Filmmakers to discuss 'Bombay Eunuch,' March 4
Posted February 29, 2004; 12:51 a.m.
Filmmakers Alexandra Shiva and Sean Cameron will introduce their 2000 work "Bombay Eunuch" and answer questions following the screening at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Rocky-Mathey Film Theater, Rockefeller College.
The showing is part of a spring semester film series "Sex in the Postcolonial City." Each film screened this term looks at the shifting intersections between gender, sexuality, globalization and urbanization in contemporary English-language cinema.
"Bombay Eunuch" explores the ambiguous position of the unique and vibrant community of eunuchs (known as "hijras") in urban India. As hijras are increasingly displaced from their traditional roles in rural communities, many have taken up lives as prostitutes in Bombay. There, they are faced with the dilemma of surviving social marginalization, urban poverty and the global AIDS epidemic.
Focused on the compelling figure of Meena, a leader of a eunuch family in Bombay, "Bombay Eunuch" depicts the struggle of one group of hijras as they attempt to negotiate their changing social world. Through interviews with these individuals and Western anthropologists, the film approaches issues of gender identity in South Asia from multiple perspectives. It also poses questions about the role of global media structures in the transformation of traditional lifestyles.
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