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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Title: Becoming Leela
Premiere: Toronto Premiere | Country: Canada | Year: 2018 | Runtime: 11
Becoming Leela is a coming of age story of a closeted yet feisty teenager, Leela, living with her high-handed all knowing mother who wants her daughter to fit herself into social gender expectations. Rejecting all of her mother’s opinions, Leela looks forward to leaving her home in Delhi to go to university in the west with her secret girlfriend where she could be free of all that limits her. Things don’t work out according to Leela’s plan, yet finds herself in Toronto on her own with a chance at a new life. In her new world she is confronted with the losses she has had to bear to get a chance at a different life. In her quest for freedom, she finds a new connection to her mother and a home in herself.
Director Biography – AJ
AJ is a queer brown immigrant & third culture kid. They have often been drawn to exploring themes about survival, revival, healing, journeys, and home.
AJ is an avid fiction reader and TV watcher. Their taste ranges from Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death to Gossip Girl. They love dancing, fashion and dreaming about beaches.