Bombay Eunuch is an intimate, moving portrait of one eunuch familyıs
struggle to survive in todayıs changing India. Long revered as divinity,
the eunuchs- or hijras, as they are known are now little more than
relics in a rapidly modernizing world. Relegated to the fringes of society,
their lives often plagued by poverty and hardship, the hijras are at
once a powerful evocation of tradition and an inspiring parable about
the human will to adapt. Through the voice of Meena, a 37 year old hijra
and surrogate mother to a eunuch family of her own, Bombay Eunuch
explores the challenges facing many in the eunuch community today, and
offers a rare and insightful glimpse of the rewards that come with choosing
to be true to oneself.
Alexandra Shiva, Director/Producer, has spent extensive
time in India over the past five years. Her undergraduate work at Vassar
College, where she received her BA in 1995, focused on issues of gender
and sexuality in art history, film, and psychology. In 1994 she completed
a documentary photography-audio piece, "Constructions of Reality", that
explored gender identity issues. She is currently the Director of Development
for Urban Empire, a non-profit New York City theatre company.
Sean MacDonald, Director/Co-Producer, has an MA in
Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. His work focused on
gender and identity, goddess worship, mysticism, and literary theory,
and he has conducted extensive research in these areas in India over
the past five years.
Michelle Gucovsky, Director, received her BA in Religion
from Barnard College, where she wrote her senior thesis on eunuchs in
India as a reflection if gender issues in Hinduism. She has pursued
in-depth independent research on the changing character of gender roles
in India in the face of globalization and modernization.
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