Mardistan (Harjant Gill, India, 28mins)

Mardistan (Macholand) is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds. A middle-aged writer trying to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed studying in an elite military academy, a Sikh father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to produce a son, a young 20-year-old college student looking for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, and a working-class gay activist coming out to his wife after twenty years of marriage. Together, their stories make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. Mardistan (Macholand) starts a conversation on critical issues including patriarchy, son preference, sexual violence and homophobia in a nation increasingly defined by social inequalities. 

About the Director

Dr. Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology and cultural studies at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in Washington DC. His academic research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Dr. Gill is also a documentary filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. His previous documentary, Roots of Love explored the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, and Doordarshan (Indian National TV). He is currently also the co-director of Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival. 



  • NY Indian Film Festival – May 2015
  • DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival – April 2015
  • University of Maryland, College Park (invited screening) – April 2015
  • Ethnografilm Festival, Paris – April 2015
  • Screening Scholarship Media Conference, University of Pennsylvania – March 2015
  • George Mason University (invited screening) – April 2015
  • Amherst College (invited screening) – March 2015
  • University of Toronto (invited screening) – March 2015
  • University of Guelph (invited screening) – March 2015
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (invited screening) – February 2015
  • SCRIPT Film Festival, Kochi – February 2015 : Winner: 2nd Place “Best Documentary” 
  • International Festival of Prayag – February 2015
  • The FD Zone - Film Division, Mumbai – January 2015
  • Godrej Culture Lab, Mumbai – January 2015
  • Men & Boys for Gender Justice Festival JNU, New Delhi - November 2014
  • Open Frame Festival, New Delhi - September 2014
  • Canadian Anthropology Society Conference, York University, Toronto – May 2014


This film screening will be followed by the screening of Sent Away Boys