A movie called Common Gender about a love affair between a transgender person and a Hindu boy has become an indie hit in Bangladesh after a small release in only six theaters. Encouraged by this early success, the film's distributor Emanul Karim plans to extend its release nationwide and push cinema owners to extend its run in their theaters.
First-time director Noman Robin accidentally walked into a shockingly violent scene that propelled him into the movie making spotlight in his native Bangladesh -- and around the world. Robin was at a mall as a hijra or transgender female was thrown first out of the men's room and then the ladies' room. As customers began screaming, security guards dragged her to the street and began beating her. "What are you doing here?" shouted the guards. "I'm human! I need to go to the toilet," she replied.
In a country where homosexuality is taboo and where many Indonesians still refuse to acknowledge gay people, the situation is extremely difficult for LGBTs. It is especially challenging for an organization such as Violet Grey to operate in Aceh, which is allowed to implement partial Shariah law. >>>