Competition Documentary Feature
Ask the Sexpert
Directed by: Vaishali Sinha
USA/India, 2017, 83m
Talent in Attendance on April 7th
How did you learn about sex? Hopefully we never really stop learning. That’s the goal of Dr. Mahinder Watsa, sex columnist for the Mumbai Mirror. The 93-year-old sexologist enlightens the public on any questions they’re brave enough to ask in an India where sexual attitudes are—as in many cultures—a mix of those from a conservative past and a straight-forward present. Some states in India have outlawed sex education altogether, and abstinence is the answer they recommend for internet questions. (We all know how well “just say no” works, right?) This makes Dr. Watsa’s forthright style more important than ever. He works tirelessly, even to the point of neglecting his wife and son, and faces off against a politician who is trying to get him shut down. This grandfatherly sexpert may offer audiences some insight into their own intimate lives as well as revelations about culture, controversy, and human nature in this latest work from the director of Made in India (FFF 2011 Documentary Grand Jury Award winner.)
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