India/US | 2005 | 71 minutes | Color/BW | DVD | Hindi | Subtitled | Order No. 05870
"Timeless in its observations"
"Candid interviews with the subjects are impressive."
"Extraordinary documentary... fair-minded portraits"
"Far from the altogether downbeat experience you'd expect."
"Compelling and illuminating"
"Courtesans' poignant, provocative...Brabbee's view is respectful. Despite the girls' nearly hopeless situation, she portrays them as hopeful, strong and surprisingly optimistic...."
"15 films to watch from IDFA 2004...”
”The prostitutes of Mystelle Brabbée's Highway Courtesans hold the audience enchanted with their strong characters and beautiful souls in the face of unfortunate circumstances...”
"****(four stars)…[a] thoughtful and sure-handed documentary... We follow Guddi for several years and learn about life in "the profession" and the extraordinary challenges she faces in leaving it… Finding ways to be ordinary in their world must take extraordinary courage."
“Intriguing subject and revealing interviews…”
"****(4 stars) Critics' Choice. Recommended"
"ABSORBING, touching and sometimes enraging."
"* * * (3 stars) "
"…an incisive examination of a prostitution caste in India...."
"... a remarkable piece of ethnographic work.”
“Brabbee's intelligent documentary…represent(s) the latest achievements in Asian and Asian American filmmaking.”
“Highly Recommended...Excellent…Uniquely presents the clash among the strong roots of family tradition, the social problems of prostitution, and the issues surrounding modernization of the Indian society.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Galway Film Fleadh, Best Feature Documentary
- Chicago Int'l FF, President's Jury Award
- Singapore International Film Festival
- Belgrade Film Festival
- Women's Film Festival in Seoul
- Tekfestival 2005, Rome
- Jackson Hole Film Festival
- Kino Movie Eye Film Festival
- Seattle Documentary Film Festival
- Rio De Janiero Film Festival
- Zagreb Film Festival
- Cardiff Screen Festival
- South by Southwest Film Festival, US Premiere
- International Women's Film Festival
- Seattle Independent So. Asian Film Festival
- Jakarta International Film Festival
- "Stranger than Fiction", IFC Center
- Adelaide Film Festival
- IFP Market Best of Fest, Berlinale Market
- Indo-American Art Council Film Festival
- Monteal Human Rights Film Festival
Mystelle Brabbee has been with the Nantucket Film Festival since its inception in 1996. She currently holds the position of Artistic Director and previously held the title of Film Program Director. As the Artistic Director she is responsible for the creative path of the Festival and oversees a staff of ten that are responsible as a team for all programming elements.
She worked on the documentary film titled HIGHWAY COURTESANS starting in 1995 and was a recipient of the Soros Documentary Fund. In 2000, Brabbee was Director of Acquisitions for article27, a London based firm known for obtaining rights to independent niche films, and syndicating them to Internet portals and video-on-demand providers. Brabbee assisted in acquiring more than 200 films, documentaries and children's programs that fell outside of mainstream markets. Mystelle Brabbee is a 1993 B.F.A. graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. (07/12)