70th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Out of Competition
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel reveals the truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation Femen. A movement that began in the snow-filled streets of a corrupt, post-Soviet Ukraine, Femen’s naked war against patriarchy has taken the European media by storm. An intimate look into the lives of these women, however, and the bizarre revelation of the patriarchal forces that power this organization, prove that these titillating activists aren’t the “fiery feminists” they claim to be.
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language: Ukrainian, Russian - s/t English, Italian
I first read about Femen in a discarded tabloid newspaper whilst on a trip to my grandmother’s native Ukraine. The caption read, “Topless Feminists” and I was immediately curious. For a year I shared a two-bedroom Soviet apartment with five Femen activists, shooting protests and getting arrested with them, slowly earning their trust. The truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist movement has yet to be revealed in any of the thousands of press articles about Femen. Ukraine Is Not a Brothel is a shocking glimpse into the secret lives of these bold and beautiful women. It is a film that speaks volumes about the brutal strength of patriarchal culture throughout the Eastern bloc.