An Indian trans model looks directly into the camera as another person does her eye make-up.

About India's First Best Trans Model Agency + Q&A

Transgender people in India – commonly known as hijras - are the oldest ethnic transgender community in the world and are considered mystical with the power to bless and curse. And yet, paradoxically, a hijra is also considered to bring shame upon manhood and their biological families. Many are despised and treated as outcasts, often thrown out by their families and reduced to begging and prostitution.

Transgender activist Rudrani Chettri is on a crusade to change this image of hijras, through the work of her charity Mitr Trust and her groundbreaking venture to establish India’s first transgender modelling agency. Ila Mehrotra’s documentary explores her journey, providing an intimate and compassionate window into the paradoxical world of this sacred and once revered Indian community.

The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with director Ila Mehrotra.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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