According to her own words, War Zone is a direct response of a filmmaker and producer Maggie Hadleigh-West to the experiences of being involuntarily exposed, judged and assaulted that women are forced to go through on a everyday level. She did this by bringing those not hesitating to exercise their power on any occasion to publicly talk about it while she and her associates have been filming these spontaneous encounters.
In this personal and intimate documentary resulting from hundred of interviews that Hadleigh-West conducted with men and women across the United States, she managed to show how their different views on meaning of sex and gender are being a source of what she called war zone.
Some of her respondents were obviously annoyed, often reacting in arrogant if not a violent manner, while on the other occasions they’ve been simply revealing their own fears and insecurities in a funny and emotional way. This is the confirmation of Maggie’s talent to prove her point in her own and distinctive way, characterizing her other movies as well. One of the commentators of her work described it as a street credibility that she poses.
During this evening we would like to address the relationship between private and public space, love and politics and the problem of sexualized violence as a symptom of the structural mechanisms of power and hierarchies rooted in our contemporary societies. We would also like to discussion about the alternative politics to these practices that are unfortunately still present in our everyday surrounding.
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