Anastasia Mikova, Yann Arthus-Bertrand
26 different languages
contributors: Peter Lindbergh, BANDALOOP, Paul Mignot, Denis Lagrange
Woman is a worldwide project giving a voice to 2000 women across 50 different countries. Despite its very large scale, the film offers an intimate portrait of those who constitute half of the humanity. It is an opportunity to shed light on the injustices women are subjected to all over the world, but what the film would like to underline most is the inner strength of women and their capacity to change the world despite all the difficulties they are facing. Based on first-person encounters, the project deals with topics such as motherhood, education, marriage or financial independence but also menstruations or sexuality. The public discovers the voices of women as you have never heard them before.
Some projects just come to you. This was the case for Woman. As we shot our previous film Human in 2012-2014, we were profoundly stirred by the testimonies of women. Although they were often shy or suspicious before each interview, they would let go of everything in front of the camera. Women needed to talk. But above all, they needed to be heard. This is how Woman was born. It was almost two years before the Weinstein affair and the rise of the #MeToo movement. What struck us most is the incredible resilience of women, their ability to stand up against all odds as if it was ‘in their DNA’ as one of them so aptly put it. By trusting us, these women have also given us a great responsibility: to ensure that their voices are finally heard, so that tomorrow those who represent half of the humanity will never be seen as ‘the weaker sex’ again.
PRODUCTION: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Fabienne Calimas, Jean-Yves Robin - Hope Production
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