Ukraine Is Not a Brothel – The FEMEN Story is a new documentary that shows protests in Ukraine that have taken a bold, new post-feminist dimension of nudity to highlight the sexual oppression and exploitation experienced by so many Ukraine women. Sextremism, Pussy Riot, and the details of the message are discussed with director Kitty Green, who shares the trailer for the film with us from SXSW 2014 and gives us the first look at the incredible film that is at the center of the world’s attention on BYOD.
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Kitty Green – UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL: Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation Femen has created a media frenzy across Europe, but before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must confront the dark and perverse forces that power their organisation.
Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation, Femen, has stirred up a press frenzy across Europe. Outraged by the worlds image of Ukrainian women as either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism, Femen bare their breasts in protest to disrupt this perception and agitate against these brutal patriarchal forces. Now, for the first time, ‘Ukraine Is Not A Brothel’ offers an intimate glimpse into the worlds most provocative feminist organization. A movement that began in the snow-filled streets of a corrupt, post-Soviet Ukraine, Femen’s naked war against patriarchy is gaining momentum across Europe, but before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must first come to terms with the sometimes contradictory forces and motives that powered their movement’s rise to international prominence.
Kitty Green graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her graduating short film ‘Spilt’ premiered at the Brisbane International Film Festival and screened at festivals internationally, picking up awards for its ‘provocative’ nature. After graduating, Kitty worked at ABC on ‘Art Nation’ and ‘Artscape’, shooting, editing, and producing documentary content for national broadcast.
Kitty spent the last year in her grandmother’s native Ukraine filming with the women of Ukraine’s topless feminist movement ‘Femen’. Her protest footage was screened by news media outlets all over the globe. Kitty’s abduction by the KGB, whilst filming a Femen protest in Belarus, make headlines both in Australia and internationally. ‘Ukraine is not a Brothel’ is Kitty’s feature debut.
00:01 UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL, with Kitty Green.
00:44 Getting inspired to make the film.
02:35 FEMEN, Pussy Riot and owning sexuality as a women.
07:25 SXSW 2014.
11:00 Advice to doc makers.
12:04 UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL, Trailer.