Intimacy, Love, and Sexuality in Pakistan: Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
Saeed Saigol Auditorium

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative is pleased to present a screening of the documentary Chuppan Chupai, followed by a discussion with director, Saadat Munir, and other critical activists and commentators.

Date: April 13, 2016

Time: 7 PM

Location: Saeed Saigol Auditorium


About the Film

Chuppan Chupai is a 2013 Danish human rights documentary about the queer community in Pakistan. The film shows the secret, yet open lives of a group of Pakistani sexual minorities, raising questions about transgender activism, religion, underground gay life, social acceptance and collective familial customs of transgenders in urban Pakistan.

The film follows Neeli Rana: a transgender activist, whose courage and persistence made the apex court of Pakistan to grant basic civil rights in favor of “the third gender.” Kami: a fearless and flamboyant boy, who dares to speak about his out gay life criticizing those who live with a secret. Waseem: a veteran dancing boy, who struggles with his sexuality and chooses to denounce it due to familial pressure and Jenny: a transgendered and a recently castrated college student who bitterly regrets her transition.



Dr. Thomas Gugler (Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Muenster)

Qasim Iqbal (Executive Director, Naz Pakistan)

Leyla Jagiella (Activist and Anthropologist, Bayreuth University)

Saadat Munir (Director, Chuppan Chupai)

Neeli Rana (Activist featured in Chuppan Chupai)