|Director: Neha Gautam|
United States, 2014, 20min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDV (shooting)
Festival Year: 2015
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Even with the increased visibility of LGBTQ+ struggles and individuals, many public spaces remain inherently unsafe for Queer People of Color (QPOC). For many people who experience oppression at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, recent gains in legal rights do little to ensure that they are safe in the public sphere. The creation and maintenance of separate and private spaces for LGBTQ+ identified people is often a necessary tactic for survival. Chosen Family, highlights the story of 5 women identified people of color who create an intentional safe space in an attempt to foster community and build their 'Chosen Family'.
Neha Gautam is an educator, film-maker, and community organizer. Neha was born in India and lived in both Ethiopia and Alaska before moving to New York City at the age of 12. She earned a dual BA in History and International Studies at the City College of New York (CUNY). She began pursuing photography and video in 2006 at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Neha has over 12 years of community organizing experience. She is a documentarian who enjoys bringing visibility to the South Asian diaspora as well as the social movements in and around Queens, New York. She believes that media is a powerful tool for creating social change and giving voice to communities living marginally and in exile. Neha is passionate about food justice and creating healthy communities. When she is not documenting behind the camera, she loves dancing to house and hip-hop music.