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Harsh Beauty (2005)

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For centuries, Eunuchs have been an important part of Indian society. But the elevated role they once held has now faded. Today they live in isolated communities, working as prostitutes and... See full summary »

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For centuries, Eunuchs have been an important part of Indian society. But the elevated role they once held has now faded. Today they live in isolated communities, working as prostitutes and beggars. Life may be hard but inside the community, there's a real sense of warmth and camaraderie. 'Harsh Beauty' follows the lives of Jyothi, Usha and Hira Bai, three Eunuchs who struggle for acceptance in a culture splintered by religion, caste and politics. Filmed over four years and accompanied by a vibrant soundtrack, it's a warm and poignant look inside this usually hidden group. Written by Anonymous

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12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you have any cultural interest in India (mine's from watching Bollywood films). You will find this documentary fascinating.

I had the opportunity to see it at Outfest 2006 in Los Angeles, with the director present for Q&A, and I have to say I was riveted throughout the screening.

It is rare to get such a candid portrait of queer/transgendered culture in India.

I viewed it along with a second doc, "Happy Hookers," about male sex workers in Bombay. While it was not a good of a film, it is definitely an interesting watch, if you are interested in queer Indian culture.


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