Conversations About Consent & Rejection
Curated by: PLD & POV & G5A
After a very successful launch of their video series (made in collaboration with Co:Motion) in New Delhi, Partners for Law in Development is coming to Mumbai on 27th August, 2018 to hold a dialogue around the themes of consent and rejection, using their much-appreciated video series on "Conversations about Unboxing Consent and Handling Rejection", in collaboration with Point of View, Mumbai.
Entry free and open to all. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Madhu Mehra (Partners for Law in Development), Sumit Pawar (QKnit), Micky Bhatia (Psychoanalytic Therapy and Research Center) and Harnidh Kaur (Policy analyst and poet) in conversation with Bishakha Datta (Point of View)
About the Program:
In the course of helping organisations implement the sexual harassment at workplace law, PLD encountered several cases as well as questions conveying confusions in navigating the line between friendships and intimacy between peers – is it okay if I compliment her? Will he misunderstand if I ask him out? Do four coffee dates count as a relationship? Do her late-night texts imply sexual interest? What signals one might read as consent is not clear – with genuine fears that being verbal will spoil the organic flow of chemistry between people.
Another distinct pattern relates to the fallout of rejection. If there's only one true love, how do I survive this? How could he leave me for someone else? How dare she dump me?! I'm no good…no wonder he left me! These are some thoughts that turn feelings of hurt into loss of self-esteem, revenge or self-harm.
Routine confusions and fears around romance, love and desire - fed by popular culture and peer pressure – often find no space in media debates which are primarily focused on cases of predatory harassment and violence. Yet, it’s precisely these issues that help navigate attraction and relationships.
To initiate conversations around these issues, PLD has produced a video-series in collaboration with Co:Motion. Speaking to the themes of consent and rejection, these videos are an attempt to encourage critical, self-aware expressions of intimacy. Based on stories re-constructed from real cases, this series seeks to go beyond crime and punishment to explore and encourage transformatory approaches to popular attitudes and assumptions about sexuality.
About the artist
Written by Neel Chaudhury
Performed by Jaya Sharma, Anannya Tripathyi, Sheeba Shaik, Kshitij Mervin, Piyush Kumar, Ankit Pandey, Preeti Agarwal Mehta, Devika Rajpal, Ritu Ahuja, Pranjal Vaid, Pranshu Shrimali
Additional Camera by Anurag Dasgupta
Teaser film by Ansh Ranvir Vohra
Produced and Directed by Co:Motion
The Black Box
We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
No Late Entries will be allowed
Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers