Filmi 21! Virtual Edition
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!
December 27th, 2020
21st Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian film festival
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Besharam ( bay.shar.um ) in South Asian languages means Shameless and it is used in a
negative way to describe someone who acts indecently by the way they dress, speak or
behave. That all changed 10 years ago when a group organized the biggest South Asian LGBT
party night in North America called Besharam. People from all backgrounds, ages and sexual
orientations come and express their true selves without worrying about being judged. The
connecting element for the party goers is Bollywood music. Besharam has become synonymous
with freedom of identity for South Asians living in Toronto, as it influences their lives greatly.
Director Pooja Joshi
Pooja graduated in Film and Communication in dual degree
program from York University and is currently finishing
Broadcast Television from Humber College. She has
professionally trained in Film Direction, OnCamera Acting
and Dramaturgy. She is a dedicated student of Film and
Television and a keenlyobservant student of life.
She staged plays as a playwright and an actor in Toronto
and Mumbai respectively.
Pooja is a natural performer intent on mastering her roles.
She played the lead in an Indo Canadian film which travelled
to various film festivals in North America including South
Asian International Film Festival in New York.
Her vast educational background gives her deep insight into
different aspects of Film and Broadcast TV from a television
control room to acting on camera or multiple camera
operation to audio and video editing, Pooja is comfortable in the creative as well as the technical