Auteuse Theory: a blog on women’s cinema

Auteuse Theory is a blog run by Eylem Atakav and Melanie Williams, two lecturers in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia. Their aim is to encourage people to “think about and write about a range of films made by women, from silent re-discoveries to the latest releases, from activist documentaries to mainstream Hollywood features, taking in examples from across the globe, whether famous or obscure.”
In terms of varied, accessible, yet in-depth film analysis, it is a source I would definitely recommend following regularly. I am therefore quite proud to have had a guest post published there today about Mimi Chakarova’s documentary “The Price of Sex.”the-price-of-sex

For that and a great deal more, I suggest you check the blog out – for now though, here’s the intro of what I wrote…

[Abstract]

The Price of Sex (Chakarova, 2011)

The opening of The Price of Sex hits you hard like a punch to the gut. 

“What were the first words [of English you learned]?”

“How much? With or without [condoms]?”

If that weren’t enough, the statistic that 1.5million women are trapped in this living hell follows. That’s an estimate – the actual figure is almost certainly higher. The order of these exposures makes an important statement too. We’re presented with human tragedy before we hear the figures; so from the start we’re invited to see statistics as millions of individual horror stories, rather than simply cold impersonal calculations. Before, the tales behind the numbers largely went unheard. Mimi Chakarova’s film changes that… [Read more here]

 

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