Tuesday , May 30 2023

Cinema: a challenge against the suppression of women's lust


The film "Female Pleasure" by Vintert Barbara Miller talks about how the female body is systematically suppressed, cracked or even mutilated around the world. And how are five women fighting very differently.

Katja Fischer De Santi / Interview: Geri Krebs

One of the protagonists of the film is the Somali woman Leila Hussein, who must live under constant police protection. (Image: Filmcoopi)

One of the protagonists of the film is the Somali woman Leila Hussein, who must live under constant police protection. (Image: Filmcoopi)

There is also former New York Doris Wagner, who was raped in the monastery – after her physical and femininity was previously denied. There is Deborah Feldman, who grew up in the Orthodox Jewish sect in New York, with the idea that her body is so sinful that he does not even see it "even the way" – for example, when clothes change. She was a forced marriage, sexually abused at the age of 17, had a child and decided to go with her to a deeply feminized community. There is a Japanese artist Rokudenashiko, who provokes a conservative Japanese society with the art of the vulva and is accused of obscenity. At the same time, the shinto rituals are fully accepted in the country, where they all suck on the penises of the penis, and a huge phallus is carried in the procession.

These three women and two other fighters portray Winterthur's scriptwriters Barbara Miller in "Women's Satisfaction". It's never too comfortable. Based on five women, the film shows that in all parts of the world, and most of all in the name of tradition, female sex is mutated, tabooed, criminalized, abused and controlled. (KAF)

Barbara Miller, is your movie an attack on world religions, all of which endanger female sexuality?

I can quote one of my protagonists, Leila Hussein from Somalia. In the film he says: <Они који нас тлачују праксу патријархата као универзалне религије.> I think it summarizes the essence: ignorance, contempt, and complete control over women and their bodies is not a characteristic of a certain religion.

One of her protagonists is a Muslim Somali woman, Leila Hussein, who, as a child, has wiped out genitals with the fastest history. It is now emphasized in the film, this mocking is not really an Islamic tradition. Was it a precautionary measure because of the fear of radical Islamists?

The real threats of Lyle Hussein by radical Islamists are reality. She is the only one of the five women who live under permanent police protection. But you are right: they were certainly worried. I originally planned an Egyptian artist as a protagonist in the film. But this incredibly brave woman made so provocative statements and acted directly against her religious community, that I realized: If I integrate them into the film, not only myself, but all the protagonists for the rest of my life live under police protection.

The movie has a word of lust in the title, but it is actually more of a challenge to counter the lust.

Of course, the title was a deliberate decision. I wanted to put the right to self-determined female sexuality in the center. We women have the same right to enjoy sexual satisfaction as men. Fortunately, this is something that fortunately has brought about a growing awareness of men and women in our western culture over the past several decades – but unfortunately this is not the case in much of the world.

Movement between each other showed that this consciousness is sometimes not even close to the Western world. How far do you work on the film when the debate began in October 2017?

I just started working on the cut, everything is off. So, you can not say that I jumped on the gang and that MeToo has not yet affected my movie. I also think that "#Great Pleasure" is only partially about the debate, where the question is how women – and even men – should deal with abuse and generally with negative aspects of sexuality. To get rid of the feeling of complicity and shame and to publicly announce the experience and responsibility of the perpetrators.

However, in her film, one of the protagonists, former journalist Doris Wagner of Germany, deals with concrete, serious attacks. She was raped by a priest. She made the case publicly, went to the Pope, but did not respond. What do you think?

This pope has an excellent reputation. He is a reformer who would want so much to change if only the structures in the Catholic church were different. I mean, honestly, because of the excuses, because I'm convinced that it could do much more and change, if only because it wants. Also, because my movie is now in theaters, Doris Wagner sent a letter to another letter as a call for dialogue. A week ago she finally got the answer. It's very close: Thank you for the letter. The Pope received a letter. A: Pray for the Pope!> It's all talk.

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