Bombay Eunuch (2001)

Bombay Eunuch
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 11mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Wendy Doniger Advisor advisory committee 120821 12000001
John M Davis Music n/a 120781 8000001
Penelope Falk Editor n/a 172 7000001
Bimal Biswas Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000002
Frances Fergusson Advisor advisory committee 120821 12000002
Gita Mehta Advisor advisory committee 120821 12000003
Resul Pookutty Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000001
Urvashi Vaid Advisor advisor committee 120821 12000006
Gloria Steinem Advisor advisory committee 120821 12000005
Sarah Pettit Advisor advisory committee 120821 12000004
Ajay Norohna Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Penelope Falk Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Amala Actor Herself 1 1000005
Shobana Actor Herself 1 1000004
Silk Actor Herself 1 1000003
Deepa Krishnan Actor Herself 1 1000002
Alexandra Shiva Director (Co-Director) 2 2000001
Michelle Gucovsky Director (Co-Director) 2 2000002
Sean MacDonald Co-Producer n/a 170 3000002
Alexandra Shiva Producer n/a 3 3000001
Sean MacDonald Director (Co-Director) 2 2000003
Meena Actor Herself 1 1000001
Synopsis
The eunuch has been a figure in Indian culture for nearly 2000 years. Once a revered figure kept at royal courts and feared for mystical powers they were assumed to possess, the coming of the British colonizers forced them to the lowest level of Indian caste society. The documentary examines this institution as it enters the 21st century, and comes face to face with globalization, gender studies, HIV, and perhaps most pressingly, their continued marginalization and accompanying poverty. Following the tight "family" of eunuchs that centers around the charismatic mother figure of Meena, the film casts a sympathetic gaze on a group that identifies as neither man nor woman and is harshly penalized as a result. Most are forced into prostitution or panhandling and band together in small communities that take the place of the families that have denied their existence. Hope in the form of social concern for their plight raises its head, but evaporates just as quickly.
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