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Jareena, Portrait of a Hijda
1990
Color
25 minutes
India
English subtitles

Jareena, Portrait of a Hijda

This video offers a profile of a transsexual and her community in the Indian city of Bangalore. It provides a unique insight into the lives of Hijdas, a society of eunuchs numbering in the tens of thousands who have thrived in India for centuries. The Hijdas work as prostitutes and are a close-knit group who live and work communally. Jareena, who assumes the role of a man when she visits her family, explains this duality and how the Hijdas helped her form her identity and assert her true self.
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"A discourse on the body as it is inscribed by gender norms and categories, this work should contribute to further awareness of the range and possibilities of human sexuality" - Sumita S. Chakravarty
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