“Sex is what you are born with, gender is what you recognize and sexuality is what you discover.”

Words of a Hijra


Documentary | IN 2020 | 57′ | English, Kannada, Tamil – Engl. subtitles

For generations, our limited understanding of sexual orientation and gender fluidity has tampered with our idea of equality and freedom.

‘Prayana’ portrays, in an intimate and evocative way, the arduous journeys of members of the Indian transgender community and  addresses the struggles of gender dysphoria and conventional mindsets.

Film Director, Camera and Editor Michael Maurissens

With Prya, Sana Suman, Arish, Anirudh, Kalki Subramaniam, Shilok Mukkati

Produced by CARRÉ BLANC PRODUCTIONS, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, Hannchen-Mehrzweck-Stiftung Berlin

Supported by TXKöln, 1.Shanthiroad studio/gallery, Sahodari Foundation, Solidarity Foundation, Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College

Festival Selections

  • ICA – International Cultural Artifact Film Festival – India
  • qFLIX 2020; America’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival – XL Virtual Edition,
  • Miracle Film Festival (MFF) in Sanibel, Florida.
  • Cuzco Underground Cinema Festival
  • International cultural artifact film festival, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • KIFFI, JAIPUR – (Kaaryat International Film Festival of India)
  • Courage Film Festival, Berlin