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The Epistemology of the Ethnic Closet: Interracial Intimacy and Unconditional Love in Ian Iqbal Rashid’s A Touch of Pink

  • Gilad Padva
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Abstract

This chapter, inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s groundbreaking queer essay “The Epistemology of the Closet” (1990), focuses on Ian Iqbal Rashid’s film A Touch of Pink (UK/Canada 2004), a romantic drama about a young gay Indo-Canadian of Ismaili origins who lives in London with his white British boyfriend. The film problematizes the Western conceptualization of coming out and queerly revises white and ethnic perceptions of interracial intimacy as well. In its cinematic inquiry into the particularities of the epistemology of the ethnic closet faced by ethnic gay men, Rashid’s film politicizes the notion of unconditional love in order to develop a new, inclusive point of view on ethnic gay men’s negotiating of their sexual identification and their emancipation inside and outside their families and communities. Notably, this film embraces the Indian family’s willingness to open its heart to its gay son, proving that love is unconditional. A Touch of Pink’s somewhat utopian ending shows the viewers that greater acceptance of sexual minorities within Alim’s community is possible.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilad Padva
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  1. 1.Beit Berl CollegeBeit BerlIsrael

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