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Thai Transgender Director Tanwarin Sukkhapisit. Photo: Lekha J Shankar
Director with a difference

in INDIA, 12/08/2012

Transgender filmmaker Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, whose film was screened at the Osian Cinefan Festival in New Delhi, talks about the gender issue, her life and work.

One of the much-talked about films at the Osian Cinefan Festival (July 27 to August 5) in New Delhi, is by a transgender filmmaker from Thailand, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit. She is also one of the most talked-about artists in the Thai film industry today.

Tanwarin’s film, ‘It Gets Better’ (screened on July 28 in New Delhi) has won appreciation at festivals in Cape Town (South Africa) and Udine (Italy), and will soon go to festivals in Hawaii, Copenhagen and Sao Paulo.

The significant fact for the director is that the film won the Audience Award when it premiered at an important film festival in the Thai beach-town of Huahin. “I was crying so much on stage !” said Tanwarin, during an interview in Bangkok recently and prior to her trip to India for the Osian Cinefan Festival.

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