Hair India

01/01/2009
  |  Book Tickets: 01/01/2009
  |  75 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Two very different sides of India – and Rome, too… Hair India traces a single thread in the complex weave of the newly liberalised India’s fast-transforming economy. Hair is donated by the head in Hindu temples across India, mostly by the very poor, and it’s a purely sacrificial deal – nothing is granted in return, no money is paid. But behind closed doors, deals are struck, and the hair is bought by entrepreneurial Europeans to be treated in Italy, from where it’s sold to wealthy Mumbai hipsters in pursuit of extensions. By focusing on a single commodity, the filmmakers summon up the contradictory spirit of the much talked-about ‘New India’ without issuing a single word of judgement.