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Filming Desire:
A Journey Through Women's Film
A film by Marie Mandy
France, 2000, 60 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W02761
“In this bold documentary Marie Mandy asks the question: how do women directors film love, desire, and, especially, sexuality? In rare interviews with many of the leading women directors working in the world today – including Sally Potter, Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat, Doris Dörrie, Deepa Mehta, Moufida Tlatli, Safi Faye, and Jane Campion – FILMING DESIRE: A JOURNEY THROUGH WOMEN'S CINEMA directly engages the sexual politics of cinematographic choice.

Powerfully illustrated with film clips from their own work, the directors discuss the reality of an explicit women’s point of view, the possibility of a women’s cinematic language, and the desire in their films to ‘fantasize and dream a new image of themselves’. While discussing how their depictions of sexuality and relationships are correctives, they also reflect on the sexual differences in selection of image, shot, and story. The film also provides a virtual anthology of the debates about the body, sexuality, power, and passion one sees in contemporary feminist and film theory: the body in representation and image; as a subject of censorship; as the vehicle of desire and love; as the contested ground of cinematic production; and as part of women’s identity and voice.

Explicit, funny and beautifully edited, FILMING DESIRE weaves an intriguing essay that is international in scope and reflective of the great diversity of women filmmakers. Essential viewing for classes in women’s studies, film studies, sexuality, body image, and feminist theory.” – Joseph Boles, Visiting Scholar, Center for Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr


  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • Films des Femmes, Creteil, France
  • Boston International Women's Film Festival
  • Seoul Women's Film Festival
  • Women with Vision Film Festival, MN
  • Women in Cinema, WA
  • Women's Film Festival, VT
  • Cinema Paradise Film Festival
  • Manchester Film Festival
  • Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival

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    "For its historical value and insightful retrospective of how female filmmakers have dealt with desire... and for the exquisite pleasure of seeing ‘how beautiful it is to make (female) bodies speak (dixit Cavani)’.”
    Chantal Nadeau
    Concordia University, Montreal

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    Filming Desire: is included in the following Special Collections.
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