Harsh Beauty| 52mins
Director: Alessandra Zeka | Producer: Alessandra Zeka
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: United States
Existing as they have for centuries, the eunuchs (or hijra) are considered the third gender, neither men nor women. "Harsh Beauty" follows, over a period of 3 years, the lives of Jyothi, Usha, and hira bai, three eunuchs who live openly as women and want to be accepted as their true selves. This one-hour documentary uses a vÃ©ritÃ© approach, creating intimate and personal accounts of their lives, without presenting an anthropological perspective. Set against the vibrant energy of the Indian metropolis, "Harsh Beauty" takes a glance into a society rarely seen and often misunderstood.
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