Digital Asia: Autoethnography #3 Cake (2018. Pakistan)


So this week the screening was about Asim Abbasi‘s ‘Cake’, a drama, mystery from Pakistan.

So the political climate for the LGBTIQ+ community in Pakistan is a mixed bag, on the one hand they recognise the third gender; as it is traditionally called Khawaja Sira or Hijra, which is different to western ideas of Transgender, and is considered a normal and accepted form of identity for those that were born and assigned male; but does not formally recognise those who were born and assigned female, and until recently (around 2018 around the same time as this movie) meant the sacrifice of a lot of social rights in regards to voting, and inheritance of property.

This appears to be mostly from…

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