#Female Pleasure

a film by Barbara Miller

#Female Pleasure

Switzerland, Germany | 2018 | 97:00 min

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#FEMALE PLEASURE embarks on a journey to discover the remaining obstacles that stand in the way of female sexuality in the 21st century. In the context of the world religions, courageous women break their silence regarding one of the greatest mysteries and taboos of our time: female pleasure.
The film spans the globe to accompany five extraordinary women, revealing their successful battle for a relaxed and balanced relationship between women and men, as well as for self-determined and fulfilling sexuality. (CAT&Docs)

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. (DOK Leipzig, Lukas Stern)
among others
IDFA Central Pitch
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
special award of interreligious jury - 61 DOK Leipzig, Germany
IDFA Amsterdam
ROMY - Best Documentary, TV and Filmaward Austria
26 Hot Docs Toronto
57 New York Film Festival

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  • Director Barbara Miller
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