by GREG KING
Australian filmmaker Kitty Green’s fascinating documentary looks at the members of FEMEN, the infamously topless female protestors of Ukraine. The women talk about life in their country as they shower off their slogans and tell of their horrific treatment at the hands of the authorities while inspecting their bruises. The treatment of Ukrainian women – more often viewed as whores than as humans – is their main bone of contention. And about 90% of Ukrainian girls do not know about feminism or what it means. Driven by a need for empowerment, the FEMEN women find strength in going topless and walking down the street in G-strings. Such defiance has a price though. The disturbing question, however, is just who is controlling their campaign? In her debut feature-length documentary, which earned a special mention at the Venice Film Festival, Green displays a deft hand in intimately revealing both the courage and vulnerability of these self-described naked warriors against patriarchy.
To find out more about the film, Greg King spoke with director Kitty Green for his Movies At Dusk program.
To hear the interview click on the link below:
Ukraine Is Not A Brothel screens at Hoyts Cinemas Melbourne Central as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival on Friday August 1 @ 9.30pm and again on August 7 @ 9.00pm.