Send Us Your Brother is a feature-length documentary about Masculinity. Filmed over two and a half years, the documentary is a rich, and deeply intimate look at what it means to be male in India today.
Send Us Your Brother is a feature-length documentary about Masculinity in India. It weaves together three, interconnected storylines: Nikhil, a young 14 year old who dreams of becoming a soldier; Mahendra, an activist challenging men and boys across India to rethink masculinity; and Ranjit, a determined father combating social pressure and death threats as he seeks justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of a violent gang rape. Filmed over two and a half years, the documentary is a rich, and deeply intimate look at what it means to be male in India today.
It’s a confusing time to be a man in most parts of the world, especially after the avalanche of #MeToo (which has just recently gripped India). In spite of the triumph of Trump, or the grim victory of Kavanagh, the deep and sustained rage of millions around the world has ushered in a new cultural moment and it feels like we’re witnessing the last, desperate gasps of patriarchy. Whether they verbally acknowledge it or not, men simply cannot ignore that the tides have turned and there are seismic changes afoot.
In India, these fault lines emerged six years ago after a young, female student was gang raped and murdered on a bus driving through Delhi. The brutality of the incident stunned the country and within hours India erupted in protests. No longer could the system deny India’s deep, entrenched culture of toxic masculinity. Something had to change—primarily, men.
Send Us Your Brother is a film that captures that change, as imperfect and fraught as it is.
Nisha is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary Send Us Your Brother about masculinity and gender inequality in India. Her previous credits include Diamond Road (2007 Gemini award Best Documentary Series), Bollywood Bound (Gemini nominee 2001) and the multi-award winning The World Before Her about women's rights in India.
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