Film – Transindia is a moving documentary exploring the transgender community (Hijras), in Ahmedabad, India. Many years ago, in India, the Mughal Empire accepted Hijras people in their society. They earned a good sense of respect and were often found in ancient Hindu scriptures. However, when the British colonised India in the 18th century, they introduced a new law classifying all Hijras as criminals, stating that: ‘Any Eunuch so registered who appears, dressed or ornamented like a woman, in a public street or place, or who dances or plays music, or any public exhibition, may be arrested without warrant, and shall be punished with imprisonment to two years, or with a fine, or with both.’
The well-awaited documentary will be screening at the Never Apart gallery on Saturday February 10th 2018. The event is part of a series of presentations related to the permanent exhibition at the gallery, “Traces of Life, a journey from Canada to South Asia”. The screening will start at 4:00 pm for a duration of half an hour with a Q&A and discussion session after the documentary. Transindia will take you on a journey through the eyes of the Hijra community, capturing their perspective and portraying the truth of a forgotten and neglected community so essential to India. For more information about the documentary and the permanent exhibition, click here to access the gallery’s official website.