Before she began making films, Adele Tulli’s academic research focused on feminist and LGBT movements in contemporary India. Her engagement with activist groups in India, as well as her longstanding participation in feminist and queer activism in Europe, has determined the primary inspiration that led her to use filmmaking as a way to develop creative responses to critical political issues. In 2010 she worked on her first feature documentary, 365 without 377, shot in Mumbai during the first anniversary of the historic judgment that decriminalized homosexuality in India. Her second film, Rebel Menopause, is the intimate portrait of 85 year old, militant feminist Thérèse Clerc, exploring issues of pleasure, sexuality, political involvement, housing and economic independence in older women’s lives. Both films have been screened internationally and won several awards.
365 without 377, 2011