#Female Pleasure


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 5:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Switzerland
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Gender & Sexuality
Love & Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Barbara Miller
Producer(s):Philip Delaquis
Editor(s):Isabel Meier
Cinematography:Anne Misselwitz
Gabriela Betschart
Akiba Jiro
Composer:Peter Scherer


Five women from five countries call bullsh*t on the lack of autonomy over their bodies. Refusing to live within the constraints of religiously or culturally enforced rules, they launch highly personal protests that cost them dearly. Manga artist and performer Rokudenashiko makes vulva art and is arrested in Japan. Facing expulsion from her Hasidic community in Brooklyn, Deborah Feldman takes her baby and runs. Leyla Hussein dares British men to simulate the female circumcision she endured with clay and scissors. In India, Vithika Yadav defies daily street harassment by championing female sexual pleasure online. Doris Wagner was raped in her German convent and now fights sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Through testimony and activism, these women demonstrate that it's neither religious nor cultural patriarchies that shame the female body and prohibit gender equality, but misogyny itself. Outrageous and courageous, #Female Pleasure is an inventive feminist primer for the millennial age. Myrocia Watamaniuk

The Changing Face of Europe program presented in partnership with European Film Promotion (EFP).

Additional Information

  • NOW - 3 Stars, "Timely and necessary."
  • POV - "Succeeds most when its subjects bring men into not only the conversation, but into the activism as well."