s, Jagat follows Appoy, a spirited boy who would rather watch gangster flicks and make prank calls than memorise his multiplication tables. Desperately trying to keep his son on the right path, Appoy’s hard-working father becomes increasingly abusive, as the boy is inexorably drawn to the criminal lifestyle of his uncle, a henchman for a local gang.


2-4pm - CRD (India - Hindi, English and French)

A young Dramatist rebels against his fascist Tutor to form his troop of misfits - aiming to win a prestigious theatre competition and trying to find the hardest thing of all: his voice. Inspired by real life event 'Purushottam' in Pune, India.


4-6pm - Ho Gana Pokuna (Sri Lanka - Sinhalese, English)

One day, a new teacher, Uma, arrives at a primary school in a remote little village in Sri Lanka. With Uma's help, her little pupils learn not to be afraid of dreaming big.


6pm - 8pm - A selection of films (See below for information)

Parramasala presents in collaboration with KASHISH Mumbai International Film Festival and Aks International Minorities Festival a selection of films highlighting the lives of transgender people from Pakistan and India.

NORMALCY Director: V. Ramanathan
16 mins / 2015 / Tamil with English subtitles

This documentary follows the day-to-day life of a transgender person as a student and homemaker, in Tamil Nadu in India. She is a graduate student and is married, and she recites her story as she attends to daily chores. 

THAT’S MY BOY Director: Akhil Satyan
2015 / 24 min / Malayalam, Kannada with English subtitles

‘That’s My Boy’ takes us through the life of Sonu, who was born a girl but he always knew that his physical body and mental identity were at odds with each other.

HIDE AND SEEK Directors: S. Munir and S Khan
1 hour 7 mins/2015/Urdu with English subtitles

A group of Pakistani sexual minorities, raise questions about transgender activism, religion, underground gay life, social acceptance and collective familial customs of transgender women in urban Pakistan.