Imposed under the British colonial rule in 1860, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalized any sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex, stigmatizing them as “against the order of nature”. On 2nd July 2009 the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment repealing this clause, thus fulfilling the most basic demand of the Indian LGBTQ community, which had been fighting this law for the past 10 years.
The film documents the diverse lives of three members of Mumbai's LGBT community, Beena, Pallav and Abheena, who travel through the city heading to the celebrations for the first anniversary of the historic verdict.
Through the personal stories and struggles of the three protagonists the film explores the reality of living a queer identity in today’s India, between traditions and changes.
‘365 without 377’ is the story of their journey towards freedom.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
A graduate of South Asian Studies at Cambridge University (MPhil), Adele Tulli has focused her research on social movements in contemporary India. She has done extensive fieldwork in India, working on Indian feminisms and Indian ecological resistance movements. She has also worked in India with several women’s NGOs, on projects addressing women’s empowerment, violence against women, and LBT persons’ rights.
Queer and gender studies have been a central part of her academic research and she is actively involved in queer and feminist politics.
365 without 377 is her first documentary.