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Video Page: Mardistan (Macholand): Reflections on Indian Manhood

poster for the film 'mardistan', showing a man on a bike.

In a culture where masculinity is often considered to be synonymous with power, how are the daily lives, experiences and ideologies of men influenced by this norm? This is the question that the short film, Mardistan (Macholand): Reflections on Indian Manhood seeks to answer. Directed by Harjant Gill for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust of India, the film features the stories of four different individuals from Punjab – all of them cisgender men coming from diverse class backgrounds and professions – and explores their approaches to male privilege, sexuality, sexual violence, and so on, to illustrate how damaging toxic ideas of masculinity can be.

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