A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Video Page

Video Page – a collection of video interviews, short documentaries or thematic short films. Word Limit: The video should be accompanied by a short note of 80 – 100 words describing the context – Word document (.doc or .docx); Times New Roman 12-point, single-spaced Format: Video – mpeg/mp4 format Email: blogeditor@tarshi.net

Still from short film, "The Embrace"

Video Page: The Embrace

An Indian joint family shares spaces where lives and narratives overlap and privacy is stymied. Acts of intimacy, pleasure, and sexual exploration become difficult to pursue, and both privacy and sexual fulfillment become a much sought-after luxury.
A still from the film 'Oruvannukku Oruththi'

Short Film: Oruvannukku Oruththi? (A Man For a Woman?)

Our sexuality is often in flux – being manoeuvred (sometimes in ways we cannot control) by the crashing waves of societal expectations, circumstances, and our own choices and experiences. But the world continues to uphold a fixed, rigid idea of sexuality, and continues to confine us within this idea, and therein lies the conflict.
Still from the movie, 'Chutney'

Video Page: Chutney

What follows, in the short film Chutney, is a conversation – full of eerie, evocative storytelling – which not just sheds light on the class hierarchies in the middle to upper-middle class Indian household, but also the anxieties surrounding sexuality and sexual repression within it.
A still from Pixar's 'Purl', showing a smiling pink ball of yarn

Video Page: Purl

In Pixar’s short film Purl, a pink ball of yarn – a stand-in for anyone who’s ‘different’ – is faced with this dilemma in a workplace context (the analogy would work in other contexts as well).
Illustration on a woman driving a car and a man sitting beside her on the passenger seat gloomily looking out the window

Video Page: The Challenge of Being Close

The process of connecting with another person, opening up to them, and getting close enough to build an intimate relationship is fraught with complexities and grey-areas, which often has a marked impact on how we interact with that person and how we choose to conduct ourselves around them.
picture of spoken word poet tess joseph

Video Page: My First Time

“First times” can be awkward, exhilarating, and everything in between. They come with the tentativeness of sexual exploration – of figuring out what one wants and of nervously (and excitedly) seeking it out
Screenshot from the video, "Naked Feelings", showing the illustration of a naked woman with a flower in her hair with the words "Belhauf, bebaak, besharam" written on it

Video Page: Naked Feelings

In a world where the body and its desires often become a site for personal insecurities and external policing, confronting the same body in its raw, physical nakedness, and feeling utterly, irrevocably comfortable with it is almost a revolutionary act
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