Between the Lines: India's Third Gender
- Original Title
- Between the Lines: Indiens drittes Geschlecht
- Wartmann, Thomas, director.
- English, Hindi.
- Germany : Filmquadrat GbR, 2006.
- Physical Description
- DVD-ROM (95 min.)
- The film follows Delhi-based photographer Anita Khemka as she sets out to explore the hidden hijra subculture of Bombay. Since she was a child, Khemka has been fascinated by the ornate femininity and captivating spiritual powers of the outcast hijras - biological men who dress as women but reject identification with either gender. Following three hijras, Asha, Rambha and Laxmi, Khemka enters the vibrant yet struggling hijra communities, openly discussing intimate details of their lives such as their matriarchal surrogate families, castration ceremonies, thoughts about sexuality and relationships and the challenges of overcoming economic dependence on begging and prostitution. Uniquely engaging because of Khemka's ability to initiate personal dialogue about femininity, sexuality and persistent cultural stereotypes about gender, this artful film provides fascinating insights into a social group that is a growing leader in the fight for gender and sexuality rights in India.
- Documentary films
- Title Translation
- Between the Lines: India's Third Gender
- Verzio Film Festival Submission
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