Hijra's Hustle

Hijra's Hustle

Almass Badat

Politics

SCREENING 23rd January 2016, Bertha Dochouse

India 


Set in India, filmmaker and journalist Almass Badat has created a short documentary that explores the dangerous lives of the trans-gender community in India. Taking the word 'Hijra', which holds history in Hindi as meaning "leaving ones tribe", the word is currently used to refer to a trans-women from the South Asian region. 

PHOTO CREDIT: ALMASS BADAT

PHOTO CREDIT: ALMASS BADAT

Under Indian law, the Supreme Court ruled that, members of the transgender community can identify themselves with the third gender on official documents. However the reality is often much different as trans-people fear the repercussions of identifying with this "third gender". The stigma of "leaving ones tribe" seems to echo, and hold resonance in contemporary India. Members of the Indian trans-community are often denied health care, and are frequently refused travel on public transport. 

However, some historic Hindu texts consider Hijra's to be sacred. This view of the trans-community fluctuates between being a welcomed spiritual and sacred experience, to it being a rejected experience, picked up from the liberal West. As a result, living as a trans-man or woman is difficult and trans-women are often left to turn to prostitution and begging as a means of survival.

Almass badat PHOTO CREDIT: hijra's HUSTLE 

Almass badat
PHOTO CREDIT: hijra's HUSTLE 

Gender fluidity in India is very much visible and part of a number of traditions. The Hijras are constantly on the fence - respected by many and detested by many too. As my own perceptions were challenged, Bengaluru’s Hijra community uncovered a multifaceted meaning to human suffering.
— Almass Badat

Screening will be held at Bertha Dochouse, 26th January 2016.

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