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by Nina Menkes
Based on Nina Menkes’ acclaimed talk “Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Cinema,” Brainwashed is a mesmerizing journey into how shot design intersects with twin epidemics of sexual abuse/ assault and employment discrimination against women. Containing over 175 film clips, this will unalterably change the way we view and make movies.
Producer & Director: Nina Menkes
Editor: Cecily Rhett
Director of Photography: Shana Hagan, ASC
Composer: Sharon Farber
Executive Producers: Tim Disney, Susan Disney Lord, Abigail Disney
Co-producers: Maria Giese, Guo Guo, Summer Xinlei Yang, Sandra de Castro Buffington
Creative Producers: Inka Rusi, Cecily Rhett
Presented by Menkesfilm with additional support from EOS World Fund and CalArts Center for New Performance
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER - NINA MENKES
Called “Brilliant, one of the most provocative artists in film today,” by The Los Angeles Times, and a “Cinematic Sorceress” by The New York Times, Menkes’ films synthesize inner dream worlds with brutal, outer realities. Her work has been shown widely in major international film festivals, including Sundance (four feature premieres), the Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, and MOMA in NYC. She has had numerous international retrospectives and her early work has been selected for restoration by the Academy Film Archive and Scorsese’s Film Foundation with funding from the Hobson Lucas Foundation. Menkes is a Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow and on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts.
SUNDANCE 2022〡BERLINALE 2022〡CPH:DOX 2022〡JEONJU IFF 2022〡DOCAVIV 2022〡ENCOUNTERS 2022〡KARLOVY VARY 2022〡SARAJEVO 2022〡AMBULANTE 2022〡BFI LONDON FF 2022〡VIENNALE 2022〡IDFA 2022
"Eye-opening... will forever change how you look at films."
- Kate Erbland, IndieWire
"A good hard look at the male gaze... Brainwashed is a bracing blast of critical rigour, taking a clear, cool look at the unexamined assumptions behind what we see on the screen."
-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Eye-opening, to say the least."
- David Fear, Rolling Stone
“Menkes is a real no-bullshit breath of fresh air... Vigorous"
- Finn Halligan, Screen Daily
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