Sexuality in the times of authoritarianism: Operation Hyacinth is Ranjan's recommendation
A young police officer’s investigation into the murder of a homosexual opens up a Pandora’s Box of sordid details that could implicate the highest in the echelons of power. Piotr Domalewski’s OPERATION HYACINTH (2021, Poland) moves beyond the conventions of the police procedural genre and critiques the deeply authoritarian nature of a Communist regime that suppresses alternative sexuality while trying to hide its attraction for such a practice amongst people who call the shots.
This gritty expose, brilliantly shot, is streaming on NETFLIX.
Ranjan Das is a Mumbai based filmmaker and faculty.