Barbara Miller's feature documentary #FEMALE PLEASURE portrays five courageous, smart and self-determined women, breaking the silence imposed by their archaic-patriarch societies and religious communities. With incredible strength and positive energy, Deborah Feldman, Leyla Hussein, Rokudenashiko, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav are fighting for sexual liberation and autonomy for women, beyond religious rules and cultural barriers. But their victory comes at a high price: they all have experienced public defamation, threats and prosecutions, have been excommunicated by the society they grew up in and even received death threats by religious leaders and fanatics. #FEMALE PLEASURE shows the universal mechanisms at work that determine the position of women until today, spanning cultures, religions and continents: from Japan and India and the Somali Muslim diaspora to the Hasidic community in Brooklyn and the Catholic clergy in Europe. All protagonists have come to the same conclusion: the...
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EUFF Review: #Female Pleasure (6 Stars)
#Female Pleasure is an eyeopener even for people who think they know all about the struggles of women in the 21st century. Out of the five stories documented here, the Tokyo and Kenyan ones are so startling you would think if such practices are still going on. And as per one of the persons, they still are. The topic of female genital mutilation (FGM) or sexual assault on children is as horrid as it sounds and the worst part is that it is prevalent not just in Middle Eastern or African countries. It's happening everywhere. The pressure from the society, the arresting grip of the government, and the uselessness of religions are the talking points here, all of which make sense. #Female Pleasure is a document that may require some good editing but it is still a valid debate opener and should be mandatory viewing for government officials, religious fanatics, and torchbearers of the society. I was thoroughly taken aback not because of the content but because of the opinions of one tantrik (priest) who tries to explain homophobia as a difference between Western and Indian cultures. Blood-curdling. TN.
(Watched and reviewed at its India premier at the 24th European Union Film Festival (EUFF India) in Mumbai.)
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