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Naked War : Femen as seen by Bettina Rheims

  • France
  • 2017
  • fr
  • English
  • 22'

What happens when a couple of dozen Femen meet the iconoclastic eye of Bettina Rheims? Memorable sessions in the studio, moments of unique insight into this feminist movement created in Ukraine in 2008, whose scope is now international. Bettina Rheims knows how to listen to these women, to reveal their strength, their sensitivity and their beauty, transforming these political and media actions into artistic work.

Naked War : Femen as seen by Bettina Rheims
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Synopsis

What happens when a couple of dozen Femen meet the iconoclastic eye of Bettina Rheims? Memorable sessions in the studio, moments of unique insight into this feminist movement created in Ukraine in 2008, whose scope is now international. Bettina Rheims knows how to listen to these women, to reveal their strength, their sensitivity and their beauty, transforming these political and media actions into artistic work.

What you will find in this film

A special moment with the Femen • Bettina Rheims at work • Bodies that talk • Rare testimonies from Femen from all over the world • Bettina Rheims' views on the movement • The importance of political commitment to Bettina Rheims • One of the founders of Femen, Inna Shevchenko • Breathtaking shoots • The great Femen slogans • A work that blends the artistic with the political

In life, I'm not naked, I'm dressed in a slogan and my anger.

Film chapters

summary00:00 Genesis 

summary02:52 A victory over the body

summary06:38 Creating images

summary13:06 Letting the body speak

summary16:30 Forming a single voice

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Further exploration

• DÉTENUES - artist: Bettina Rheims ; author: Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen ; introduction: Robert Badinter ; 2018 ; Gallimard ; French

• BETTINA RHEIMS: CO - directed by Patrick Remy ; 2017 Taschen ; multilingual

• GENDER STUDIES - artist: Bettina Rheims ; 2014 ; Steidl Verlag ; with a CD

• CHAMBRE CLOSE - artist: Bettina Rheims ; author: Serge Bramly ; 2007 ; Schirmer Mosel 

• SHANGHAÏ - artist: Bettina Rheims ; author: Serge Bramly ; 2004 ; PowerHouse Books

• FEMALE TROUBLE - artist: Bettina Rheims ; introduction: Catherine Deneuve ; 2002 ; Schirmer Mosel 

• I.N.R.I. - artist: Bettina Rheims ; author: Serge Bramly ; 1999 ; The Monacelli Press 

• MODERN LOVERS - artist: Bettina Rheims ; 1998 ; Edition Braus