Je suis FEMEN
Switzerland, 95 min
The feminist movement FEMEN, founded in Ukraine a few years ago, fights for the respect of the female body and against the corruption of the political powers-that-be. Oxana, one of these activists, is also an artist. Passionate about iconography, she devotes her talent to the movement she founded with Anna, Inna and Sasha. An encounter with a protagonist of our times.
There’s more to the Femen movement than topless protesting. Known in the western world for their antics that are aimed at raising awareness against the increasing rate of sexism and religious fundamentalism and fanaticism, these fearless freedom fighters have ruffled more than a fair share of political feathers. Build around the energies of Oxana, the group has managed to stir up controversies and even raise a keen interest from the fashion world and international media. With their special brand of post-modern feminist activism, they have managed to become a thorn in the side of Mr. Putin’s Russia. Outspoken, provocative and sexy, their ascension to notoriety has been unstoppable. Much to the dismay of those who like their citizens holed up at home in front of a tv set. Director Alain Margot tackles the reality of Femen with a great deal of curiosity and passion. Oxana opens up and reveals details from her life and about her ambitions. An artist and a passionate woman who was even tempted to join a convent, she embodies the complexities of those women trying to play by their own rules.
Giona A. Nazzaro