A documentary on Indian eunuchs by filmmaker Parthiban Shanmugam is attracting critical attention in the US, receiving an 'honourable mention' at the recently concluded Tribeca Underground Film Festival here.
Produced by Eagle Mount Productions, "The Celestial Brides" received a standing ovation when it was screened at a venue on Park Avenue here last week, a press release said.
It now moves to the Boston International Festival on June 9.
The film takes the viewer to the village of Koovagam in Tamil Nadu where thousands of eunuchs gather every year to worship and marry the warrior deity, Aravan.
Considering eunuchs to be incarnations of Mohini, the feminine form of the Hindu god Krishna, the Aravani festival recognises the homosexual identity of this third gender, the statement said.
The festival helps the eunuchs to assert themselves in a society that shuns them and deprives them of dignity and a rightful status, it added.
Director Shanmugham, a trained lawyer, has previously made a documentary called "Mathamma", or living goddess, a tradition that certain communities in Tamil Nadu use to sanction the sexual exploitation of young girls.
He is currently working on a documentary titled "We Are Not Faraway", which is based on the lives of the homeless in the US.