Bombay Eunuch
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This documentary chronicles East Indian groups of "third sex" individuals living in squalor in Bombay in the midst of a chaotic society that ousts them. The film begins by noting that for centuries eunuchs were considered semi-divine beings, heralded for their marital blessings and feared by many for their powers. When the land was colonized by the British, their ritual castration was outlawed and their religion diminished in the eyes of many of the land's inhabitants. As the climate changed, these hijiras (or eunuchs) were forced to live lives as prostitutes or beggars, despite… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bombay Eunuch is a short film with a unique subject matter. But you won't soon forget its people, its places or its sad, surprising revelations about all the sexes."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Starts out in the realm of queer theory, only to find itself sidetracked -- profitably, in this case."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"It's nothing less than an examination of the very meaning of family."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A remarkably beguiling documentary, on a number of levels."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
""Bombay Eunuch" (if you pardon the pun) just doesn't cut it."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Examines with an acute, clear-eyed compassion the sad decline in status of India's eunuchs."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"While never quite achieving the answers the directors set out to find, is still an interesting, voyeuristic peek into the lives of members of a society threatened with extinction."
‑ Brad Haynes, Orlando Weekly
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