The Dilemma of Desire

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Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
LGBTQ+ Currents
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Release Year:2020
Runtime:108 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:The Film Collaborative
Director:Maria Finitzo
Executive Producer:Barbara Kopple
Hugh Schulze
Gordon Quinn
Producer:Maria Finitzo
Cynthia Kane
Diane Quon
Miriam Cutler
Cinematographer:Hillary Bachelder
Bing Liu
Adam Singer
Keith Walker
Editor:Liz Kaar
Composer:Miriam Cutler
Filmography:5 Girls (2001)
Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (2007)
In the Game (2014)


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A documentary exploring female sexual desire and the ways in which society both ignores and actively suppresses discussion of the clitoris and women’s desires, The Dilemma of Desire is certain to inspire, amuse and confront.

As the filmmakers note, “there can be no equality without equality of pleasure.” Too often political and religious forces keep women from expressing themselves sexually, and this in a modern world that celebrates men’s sexuality nearly everywhere. Noting that even the word “clitoris” is, for some, literally unspeakable, it is barely discussed even in sexual education programs from the most liberal schools As the filmmakers ask: “How different would our world look if women’s libidos were taken as seriously as men’s?”

Director Biography

Maria Finitzo

In her more than 25 years directing works for television and cinema, Maria Finitzo has won numerous accolades including two Peabody Awards. She is the director of the feature documentaries 5 Girls (2001), Aging Out (2004) which was directed with Roger Weisberg, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (2007), My Mother’s Idea (2011), In the Game (2014), and Those Left Behind (2016). The Dilemma of Desire (2020) is her most recent film.