8 - 17 August 2019

Roobha

English/Tamil
Australian Premiere
Sunday, August 11, 09.00 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Roobha, a young South Asian transwoman, struggles with the issue of gender identity, and is apprehensive that her conservative family will not understand her. Finally, she gathers courage to confront them, and is promptly ostracized. Unable to make a decent living, she walks the streets of Toronto. Shortly, she musters up a clientele. One night, she is assaulted by a homophobic group. She recovers with the help of her transgender friends. A few weeks later, while dancing at a pub she is harassed by some men. The pub owner, Anthony, comes to her rescue, and throws the thugs out. Anthony and Roobha are inexplicably drawn towards each other, and a rapturous romance ensues. However, Anthony's familial affiliation, failing health, and final death throws Roobha into a conundrum once again.
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Festivals and Awards
  • Official Selection - Whistler Film Festival 2018
  • Official Selection - World Film Festival 2018
  • Official Selection - Cambridge Film Festival
  • 49th International Film Festival of India and Goa
  • Windsor Indian Film Festival 2018
Director
  • Lenin Sivam
Cast
  • Amrit Sandhu, Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Thenuka Kantharajah, Sornalingam Vyramuthu, Bhavani Somasundaram, Cassandra James, Daniel Bertolini, Tharshiny Varapragasam
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