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If You Dare Desire ...

India, Bengali, 52 mins

  • Director: Debalina Majumder
  • Writer: Susmita Sinha
  • Producer: Sappho for Equality; Samar Roy

CGiii Comment

February, 2011. In a small village of West Bengal - Swapna and Shucheta - two young women in love with each other - took their own lives, leaving a letter claiming love, life, recognition... a letter challenging violence, hate, invisibilisation. No one from their families came to claim their dead bodies. They died as they dared to love. Their bodies remained unclaimed by family and society. What if they were not dead but alive today? Like many other couples, Aparna-Kajlee from Bongaaon, Moyna-Bandana from Purulia... They died for love but still live among us. What if Swapna and Shucheta ran away and survived? How would their life together look like and their desire?

If you dare Desire, is a film of possibilities. Beyond the domination of patriarchy and hetero-normativity, the women in love resist with their bodies, with their hearts. They live many lives. They die many deaths. They resist and they dream. In the daily struggles of a far-away village.


Cast & Characters

Manisha Adak as Rimjhim;
Soma Sarkar as Nafisa;
Farha Khatun as Swapna;
Amit Saha as Bikash;
Goutam Mukhopadhyay as Naren;
Gautam Mukherjee as Naren;
Manisha Bilkish as Sucheta;
Kaushik Roy as Man with the Keyboard

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