Watch Naach, the dance and many more documentaries!

  • Subscribe to our catalogue of 600+ documentaries
  • The first month for €1.49
  • No strings attached. Cancel online at anytime
  • We share the revenu directly with the documentary makers
Learn more about DocsOnline

Naach, the dance by Dewan, Saba

The Sonepur cattle fair in rural Bihar comes alive every evening when more than fifty girls take to the stage and dance for an all male audience. Originally part of the Nautanki, a popular folk theatre genre of north India, the dance of the female performer today has become a replay of Bombay films and music videos that span rural and metropolitan landscape. It is a performance charged with sexual energy. Emotions run high, and a barbed wire fence is necessary to separate the performers from the spectators. What meanings related to contemporary construction and practice of gender, sexuality, labour and popular culture can we read in the dance of the female performer? What do these women think about love, marriage, family and making a living?

About Saba Dewan
Saba Dewan is a film maker based in Delhi, India. She did her masters in film and TV production from the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 1987 and since then has been making independent documentaries. Her work has focused on gender, labour and sexuality. She has been working on a trilogy of films focusing on women performers. Naach is the second movie in this trilogy.

Dewan, Saba
Copyright Holder
Smile Film Sales
83 min.
Year of release

More Documentaries

  • 58 min.

    Love and Sex in China

    Anne Loussouarn, 2013

    WATCH FOR FREE In the documentary Love and Sex in China we get a glimpse of the culture surrounding partnership and marriage in China.

    Watch documentary
  • 50 min.

    Bollywood Blues

    Shamman, Rish, 2009

    Like many young Dutch Hindus, Monique is caught between two totally different cultures. Monique wants to break free from the rigid Hindu values but at the same time, she doesnt want to disappoint her parents.

    Watch documentary
  • 55 min.

    Love beyond frontiers: made in Japan

    Leeuw, Puck de, 1996

    'Love beyond Frontiers, part 1 - Made in Japan' is the first film of what was to become a three part series. In it, acclaimed film-maker Puck de Leeuw portrays 3 women (one Flemish and two Dutch) who have fallen in love with Japanese men.

    Watch documentary
  • 90 min.

    Fatal Reaction Moscow

    Jongbloed, Marijke, 2000

    'Fatal Reaction Moscow' is the final episode of a four-part personal odyssey of Marijke Jongbloed about carreer women and their longing for a suitable mate.

    Watch documentary
  • 85 min.

    Fatal Reaction Bombay

    Jongbloed, Marijke, 1998

    'Fatal Reaction Bombay', the final episode of a four-part personal odyssey of Marijke Jongbloed, concentrates on the way in which relationships are forged and mystified in the cosmopolitan part of India.

    Watch documentary
  • 52 min.


    Radovanovic, Goran, 2003

    Sex, survival, Serbia, pantyhose? What do they have in common? In 'Casting' women have come to audition for a part in a pantyhose commercial which has as its slogan - The most beautiful step in Europe- Panties for every occasion.

    Watch documentary
  • 44 min.

    The war of love

    Jinchuan, Duan & Yue, Jiang, 2002

    In modern day China finding a partner isn't easy. The divorce rate is rising and women who choose a career often do so at the expensee of forming a relationship.

    Watch documentary
  • 26 min.

    The Love Bureau

    Monzani, Caterina, 2009

    This short and lovely documentary gives an insight in the dating bureau of Bettina.

    Watch documentary
Close Login