Asian New Force Category Finalist
The Manliest Man

Anuj Gulati

India / Col / 22’ 29” / In Hindi with English subtitles
When the village potter fails to produce a son, the community chief calls for a “manlier” man to help the family bear a male offspring.
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Finalist Showcase: 17/3 (Fri) | 7pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema | DCP | 222′ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
The Manliest Man revolves around the premise of female infanticide, a practice still prevalent in remote corners of India. After shooting a documentary on the same subject, I felt the need to narrate the story of the insecurity of a village Chief who becomes a victim of the very practice that he propagates. The challenge was to not treat it with a heavy hand. It was an interesting experiment.