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In rural India, 6 years in the life on young Guddi Chauhan are examined, as she struggles against the centuries-old tradition of prostitution she's expected to honor

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Highway Courtesans

Category: Documentaries

Regions: South Asia

Topics: Women / Gender / Sexuality, ;;Human Rights



What happens when an independent-minded young girl is born into a centuries-old tradition of prostitution?





Highway Courtesans chronicles the story of young women living in the Bachara community in rural India - the last hold-out of a custom that started with ancient palace courtesans and survives today with the sanctioned prostitution of every Bachara family’s oldest daughter. Guddi, Shana and their neighbor Sungita serve a daily stream of roadside truckers to support their families. Their work as prostitutes forms the core of the local economy, but their contemporary ideas about freedom of choice, gender and self-determination slowly intrude on the Bachara way of life.



Beautifully filmed and remarkably candid, this provocative coming-of-age film follows Guddi Chauhan from age 16 to 23 as she struggles to realize her dreams in a community caught between traditional and contemporary values.



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Agenda Magazine on sexual rights in India.

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Highway Courtesans

A film by Mystelle Brabbee



India/US, 2005, 71 minutes, Color/BW, VHS/DVD, Hindi, Subtitled

Order No. W05870



This provocative coming-of-age film chronicles the story of a bold young woman born into the Bachara community in Central India – the last hold-out of a tradition that started with India’s ancient palace courtesans and now survives with the sanctioned prostitution of every Bachara family’s oldest girl. Guddi, Shana and their neighbor Sungita serve a daily stream of roadside truckers to support their families. Their work as prostitutes forms the core of the local economy, but their contemporary ideas about freedom of choice, gender and self-determination slowly intrude on the Bachara way of life.



HIGHWAY COURTESANS follows Guddi from the ages of 16 through 23 as she turns her world upside down, incurring the wrath of her fathers and brother as she struggles with tradition, family and love in hopes of realizing her dreams. In probing beyond the surface of a world of paradoxes, HIGHWAY COURTESANS resists easy moralizing and reveals the very real costs – financial, social and personal – for breaking with tradition. As a community hangs in the balance between traditional and contemporary values, this gripping documentary raises universal questions about sex, the roles of women, and the right of one culture to judge another.







AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS





Galway Film Fleadh, Best Feature Documentary

Chicago Int'l FF, President's Jury Award





Singapore International Film Festival

IFP Market Best of Fest, Berlinale Market

Indo-American Art Council Film Festival

Hamptons International Film Festival

South by Southwest Film Festival, US Premiere

IDFA, Int'l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, World Premiere

International Women's Film Festival

Asian American International Film Festival

Seattle Independent So. Asian Film Festival

Jakarta International Film Festival

"Stranger than Fiction", IFC Center

Nashville Film Festival

Belgrade Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Cardiff Screen Festival

Tekfestival 2005, Rome

Jackson Hole Film Festival

Jerusalem International Film Festival

Mill Valley Film Festival

Bermuda International Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival

Kino Movie Eye Film Festival

Seattle Documentary Film Festival

Rio De Janiero Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

Zagreb Film Festival

Denver International Film Festival

Women's Film Festival in Seoul





QUOTES





"Timeless in its observations"

Jeanette Catsoulis

The New York Times, Critic's Pick



"Candid interviews with the subjects are impressive."

Erin Clements

Time Out New York



"Extraordinary documentary... fair-minded portraits"

Andrew O'Hehi

Salon.com



"Far from the altogether downbeat experience you'd expect."

Jay Carr

AM New York



"Compelling and illuminating"

Avi Offer

Nycmovieguru.com



"Courtesans' poignant, provocative...Brabbee's view is respectful. Despite the girls' nearly hopeless situation, she portrays them as hopeful, strong and surprisingly optimistic...."

Rachel Mehendale

The Daily Texan



"15 films to watch from IDFA 2004...”

Eugene Hernandez

indieWIRE



”The prostitutes of Mystelle Brabbée's Highway Courtesans hold the audience enchanted with their strong characters and beautiful souls in the face of unfortunate circumstances...”

Mark Fagan

Austin Chronicle



"****(four stars)…[a] thoughtful and sure-handed documentary... We follow Guddi for several years and learn about life in "the profession" and the extraordinary challenges she faces in leaving it… Finding ways to be ordinary in their world must take extraordinary courage."

Sarah Lindner

Austin American-Statesman



“Intriguing subject and revealing interviews…”

Joe Leydon

Variety



"****(4 stars) Critics' Choice. Recommended"

Chicago Reader



"ABSORBING, touching and sometimes enraging."

Chicago Tribune



"* * * (3 stars) "

Chicago Sun Times



"…an incisive examination of a prostitution caste in India...."

Galway News



"... a remarkable piece of ethnographic work.”

Michael Rabiger

Author of Directing the Documentary



“Brabbee's intelligent documentary…represent(s) the latest achievements in Asian and Asian American filmmaking.”

Asiance Magazine



“Highly Recommended...Excellent…Uniquely presents the clash among the strong roots of family tradition, the social problems of prostitution, and the issues surrounding modernization of the Indian society.”

Educational Media Reviews Online

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