Eunuchs - India's Third Gender (1991)

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  • Featuring

    Aruna Har Prasad

  • Country

    United Kingdom

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  • Category

    Non Fiction


Documentary looking at the eunuchs and attitudes towards them in India, where they are treated with a mixture of disgust, fear and respect. They are castrated men who dress like women and consider themselves female. Known as hijras, their culture and tradition comes from the days when they were guards of the rajah's palace and hareem. The film contrasts the traditional mannerisms, lifestyles and attitudes of the rural hijras, who are still regarded respectfully and capable of bestowing blessings, and of the urban ones, who have deteriorated into prostitutes living in brothels, flaunting themselves and their sexuality in an extrovert way.

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