Teesri Dhun: Examining Khwaja Sara, Hijra and Transgender Struggle for Rights in Pakistan

October 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Room 519
Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Keele Campus

Room 519, 5th Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University
12 – 2 pm, 31 October 2017

Join us for a screening of the documentary theatre production Teesri Dhun (Third Tune) which draws upon a SSHRC funded research project by Shahnaz Khan (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Claire Pamment (William and Mary). The play was directed by Pamment and Iram Sana (Olompolo Theatre).

Teesri Dhun is a dramatic enactment of transgender lives with powerful performances integrating music, dance and storytelling. It includes unfolding narratives of history, separation, love, desire, celebration and loss as the characters struggle to find a third space in a polarized gendered society. Working with the khawaja sara community, the theatre piece is based on their performance practices and highlights their history, criminalization and contemporary struggles.

• Introductory comments by Shahnaz Khan (Wilfrid Laurier University)
• Screening of Teesri Dhun
• Discussant comments by Nadia Z. Hasan and Anindo Hazra (York Centre for Asian Research)
• Q & A

All are welcome.

The event venue is accessible. Gender neutral washrooms are available.

This event is sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research.
For more information visit www.yorku.ca/ycar.


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