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Mardistan - by Harjant Gill


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Duration/ Language
00:26:00 (hh:mm) ,  English
Trailer/ Excerpt Link
Filmmaker/s Bio Note/s
Harjant is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Towson University, Maryland. His academic research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in South Asia. He has made several films that have screened at festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. His previous documentary with PSBT, Roots of Love, explored the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and has being screened on BBC World News, BBC America and Doordarshan. He is currently the Co-Director of Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.
Synopsis/ Description
Through the experiences of four different men, ranging in age from 20s to 40s, Mardistan explores the notion of contemporary manhood in a rapidly globalising India. A middle-aged writer attempting to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed growing up in an elite military academy, a working class father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to have a son, a young college student searching for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, a middle-aged gay man deciding to come out to his wife after nearly 20 years of marriage, together make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today.
Significant Awards/ Screenings
  • Award, Script Film Festival, Kochi
  • Men and Boys for Gender Justice Film Festival, New Delhi
  • Ethnografilm Festival, Paris
  • International Film Festival of Prayag
  • DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • Film Festival of Stuttgart, Germany

 (PSBT)Public Service Broadcasting Trust


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