22 March 2019.
FEMALE PLEASURE *** (vo German, English, Japanese)
The title is unfortunate – it seems like an unnecessary come-on for the public, for the film is actually about female pain and displeasure. Or rather the struggle for justice and equality in sexual matters by five women from five different cultures:
An American Jew, a German ex-nun, a daring Japanese artist, an African woman fighting FGM (female genital mutilation), and an Indian militant against a rampant rape culture – all five women have their stories to tell through Swiss director, Barbara Miller’s documentary.
Brave, passionate and daring, these are women repeating – each in their own manner – that females should have the right to ‘respect and consent’. As simple and basic as that – respect and consent in all matters concerning their beings and bodies.
The Northern and Western countries have come a long way, but it’s the South and East that need to be brought to fairness and justice. I know, for I am from Iran, where there is a semblance of respect for women, but not yet the justice and freedom necessary for an egalitarian society.
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Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.