In the opening pages of the Canadian novel Funny Boy , a young Sri Lankan boy named Arjie refuses to play cricket with the boys as his father insists. He'd rather bedazzle in bridal reds and join the girls' make-believe wedding. Novelist Shyam Selvadurai 's gay coming of age novel became a critical and commercial sensation in Canada when it was first published, enduring as a pioneering story of queerness, politics, and South Asian history. As the new film adaptation opens with the sound of the ocean — establishing the lush seafront tropical landscape of Sri Lanka — a group of girls run across the screen, with Arjie's veil billowing in the wind, gender non-conforming and proudly leading the way. Funny Boy is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta , who has previously explored what it means to be an outsider in South Asian culture in a trilogy of acclaimed and controversial historical dramas: Fire , Earth and Water. Like author Shyam Selvadurai, Mehta is also an immigrant to Canada and she says it was Selvadurai's interwoven narrative of being both a migrant and a queer outsider in his own culture that made it such a powerfully layered story of selfhood.
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Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. The exams, which include forced anal examinations and a forced vaginal examination, are a form of sexual violence as well as cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that can rise to torture. In all cases prosecutors submitted reports of anal exams in court as evidence of past anal penetration. He said the accused alleged having been subjected to other abuses, including being whipped with wires.
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December 16, PM. It's being distributed by Ava DuVernay's company and premieres on Netflix. It's based on the novel by Shyam Selvadurai. Canada's entry in this year's Oscars is a gay coming-of-age story set during the Sri Lankan civil war. It's called "Funny Boy," and it's the second time Indian-born director Deepa Mehta has represented her adopted country at the Oscars.
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