Between the Lines: India's Third Gender

General Information

Original Title
Between the Lines: Indiens drittes Geschlecht
Author/Creator
Wartmann, Thomas, director.
Language
English, Hindi.
Subtitles
English
Published
Germany : Filmquadrat GbR, 2006.
Physical Description
DVD-ROM (95 min.)

Contents/Summary

Summary
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.

Subjects

Genre
Documentary films

Bibliographic Information

Title Translation
Between the Lines: India's Third Gender
Note
Verzio Film Festival Submission

Holdings

Item Type Current Location Collection Call Number Volume Info Shelving Location Public Note
DVD-ROMOSA Film LibraryOSA Film LibraryFL Record 1227---