So this week at work we had a film screening & discussion evening based around a short documentary produced last year called Il Corpo delle Donne - Women's bodies. It is a very personal examination of the way contemporary Italian TV depicts women. The film-makers chose to focus only on entertainment shows rather than drama/soaps, news or criticism, all of which might have been equally worth of attention, but which probably fill less time than the endless entertainment shows. I REALLY REALLY urge you to go & watch this film: it is only about 25 minutes long and I think it is very powerful and important.
Contrary to what some people appear to believe I am no ranting feminist, and indeed am very frequently a severe disappointment to more feminist friends and colleagues. But this film had a really extraordinary effect on me. By the end - and the end is particularly shocking - I felt literally nauseous with rage, a kind of boiling sickness in my stomach.
The film-makers are taking this documentary around the country and organising what I suppose are kind of 'media literacy' classes for high school students, encouraging them to challenge what they see and unpick the implications. The director recounted some very interesting reactions from 17-18 old students, both male & female, which were at least encouraging. I don't want to post up all our discussion though before you see the film. Come and leave me a comment after you've watched it if you like.
with English subtitles: