Things get uncomfortable in this program, where certain stories are treated as taboo. We see individuals empowering and liberating themselves – from their bodies, their families and the constraints of society. When a head of cauliflower awakes first desire, a mother wishes to remain forever silent and religious concerns collide in the burning sky – then it's high time to hit the sauna or dance atop a crane.
Triggerwarning: explicit depiction or mention of physical, emotional or sexual violence
Dania Bdeir // France, Lebanon // 2021 // 15:42 min
Warsha follows Mohammad, a Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes. Away from everyone's eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.
Émilie Pigeard / Urška Djukić // Slovenia, France // 2021 // 13:00 min
Four older women reflect on their young years and how different relationships between men and women were back then. Their memories of their intimate lives illustrate the position of Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.
Jasmin Tenucci // Iceland, Brazil // 2021 // 16:17 min
While wildfires rage in the Amazon basin hundreds of kilometres away, young nurse Lucia begins to doubt her pregnancy. A favour for her ill grandmother takes her to a church, and to a charismatic young female minister.
Diana Ali Chire // United States // 2021 // 04:04 min
Experimental, Live Action
Inspired by the lives of forgotten Black female muses depicted in the masterpieces of the 18th and 19th centuries, historical paintings and voices decrying exclusion are blended into a tableau vivant. An ode to the Black woman and her voice.
Lara Perren / Anna Lena Spring // Switzerland // 2021 // 04:19 min
Ava enters the sauna for the first time. She is overwhelmed by the nudity, her thoughts and the physical sensations. The other guests go about their routines. With the rising heat Ava starts to relax. Finally, she melts away and dissolves into complete ecstasy.