Manoj SHINDE India 2023 143 min NC16 (Coarse Language and Some Mature Content)
A religious devotee, trapped in an enforced gender identity, plots an escape from his oppressive village in this delicately layered examination of gender fluidity.
Every night Valli is sought after for his blessings as a jogta—presenting as a woman devotee bound to a Hindu goddess. Though he is spiritually revered, he is also ostracised by the villagers and routinely subject to their harassment and violence. Stifled by his life of servitude, he wishes to renounce his jogta identity and live as a man. To do so, he enlists the help of his only friend and fellow castaway, Tara.
With its intimate portrayal of the jogappa tradition in the rural regions of western Maharashtra, the film immerses us in Valli‘s world, capturing his difficult journey while bravely interrogating gender expectations and religious tradition without reaching for easy answers.
9 Dec, Sat 4:00PM / 143 min
National Museum Singapore, Gallery Theatre
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NC16 (Coarse Language and Some Mature Content)
Manoj SHINDE is an Indian director, writer and producer. His previous Marathi-language films include two short films and the feature, Medicine Lamps (2019). Valli is his sophomore feature.
Varshaa Sunil AJIT