The Queer Word ’round Town

Nisha Adhikari (Kiran) and Deeya Maskey (Diya) in Soongava.

Nisha Adhikari (Kiran) and Deeya Maskey (Diya) in Soongava.

The lesbian film Soongava: Dance of the Orchids is being submitted by Nepal as their contender for next year’s foreign-language Oscar category according to Variety.

‘Soongava’ tells the tale of independent and strong-willed Diya, a Nepalese dancer. She develops a close relationship with fellow dance pupil, Kiran. Distraught at the news that her parents have found a suitor for her to marry, Diya and Kiran deepen their relationship and become lovers. Breaking off her engagement Diya risks everything to be with Kiran. Continue reading

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Orange is the New Black; Represents for Queer Women

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Orange is the New Black

The reviews about Netflix’s Orange is the New Black is unbelievable. The hashtags are flying, the new created Facebook pages are building, the forums, Tumblr blogs are being created about lead characters Piper and Alex are growing.

The book of the same name was written by Piper Chapman and is an autobiographical account of her younger self as she served a fifteen-month sentence at a low-level correctional facility. She pled guilty to criminal conspiracy for smuggling money ten years earlier for her ex-girlfriend, who was part of an international drug ring. Continue reading

The New Stylized World of Lesbian Tv

We are most excited about the addition of two new television series from Canada and Australian. Both with lesbian and queer characters and relationships in its fold and fortunately both have  followed the new trend of not including these themes as just a sweepstakes ploy or male catching gimmick.

pictureFirstly the highly successful Canadian-made, BBC America produced drama, Orphan Black, a sci-fi TV series co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. This suspenseful, sexy thriller features Tatiana Maslany in the lead role of Sarah Manning, an outsider and orphan. After witnessing a traumatic incident she assumes the identity of a look-a-like, Elizabeth Childs, and is thrown head first into a dangerous and mind-numbing mystery wrapped around the fact that she is a clone.

It has been highly lauded by the critics as well as fans especially for its main protagonist and her powerful and believable portrayal of so many contrasting characters. One of these characters is a biologist, Cosima Niehaus. Continue reading