Fireflies (Assamese title is Jonaki Porua)

Date: 12th November 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

Director: Prakash Deka

Production House: Irish Premier

Language: Assamese with English subtitles

Run time: 1 Hour 32 Mins

Venue: Rathmines Public Library

Fireflies – Jahnu is an imaginative teenager who lives in a remote village by the banks of the river Brahmmaputra in Assam of rural India. The villagers mock him for the femininity that he proudly wears on his body. Jahnu dreams of getting an operation and becoming a woman.

Jahnu’s sister ‘Jumu’, who has decided to never come out as a queer woman to protect her parent’s reputation in the village, worries that Jahnu might also have to live a painful life like her, although both the siblings have never spoken about their struggles aloud.

Jahnu and Jumu’s elder brother ‘Baba’ is extremely unhappy about his gender nonconformist siblings who he thinks have made their family notorious in the village. Jahnu’s life takes a drastic turn when his romantic relationship with Palash catches attention of the villagers. With Palashrefusing to acknowledge the relationship, Jahnu has to decide if he continues living a life
hiding himself or let himself walk forth with his truth.