Aravani Girl 2009 NR CC

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Sixteen year olds Palani and Karthik want to become 'ladyboys.' They're bullied in school and beaten by their families. Their parents would like to see them grow up as normal boys, but they're falling deeper and deeper into the world of the 'Aravanis'. Loved as dance performers but hated as homosexuals, their stories emblazon the inner conflicts of India's gender culture today.

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1 hour 2 minutes

Aravani Girl

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Product Details

Genres Gay & Lesbian, International, Documentary
Director Peter Spenceley
Studio Syndicado
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By premashakti on July 15, 2013
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aravani girl was very well written and produced. i have lived in india and often interacted with these lovely ladyboys and found this film very realistic and honest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Sylvester on June 16, 2013
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Interesting and informative. My heart went out to these boys. This movie, and a documentary on the same subject about boys in Afghanistan, tells me that this is a natural human condition. They should NOT be forced to make the choice between dancing or prostitution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alain Roussel on July 10, 2013
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interesting to see how a different culture approach an universal status. I was recently in Kerala and was not aware of this.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Angela Soto on January 1, 2013
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I liked this documentary. I think it shows the lives of young teenage aravani girls in South India. These are girls who have accepted their gender-variance; and they know that their lives will face numerous challenges, few opportunities, and rejection by the larger society. I was genuinely touched by their stories. Some of the girls are not able to resist those challenges, and I cried for their crushed spirits. Others are led through other pathways. I hope that societies all over this world understand and appreciate the importance of tolerance. We as human beings come into this world in many forms, and we should all recognize one another's universal rights to dignity at work, shelter, education, and the pursuit of happiness.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zahra Parker on August 11, 2013
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I would say this documentary is just ok. I felt like the characters were very one-dimensional. I will say I watched it to learn something new and I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Thomas on May 25, 2013
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The trials of the Aravani are overwhelming. It is interesting that in the face of all these various tribulations, they try to remain positive and upbeat.
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By Belinda on February 15, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised by these children. I enjoyed this film. I learned about being different and the cruel treatment of these kids!
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By Renee M. McClean on January 22, 2014
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Eye opening documentary about a whole subgroup and the cultural interpretations that surround it. Incredibly brave individuals in the face of so much adversity.
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