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Female Pleasure

dir. Barbara Miller, 101 min., Germany, Switzerland, 2018, Bulgarian and English subtitles

The film is in the programme with the support of the Swiss Embassy

“Female Pleasure” portrays five courageous, smart and self-determined women, breaking the silence imposed by their archaic-patriarch societies and religious communities. Deborah Feldman, Leyla Hussein, Rokudenashiko, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav talk about the objectivization of the female body and its exploration by different cultures. Their courage however comes at a high price: they all have experienced public defamation, threats and prosecutions by power and religious groups. These five women fight for women’s autonomy and sexual liberation all over the world. They decided to speak up in order to break the humiliating and subordinating religious and cultural role model rules assigned to women. 

The film is part of the official festival selections at IDFA, Dok Leipzig, Semaine de la Critique - Cannes, Locarno Film Festival. 

About the director:

Първоначалната идея на Милър е да направи филм за жени от Miller's original idea was to make a film about women of different religions. During the process of making the film, Miller realized that she needed to dig deeper into the role of religion in women’s lives. She read different sacred books and saw a clear pattern in those texts which demonized the female body, presenting women as sinners who have come to this world through sin because of their sexuality. Miller believes she should not be asked about her film being antireligious, but about looking at religion through a system or institution that could be misused and oppress women around the world.

Special event: 12 December (Saturday) 16:00 Online discussion with with Svetla Baeva and Raya Raeva, authors of an illustrated book on sexual health for girls.

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