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Is It Too Much to Ask follows the journey of two friends Smiley and Glady - looking for a rental apartment in Chennai and the obstacles and social stigma they encounter in not just looking for a home but the fact that they are transgender women. We will meet the two women in their everyday dealings with an outmost prejudiced society where there are very few emotionally bright spots with which they can recharge their energy. Their identity render them helpless before the caste ridden, feudal and patriarchal landlords of the city who by denying them their apartments, deny their existence too. But Smiley and Glady turn their anger and frustrations into songs, dance, plays and their work of art continues to supply them the hope to live.
A documentary that follows the story of street artists in Chennai, who face discrimination and social stigma when hunting for an apartment because of the fact that they are transgender women, and also the economic struggles they experience. The small, ordinary wishes of wanting to be in love, and of wanting to live in a good home, are things that are not easily granted to transgender street artists. The two protagonists stand up for themselves through their performance, and scathingly criticize the closed society; which demands so much from them but never guarantees them an even minimally humane life. (BAE Ju-yeon)
Leena MANIMEKALAILeena MANIMEKALAI
Leena MANIMEKALAI is a filmmaker committed to social justice. Her debut fiction The Deadsea won her NAWFF Award and also was recognized with prestigious Indian Panorama selections after the initial ban by CBFC that got cleared through several months of legal battle. She has published five poetry collections and is producing her non-fiction feature I will not keep quiet that traces the lives and struggles of rape survivors across the Indian subcontinent.