First-time director Noman Robin accidentally walked into a shockingly violent scene that propelled him into the movie making spotlight in his native Bangladesh — and around the world.
Robin was at a mall as a hijra or transgender female was thrown first out of the men’s room and then the ladies’ room. As customers began screaming, security guards dragged her to the street and began beating her.
“What are you doing here?” shouted the guards. “I’m human! I need to go to the toilet,” she replied.
Today, Robin’s film, “Common Gender,” exposes the shunned hijra — transvestites, transgender — who cling together in slums, rejected by their families and exploited by society that treats them as sub-human.