Ask the Sexpert

What happens when people in India need basic advice? They Ask the Sexpert. Mixing humor with non-moralistic advice has made this column vastly popular.

Ask the sexpert
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Producer/Director

Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha is an award-winning filmmaker who co-directed and produced the feature documentary Made in India, about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of "outsourcing" surrogates to India. The film premiered as a festival favorite at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. It went on to win several Best Documentary awards on the Show more festival circuit and is currently a case study at Harvard Business School for their class on ethics. She has also directed numerous independent as well as commissioned short films. Vaishali has been awarded support for her projects by the MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, The Economist, Catapult Fund, Firelight Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Fledgling Fund, Mozilla, Playboy Foundation, CAAM, NYSCA, and Nextpix, among others. She speaks regularly at educational and public events. Vaishali studied Film Production at the New School University. She is originally from Mumbai and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Show less

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Producer

Mridu Chandra

Mridu Chandra is a producer of award-winning documentaries, feature films, and television productions. Documentary credits include producing Out in the Night (LA Film Festival, 2014; POV/ PBS, 2015), The Canal Street Madam (SXSW, 2010), and Let the Church Say Amen (Sundance, 2004; Independent Lens / PBS, 2005). She co-produced Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Show more (Sundance 2003; POV/ PBS, 2003) which won over 25 awards worldwide; Electoral Dysfunction (PBS, 2012), recipient of the American Bar Association's 2013 Silver Gavel Award for Television; A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY (HBO, 2014), directed by Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus; and This Changes Everything (TIFF, 2016). She also served as coordinating producer for the award-winning PBS series Women, War & Peace, seen by 12 million viewers. An alum of the CPB/WGBH Producers Academy and the Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Program, she was honored in the Vilcek Foundation’s 2012 New American Filmmaker Program. Show less

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The Film

Ask the Sexpert is the story of a highly popular sex columnist for a daily newspaper in India. Despite sex being a taboo topic in that country, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions, the vast majority of whom seek basic information. The columnist gains popularity even while a ban on comprehensive sex education in schools is adopted by approximately a third of India’s states.

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