Ask the Sexpert

83/59 min. In English & Hindi w/English subtitles. Vaishali Sinha, dist. by Good Docs, www.gooddocs.net. 2018. DVD $129; acad. libs. $349; public performance + DVD $249; acad. $549; streaming + DVD $559. PSYCH
OrangeReviewStarIn India, home of the Kama Sutra, sex education and open discussions of sex are still taboo, even banned. Mahinder Watsa, a Mumbai-based physician, counselor, and writer, has promoted sexual health and education for decades in his professional efforts and controversial newspaper and magazine advice columns. Conservatives have challenged his work as obscene, but Watsa continues to address endless inquiries in his daily column and even counsels those who track him down at home. Director Sinha succeeds by training cameras on Watsa, his supporters, opponents, patients, and everyday citizens, then letting them speak their minds. The film's only flaw is that it isn't longer; the sole extra is a condensed one-hour version of the feature-length film. The frequent frank discussions of sex and related issues are all in context and in no way gratuitous.
VERDICT This is an edifying, unembellished look at a humble man who has devoted his life to helping people navigate the pleasurable yet oft-bewildering world of human sexuality. Highly recommended for all viewers.

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