DOK Leipzig Film Festival

#Female Pleasure

#Female Pleasure

Women are subordinate to men. They are born sinful and have no legal claim to their own body. Misogyny is more than a phenomenon observed across continental divides all over the world and in some cases the cause of abuse and crime. It is structurally inscribed – literally – into the core of all social systems founded on religious beliefs. In the bible, for example, we read: “I find woman more bitter than Death […] The man who is pleasing to God eludes her.”

In this lucid film, which takes a global perspective, five female protagonists talk about misogynistic behaviour they experienced, hostilities they were exposed to, crimes committed against them. Rokudenashiko, a Japanese artist, is on trial for the obscenity of her art. Deborah Feldman escaped with her son from a Hassidic community in Brooklyn, leaving her husband to whom she was forcibly married. Leyla Hussein, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav talk about rape and mutilation, lack of legal protection, homophobia, shame and the strange feeling that one’s sexuality and body are associated with sin from birth.

Lukas Stern

Awarded with the Special Prize of the Interreligious Jury

Original Title: #Female Pleasure
Country: Switzerland, Germany
Year: 2018
Language: English, German, Japanese
Subtitle: German
Runtime: 97 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Barbara Miller
Producer: Philip Delaquis, Arek Gielnik
Cinematographer: Anne Misselwitz, Gabriela Betschart, Akiba Jiro
Editor: Isabel Meier
Music: Peter Scherer
Sound: Tom Weber
Script: Barbara Miller

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