Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Need Advice? Just Ask the Sexpert

April 05, 2018   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers

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Sex. We can’t say we’ve all talked about it, experienced it, thought about it, but many of us have. And when we have questions about it, who do we consult? Well a Sexpert, of course!

Dr. Mahinder Watsa is the feature character in “Ask the Sexpert,” a documentary film by Vaishali Sinha, that follows the 93-year-old sexologist who writes a daily column (Ask the Sexpert) in the Mumbai Mirror.

"Sex is a joyful thing," says Watsa, "but a number of writers tend to become rather medical and serious.” Watsa approaches his advice column with humor and honesty in order to educate his readers. He says, "I'm talking their language, they accept it better. The man talking to you is one of you."

It might sound sweet at first: an elderly gentleman answering sex questions; but as we learn from the film, conversation around the sex subject is very unusual in India. In a third of all Indian states, there is no sex education in schools. When the central government started the Adolescence Education Programme in 2007, “Thirteen states called for an immediate ban as they felt that comprehensive sexuality education was against the Indian culture. Little has changed in the last 10 years.” (Source: NDTV.com).

Dr. Watsa started his career in the 1950s as a gynecologist, obstetrician, and, believe it or not, a columnist. As he started receiving letters for his medical advice column at the magazine Trend, more and more women began writing to him about molestation and rape. "These women had no one to turn to, so they wrote to the magazine," Watsa told BBC.

His focus turned from medical advice to sex education and therapy in the 1970s. He estimates that he has answered over 40,000 questions, most seeking basic information.

Watsa continues educating his readers by answering letters, running a sexology clinic from his apartment, and is going global by taking over Twitter feeds, such as DurexIndia just yesterday.

“Ask the Sexpert” is a film focused on Dr. Watsa, and it is funny, honest, and educational. “All human beings are sexual,” says Dr. Watsa. “Learning about sexuality begins from a time a child is born, and continues until the end of life.”

—Molly Drake

Photo: “Ask the Sexpert,” a film directed by Vaishali Sinha, pictured, is a documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a 93-year-old sex advice columnist.

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Related Screenings:
04/05/18 @ 7:05 PM – Ask the Sexpert
04/06/18 @ 2:10 PM – Ask the Sexpert
04/08/18 @ 9:30 AM – Ask the Sexpert

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