Sonali Gulati, an associate professor of photography and film at Virginia Commonwealth University, has received a grant to complete her next film.
Gulati is most notably recognized for her 2011 documentary “I Am,” in which the filmmaker explores the social status of gay women in India, and depicts the difficulty of “coming out” to traditional Indian parents. Gulati is currently in a committed relationship with a fellow Indian American woman, while raising their sixth month old son. Thus, receiving the 2012 Creative Capital Grant to fund her next project occurred at an ideal time.
The U.S. award is worth up to 50,000 dollars in direct project funding and 40,000 dollars in advisory services per project. Her film was among 46 projects chosen from a field of 3,247 submissions. The movie will be called “Indian Patient,” where a doctor offers Gulati a liquid potion he concocts to cure homosexuality, and must be taken daily for 90 days at a mere cost of $1.50 a day. In India, the underground market for these practices is flourishing.
“There is a whole medical industry around this, and lots of people who are making tons of money,” Gulati told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Rachel Williams is a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a calling to be a voice to the voiceless; and passion is to bring gender equality and ethnic justice to the forefront of RVA.
Born in New Delhi, India, Sonali Gulati faced struggles few American LGBTQ folks have faced. But these challenges have only inspired the independent filmmaker. A self-described feminist and grassroots activist, Gulati earned an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. She’s made [...]