Sonali Gulati / USA, India / 2011 / 71 min / Hindi, English with English subtitles / color / digital


Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Audience Award and Best Documentary Film, Asian Film Festival of Dallas

I AM is a bold, fascinating exploration of the lives of South Asians living inside and outside of India, whose identities are complicated by sexuality. This documentary invites us into the hearts and minds of people whose struggle for social, cultural, and political acceptance for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals evokes the question “who are you?”

Director Sonali Gulati presents multiple faces on this question through stories, such as the tale of two lesbians who were forcibly wrenched apart by one woman’s furious family which cannot accept their love. Similarly, we can also marvel at the bravery of a prince, who openly proclaims his homosexuality and risks losing his throne rather than hide who he is. However, Gulati does not shy away from showing us multiple and differing points of view, such as the dubious clinics that specialize in medicine that will “cure” homosexuality.

Hauntingly framed by Gulati’s own regret that she never came out to her mother before her mother’s death, this film beautifully portrays the identity struggles of South Asian LGBT people, and the political efforts to overturn punitive colonial laws against homosexuality in India. Throughout this film, we learn how to answer the question “who are you?” with the answer I AM. –Wendy Yamamoto

Co-sponsored by: PFLAG, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News Women's International Center


  • Director: Sonali Gulati
  • Cinematographer: Sonali Gulati
  • Writer: Sonali Gulati
  • Editor: Anupama Chandra


October 22, 2011 5:10 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas