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Faraz Arif Ansari is an Indian filmmaker known for directing Sisak, India's first silent LGBT film. They also directed Sheer Qorma, India's first-ever film with a nonbinary character.
|Growing up queer in a Muslim household in India is not easy, to say the least. So as a storyteller, I decided to use silence as a tool. Silence makes one connect deeper with oneself. Silence makes you think. Silence isn’t preachy. It makes you uncomfortable to be with, since we live in a world where everyone is trying to be louder than the other to be heard so I decided to go silent. Silence is where most love stories are born and where we find a deeper connection with one another. It is in silence where the biggest decisions are made. What can be more powerful than silence?
|There is a perception that nonbinary is also a binary. Criticism from the queer community also flows in occasionally because a lot of people don’t understand that the very point of being nonbinary is not belonging to a binary.