Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power


Grand Illusion Cinema Wed, Nov 2, 2022 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Thu, Nov 3, 2022 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Tue, Nov 29, 2022 7:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:
Release Year:2022
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nina Menkes
Cast:Rosanna Arquette
Sheila Frazier


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. Featuring interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary industry professionals.