Entertaining, insightful, and with a wry sense of humor, “Ask the Sexpert” is a feature-length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai.
A perfect post-Halloween treat, this gothic fantasy opened International Critics Week at this year’s Venice Film Festival, with sumptuous cinematography and a Tim Burtonesque sensibility that transcends the light-horror genre.
Deftly composed, smart, and socially-engaged, Indu Krishnan’s doc chronicles five years in the tumultuous life of Zakhir, a gentle soul who lives on the streets of Bangalore (India’s Silicon Valley), with an ill-fitting murder charge to his name.
With a lively backdrop of superheroes and comic books, Harleen Singh’s “Drawn Together” examines issues of diversity, representation, and racism. With Rucha Chitnis’ “In the Land of My Ancestors” about Ohlone land rights, and “Macher Jhol,” Abhishek Verma’s animated queer short.