Harsh Beauty

Directed by Alessandra Zeka
54 mins

Existing as they have for centuries, the eunuchs (or Hijra) of India are considered the third gender, neither men nor women. The 2005 documentary Harsh Beauty follows over a period of three 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 vérité 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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