Pakistan's Transgenders: Hidden Lives (LGBTQ+ Documentary) | Real Stories

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Pakistan's Transgenders: Hidden Lives (LGBTQ+ Documentary) | Real Stories 4.5

Flamboyant, colourful and eccentric, many among Pakistan's marginalised transgender community scrape a living through dancing, singing and begging on the streets of the country’s economic capital, Karachi. Many others, though, earn money catering for the sexual needs of local men in the city's seedier districts.

Investigating a never-before-seen side of life in Pakistan, this film from Oscar and EMMY award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy follows the stories of three transgender people, who each represent a different way of life in the country. Maggie is a prostitute who dreams of becoming an air hostess, while Chahat was abandoned by her middle-class family to beg on the streets. Sana is Karachi's most sought-after transgender dancer, desperate to give up the profession after a particularly gruesome gang rape. Is there any hope for these courageous individuals who want to stand out on their own?

With exclusive access, this cutting-edge film goes behind the scenes of the transgender community to uncover the truth behind Pakistan’s Open Secret.

Official Selection, United Nations Association Film Festival

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Produced by Clover Films

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It broke my heart when Chahat said she would be happy to be a dog just so she could live with her mother. 😢

Author — Hanna


Ok so men hate them, right ? Then who picks them up when they pull over the car ?
Hypocrisy, no ?

Author — Pankaj Gorey


Chahat broke me. She has such pure eyes, and the way she talks, she seems exhausted. If you can convey to Chahat, then please tell her tht she has a sister in India. I would happily consider her my family. It's difficult here too, but it's improving. Allah tumhe khush rakhe, Chahat. Tumhari saari khwaishein poori ho

Author — Roy A


Be Respectful and Kind to them, their life is tougher than our expectations.



This video changed my point of view about transgenders😥

Author — Binat-e- Islam


I'm transgender myself but not from Pakistan
I'm from more rich and Islamic country
True we have higher standards life than them BUT only If we hide ourselves
The punishment of being out trans or dressing in public here is beheaded
It's very dangerous and taboo here

The reason for me to write this comment is all the nice people in the comments section

I can't believe that there such nice and kind people

I wish you happiness and good karma

Author — So Fi


Chahat is giving me a ride of emotions. Such a pure soul

Author — nemani koushik


we need a follow up documentary in 2020, you can't leave these people stranded !!!

Author — heytoday


“They’re ruing our society” no the hate is ruining it

Author — SincereAngels


i want to go and save Chahat she broke my heart

Author — callme zizou


I'll never complain about my life again .

Author — Naman Paul


"I'll live as a dog to be with my mother" ~Chahat 💔

Author — Beauty Babe


This breaks my heart. No one deserves to suffer like this

Author — Winter Violet Audios


"Chances of this are one in a hundred thousand, it's quite rare"
Our population is 22crore girl do your own math

Author — Panda


I’m crying for Chahat😥 she’s a real girl, not crazy or conceded.. she’s only ever wanted a family.. if I could I would let her live with me and we would be family:, -)

Author — Lex Luther


It's funny how men dictates what makes a woman respectable. Yet it's these men who pull up at nights seeking for pleasure. Bloody hypocrites.

Author — roxy lib


When maggi says if I love him then I can’t be able to leave him so I don’t love him I just desire him
It really kinda hit me hard 😞😞

Author — sahil khan


I feel sorry for chahat & I believe everyone saw sadness in her eyes & how she wished to have a happy family

Author — Waheed Balushi


14:41 that’s just nasty burping mid sentence in an interview

Author — Wavyy babyy


"That's why i don't love him, I just desire him. If i fall in love, I won't be able to leave him." 💔💔💔

Author — Phrshwn Ldjhl