For centuries, men have been barred from working at the Mother’s Market in Imphal, India. While this tradition provides them greater equality, other old market rules hurt their business and disadvantage poor women. Stallholders reveal why they think the ban is still important today.

An OXLAEY production for HKFP.

Producer and Director: Ryan Anderson
Interviews by: Chitra Ahanthem
Translations by: Chitra Ahanthem, Nongmai Maibam, Milan Sanji, and Salam Santosh
Production Assistance: Goro Hajarimaym, Premananda Nongthombam – Taret studio, Imphal, India.
Music: Mayanglambam Mangangsana

Ryan Anderson is a filmmaker and storyteller. He leads OXLAEY, a not-for-profit preserving Asia's cultural heritage through multimedia. You can see more at