Film Screening: #FEMALE PLEASURE, Switzerland, 2018
#FEMALE PLEASURE: Five cultures, Five women, One story
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 female body is subjected to male lust and first and foremost meant for procreation, without any regard for female sexual pleasure and autonomy. These women decided to speak up and are the ultimate example on how courage, strength and zest for life can indeed alter societal structures.
The film is in English, German, and Japanese with English subtitles.
This film has not been rated for US audiences. Viewer discretion advised.
This screening is sponsored by the Swiss Consulate General in Atlanta, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, the German Studies Program, and the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Tennessee.
- The film has won several international awards
- Official website (listing all US screenings in fall 2019)
- Official Trailer (English subtitles)
- Press Kit (English)
- Press Kit (German)
- US premiere: Oct. 18, 2019 in New York
US Press coverage (selected reviews from Oct. 2019)
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:45pm
John C Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium (on the first floor)
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN