Is It Too Much To Ask (India)
Director: Leena Manimekalai
30 Min / English/ Tamil / Documentary, Humanities / Colour / 2016
"Is It Too Much To Ask" follows the journey of two friends - Smile and Glady - looking to rent an apartment in Chennai, India and the obstacles and social stigmas they encounter in looking for a home, and in being single, transgender women. In addition to the search for a house, audiences encounter the two women in their day to day confrontations with a prejudiced society, where very few emotionally bright spots remain for Smile and Glady to recharge their energy. Their identity render them helpless before the caste ridden, feudal and patriarchal landlords of the city who by denying them their apartments, deny their existence too. But Smile and Glady face every day as it comes with grace, humour and undying positivity. They turn their anger and frustrations into songs, dance, plays and their works of art continue to supply them with hope and the will to live.