Au bout de la rue (video)

Au bout de la rue (english subtitles available) – Maxime Gaudet

“A young woman is going back home after a party, she leaves her friends down her street when a man approaches her…”

With :
Claire Chust, Félix Armand, Zouheïr Zerhouni, Julien Monnin, Renaud Barrat, …
Music :
Like a Droid – Legacy (https://soundcloud.com/like-a-droid)

http://maximegaudet.com

Walking home (video)

Walking Home – Nuala Cabral

Experimental film about women experiencing sexual harassment in the street.

Nuala Cabral words about her video : “Experiencing and witnessing street harassment on a regular basis was the motivation for making this film.  Growing up I mostly ignored street harassment, but then found myself living in cities where ignoring street harassment was not always the safest response. I began to realize that navigating street harassment was like an art form, something many women and girls learn to do in order to stay safe and comfortable. Since making the film I have also been thinking more about how non-gender conforming individuals and LGBT folks are also forced to master this “art” of avoiding or responding to street harassment. […] I have found filmmaking to be an excellent tool to explore social issues and engage audiences in critical dialogue about how things are and how things could be. […] I knew I wanted to expand my audience beyond those who already recognize street harassment as a problem.  Encountering street harassment can feel alienating and lonely — even when bystanders are around and especially when bystanders say nothing. I hope the film speaks to this cross section of people because clearly we each have a role to play when it comes to ending street harassment.”

Oppressed Majority (video)

Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée – English Subtitles), by Eleonore Pourriat.

With Pierre Benezit, Marie-Lorna Vaconsin, Marie Favasuli, Céline Menville…
First song: Comme un garçon, by StereoTotal
Last theme: Pocket Harmony feat. Moïra Conrath

The film encourages the viewer to reflect on women’s daily experiences in today’s society. Eleonore Pourriat reversed gender roles as a way to confront men with women’s everyday reality. In her opinion “men – it’s not their fault – they don’t imagine that women are assaulted even with words every day, with small, slight words. They can’t imagine that because they are not confronted with that themselves.”

The strengh of this movie relies on the reversal between gender, enabling men to understand better the phenomenon.

You Ar My Duchess

Framed cross-stitch and embroidery on cotton and linen.

Inspired by the samplers part of the hope chest (a collection of materials given to the husband as part of dowry to demonstrate a woman’s talent), this collection is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of Elana Alder’s personal experience. The artist defines the body of sampler as “a contemporary and unexpected response to unsolicited and unwanted attention”.

http://www.elanaadler.com/index.php?/other-work/you-are-my-dutchess/

Catcalls Exhibit

This art exhibition about catcalling created by Jenga Mwendo took place in New York city in 2002. her idea came from her following suggestion : “we could open an exhibit where a man could walk through alone, and hear [catcalls] while the eyes of men leer at [him] from the walls.” after she experienced this kind of street harassment.
The multimedia exhibition included several components such as the “walk of shame” with images of men staring or catcalling the visitor as he walks through it; Jenga mwendo also printed examples of street harassment she experienced for a week and the artist Liza Jesse Peterson also read her poem “ice cream fiend” during the exhibition.

The plurality of media and the immersive aspect had a strong impact on visitors, making them feel what victims feel, but an exhibition is a one-time event, and it raises awareness only amongst visitors.

Lissa Jesse Peterson – Ice Cream Fiend

Article about the exhibition : http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/25/29/25_29catcalls.html