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Aditya Shankar, The Face Of Gay Youth, India, asked if he could live with me. That was a wonderful year.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” W.H. Murray

One day in June 2013 a young man came to see a program at The CineForum in Toronto. I started The CineForum by chance. It is on the first floor of my home. I like doing things here as it gives me the freedom to program things not many might be interested in. Previously I had done my programs in spaces I rented in churches, libraries, schools and universities. Then in 1986 I began doing them out of bars which I liked a lot.

After the program I asked if he’d like a beer.

As he walked into the kitchen he asked if I was married. I said, “I’m as queer as a three dollar bill.”

He said, “Oh, I knew I was gay at 8 in Bombay.”

That was how I met Adi.

He was a student at The University Of Toronto.

After that he dropped by often. One day he asked if he could live here.

The CineForum was designed by myself to be a mix of the Academy in Athens, First Century Christianity, the salons of Victor Hugo and Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol’s various Factories, The Beat Hotel in Paris, Toronto’s Rochdale College and whatever I could throw into it.

A very vital part of what happens here is the people who come to live here.

Adi addressing India from The CineForum library where he lived:

Little did either of us know that in India the shit was about to hit the fan as the old dragon of organized religion reared its ugly head to condemn homosexuality in that country.

Adi was the head of Sathi.

He fought that fight with the support of everyone in The CineForum family which is a community that spans the world.

What a joy it was to have him living here.

Learning is a two way street.

This is why academia is a dead end.

The young have as much and possibly more to teach the older.


–Reg Hartt







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