• The Virgin Obsession

    The Virgin Obsession


The Virgin Obsession

a film by Güner Yasemin Balci

The Virgin Obsession

Germany | 2015 | 90:00 min

Original Title:
Der Jungfrauenwahn

Formal Categories

Coming of Age Society Human Rights

Content Categories

In Islam, as in many other religions, sex is forbidden outside of marriage. What does this mean for young Muslims who live in modern, western societies? How significant is virginity for young people from immigrant families? For young Muslims, sexual autonomy is a constant battle against the values handed down by their parents’ generation. This film focuses on psychologist Ahmad Mansour, lawyer and women’s rights activist Seyran Ateş, Femen activist Zana Ramadani and the young student Arife Yalniz. They have all struggled to achieve independence, and had to break with their families and friends – simply because they did not accept attitudes to morality which make sexuality punishable and are still preached in many mosques today, as they were 900 years ago. The film also shows that men are equally affected by these constraints. They are raised to uphold a perception of maleness that declares the man to be the guardian of the female members of his family and obliges him to reproduce these archaic role models. All this has its roots in the demonisation of female sexuality. “If the obsession with virginity could finally come to an end,” says Seyran Ateş, “then so too would this madness.”

90min or 58min || German or English version available
Cast and Crew
  • Director Güner Yasemin Balci
  • Producer Andrea Ufer
Original Languages


Production Company
HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion GbR
Apostel-Paulus-Str. 6a, 10823 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 84855000

Fax: +49 30 84855015

Dasselstr. 75-77, 50674 Köln

Phone: +49 221 16819743

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