Screening – Sex, Death and the Gods

Screening April 11, 2011 7:00 PM

Sex, Death, and Gods examines the devadasi, a group of Hindus who are married or dedicated to a god or temple in childhood only to be later sold as prostitutes.

Director Beeban Kidron examines the lives of the girls of Karnataka, southern India and allows little-seen access into a practice which continues despite having been outlawed.

Examining the history of the as devadasi women as consorts to the ruling and upper classes and their artistic and performance skills, Sex, Death, and Gods offers a fascinating perspective of  the devadasi tradition, community, and practice in modern India.


Directed by Beeban Kidron
Produced by Fran Robertson


Filmed and Directed by Beeban Kidron.

Beeban Kidron has previously made for the BBC Oranges are Not the Only Fruit; Antonia and Jane; Murder and Love at First Sight.  She has also made the feature films Bridget Jones Edge of Reason; Swept From the Sea; Used People and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar and the documentary films Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns, Antony Gormley Making Space, Carry Greenham Home.


Fran Robertson has made several films with directors Beeban Kidron and Kevin Macdonald.  Her directing credits include Kindertransport, Capturing Idi Amin and The Angry Years.