UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL

UCRAINA NU-I BORDEL


Australia / Ukraine, 2013, 88'
Kitty Green

ORIGINAL TITLE

UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL


CATEGORY

Rebels with a cause

SYNOPSIS

They are blonde, beautiful, and half-naked. They protest against patriarchy by baring their (incidentally, gorgeous) breasts. Authorities try to destabilize them. The police beat them. Their parents feel for them. Men from all over the world sponsor them. A gentleman ‘in the lingerie business’ commissions them. On top of everything else, they are exposed as being led by a man who masterminds all of their protests. 
Welcome to the tribulations of sensational feminist group Femen! As political manifestos go, theirs is rather eye catching. In a country where men just want to see naked, sexy women, and in a world that stereotypes Ukrainian women as commodities of sex tourism, even feminists need to reconsider their weapons. Ukraine is Not a Brothel is an intelligent glimpse into the private life of the world's most flamboyant feminist organisation, by a first-time film-maker who embedded herself inside Femen for almost two years, trying to respond to some very pressing questions: Are they more than ‘puppet –activists’ or ‘political porn’ – as the press has labelled them? Should they be praised or dismissed as activists? Is it hypocritical or just one of the paradoxes of the present that a woman who spends her days protesting as Femen has to spend her nights dancing for sex tourists? The recent international protests organized by the group have already offered some good answers, but you must see the film to understand where Femen come from.

FULL PROGRAM

20 March, 16:00, Cinema Studio

21 March, 22:00, Cinema Studio

VO

Ukrainean

SUBTITLES

English, Romanian

PRODUCER

Noise and Light

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2013

BFI FF, London, UK, 2013

IDFA, Netherlands, 2013

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