Pushing Boundaries

Masters and Slaves
(MAÎTRES ET ESCLAVES)

Bernard Debord
France 2001 | 84 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Bernard Debord
Although the gov­ern­ment denies it, slav­ery still exists today in Niger. The feudal soci­ety of nomadic tribes recog­nis­es two class­es: the mas­ters who own the ani­mals and tents, and the … read more

Purity
(TEHORA)

Anat Zuria
Israel 2002 | 63 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Anat Zuria

Israeli film­mak­er Anat Zuria exam­ines the “Tharat Hamish­pa­ha” (family purity), the ancient laws and rit­u­als which shape wom­en’s lives and sex­u­al­i­ty within Jewish Ortho­doxy, giving a subtle voice to female rebel­lion within the reli­gious world. Zuria presents her own expe­ri­ences adher­ing to Ortho­dox prac­tices, as well as those of her friends Natal­ie, Katie and Shira. At the heart of their sto­ries is the “nidda” - a ten to twelve day period restrict­ing women from touch­ing or engag­ing in sexual inti­ma­cy with their hus­bands, which cul­mi­nates with a trip to the “mikve” (cleans­ing baths). Their open­ness in front of the camera breaks a pro­found taboo of silence rooted in 2000-year-old laws, as they speak of the rigid­i­ty and con­fines of Ortho­dox rit­u­als. Beau­ti­ful­ly incor­po­rat­ing lyri­cal and med­i­ta­tive images with inter­views, “Purity” presents the hidden strug­gle of reli­gious women to main­tain their cul­tur­al tra­di­tions and indi­vid­ual needs within the frame­work of strict reli­gious law. The topic has barely ever been doc­u­ment­ed on film. 

RUNAWAY

Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Great Britain 2001 | 87 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Female direc­tors Kim Longinot­to and Ziba Mir-Hos­sei­ni, who pre­vi­ous­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed on the mem­o­rable doc­u­men­tary DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, are back in Teheran. This time they are vis­it­ing a centre for girls … read more

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET

Kim Longinotto
Great Britain 2002 | 92 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET is a grip­ping fea­ture doc­u­men­tary by acclaimed film­mak­er Kim Longinot­to (DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE AND RUNAWAY) that exam­ines the prac­tice of female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion in … read more