I am: Organize A Screening
WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?
I hope that we can spark discussion and activism on South Asian LGBTQ issues. That being my primary goal as a filmmaker, I understand that different hosts will have different goals in screening the film. For some hosts the aim will be to open a dialogue within their communities, maybe between parents and children, and for others, to press for more inclusion in a school or university or at work; for others it will be a call to reach out personally to individual queer people and their families; and for some it will motivate a deeper interest in learning about South Asian LGBTQ issues.
WHO DO I INVITE?
Invite whoever you want to invite…you are after all organizing this event.
If you want to open up discussion, invite people whose opinions you are interested in and that you value. If you are aiming to make change on an issue in the community, then invite community members who you think might benefit from having a discussion on the subject of gender and sexuality. Please make sure to invite people at least two weeks in advance, followed by reminders a couple of days before.
HOW DO I GET THE FILM?
The film can be ordered online.
Please note that process for home screening parties differ from those for organizational /institutional screenings. For details, please see the links above.
Please allow for 2 weeks of delivery time for the DVD, even though you will most likely receive the DVD sooner.
HOW DO I PLAN THE SCREENING PARTY?
Please test out the film beforehand, to make sure that it can be viewed and the sound can be adequately heard for all parts of the room. If you have invited people you don't know, or the word has gone out more broadly, it's a good idea to have a sign-up sheet so you know how many people attended and you are able to follow up with them in the future. If you have food, make sure it's in a place where everyone can reach it, if possible.
Decide how you want the timing of your event to run, in order to allow for enough time for watching the film and the discussion. For example, a sample schedule might look like this:
6:30pm– 7:45pm: View the film
7:45-8:30pm: Discussion about the film.
It's a good idea to let your guests know the plans for the evening, so they can plan accordingly. Of course, for some more informal house screenings, an agenda may not be necessary. As well, different formats will dictate different agendas; if you're holding a “lunch and learn” event at an organization, you'll need to have a shorter discussion and only show part of the film, while a potluck dinner event will entail far more time for eating, discussion, and socializing.
HOW DO I RUN THE POST-SCREENING CONVERSATION?
You can decide to let the conversation run itself. However, people who were invited may feel that they need permission to speak. Moreover, while they read your invitation and came, they still may not be clear as to what your aims are or what you expect from them. People may be nervous to begin responding to a film without direction. Even if they don’t say it, they will be thinking....“So, where did you want to take this?” Consequently, you should be prepared to set a stage for them with questions.
The Discussion Guide (can be downloaded here) has questions that can help you generate a conversation. Remember that it is the facilitator’s role to stress that the purpose of the discussion is to search for understanding rather than for agreement or solutions. Given this, people should obviously be both respectful and curious in regard to the different perspectives in the room.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ONCE THE PARTY'S OVER?
Please fill out our evaluation form.
This is very important, as it allows me to gather information to measure our successes and know what I can do in order to improve similar campaigns in the future.
Thank You. I appreciate you opening up your home and community to this film