Theatre Professor Betty Bernhard's New Documentary "Out! Loud!" Receiving Strong Press in India
The documentary Out! Loud!, produced and directed by Professor of Theatre Betty Bernhard, is receiving great press in India, including an interview with Bernhard in a special issue of the magazine Femina, published by The Times of India to celebrate International Women's Day. Bernhard, featured in a two-page spread, was the only non-Indian woman included in the special issue.
Bernhard describes her film as "a documentary that draws parallels between ancient and sacred Indian stories, such as the Puranas and the Mahabharata, wherein representations of homosexuality, bi-sexuality, lesbianism, transgender and trans-sexual activity are clearly described. It shows the parallels to the lives of contemporary young LGBT persons in Pune, India, as they devise a play He She It. The film is comprised of interviews of the actors, clips from rehearsals and final production." Bernhard also produced He She It, which is an original work devised by the theater company and based on the true stories of the actors. Both the documentary and the play were supported with funding from Pomona College and the Claremont School of Theology.
Bernhard is submitting the documentary, Out! Loud! which is in Marathi and English, to a number of film festivals. She plans to show it on the Pomona College campus soon. Other press mentions of the play and documentary include in The Times of India and The Indian Express.
Bernhard has long worked on projects in India, including directing three plays and producing four documentaries on folk, classical and political Indian theatre. She has directed two classical Sanskrit plays at Pomona College, as well as other politically minded plays like Kindertransport, The Threepenny Opera, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and A Piece of My Heart. Many of her classes, such as Theatre for Social Change offered this coming fall, explore political theater.