Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 3 Thu, Dec 15, 2022 7:30 PM


Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 PM

Nina Menkes’


Members $10 | Public $15

“If the camera is predatory, then the culture is predatory.” In this eye-opening documentary, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design. Using clips from hundreds of movies we all know and love – from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread – Menkes convincingly makes the argument that shot design is gendered. Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power illuminates the patriarchal narrative codes that hide within supposedly “classic” set-ups and camera angles, and demonstrates how women are frequently displayed as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of male subjects. Building on the essential work of Laura Mulvey and other feminist writers, Menkes shows how these not-so-subtle embedded messages affect and intersect with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse and assault, as well as employment discrimination against women, especially in the film industry. The film features interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary industry professionals including Julie DashPenelope SpheerisCharlyne YiJoey SolowayCatherine HardwickeEliza HittmanMaria Giese, and Rosanna Arquette. The result is an electrifying call-to-action that will fundamentally change the way you see, and watch, movies. (USA, 2022, 107 min., color, DCP / Director: Nina Menkes)

“Nina Menkes’ eye-opening documentary will forever change how you look at films.” - Kate Erbland, Indiewire

"A documentary for any woman who ever wanted, even for a moment, to throw a grenade at the canon. Menkes is a real no-bullshit breath of fresh air. With a torch. And with any luck, she’s heading your way to set fire to something, soon." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

Still from Nina Menkes


Film poster for Nina Menkes