Archive for May, 2009

Hair India Documentary

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Hot Docs 2009 Festival is now underway in Toronto, Canada.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe.

The one we’ve been waiting for is Hair India.

India has always been praised for her idyllic standard of beauty, from women’s saris to her skin and hair. But now, even she has undergone a Western makeover. Hair India takes outsourcing to a new level in this fascinating exposé of a lucrative Indian export: hair. It begins in West Bengal where a young girl donates her hair to the temple. The hair is then sorted by an assembly line of women (with the sound of their bangles keeping rhythm), and sold to Great Lengths, an Italian company that sells the plaits as hair extensions to wealthy women around the world. Along the way, we meet the players, from the hair donors and dealers to Sangreeta, who represents the modern Indian working woman and the Westernization of India’s beauty standards. Hair India effortlessly illustrates how globalization, marketing of vanity, and traditional rituals can all contribute to create a lucrative enterprise – Karina Rotenstein

Check your local area for showings.