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Muslim Woman Talk about Sex

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Muslim Woman Talk about Sex

Synopsis

Today what is left of the Arabian Nights? What is left of Sherazade and her sensuality ? Is there a topic for women more taboo than sex in the Arab-Muslim culture ?
Have we ever really heard Arab-Muslim women talking freely and openly of their sexuality out of the gynoecium or Turkish baths? Yet, today in France (with the group called "Ni Putes Ni Soumises" or "Neither Bitch nor Submissive") in Germany (especially since the murder of Theo Van Ghog) and in every Arab-Muslim country some women struggle for their freedom and therefore they sometimes put themselves in danger. They claim "the right to control their own body". Obviously their sexuality is the focus of the fundamentalists¿ madness and rage. Indeed, free speech may come with a very high cost : death threat, families tearing apart, flight, repudiation¿ Therefore this film is a challenge. The director, a woman of Arab-Muslim origin, spent several months casting women who have the courage to testify. She came up with about ten women who tell us about their sensuality, their love life, their lovemaking, their blossoming, their wishes, their pain, their pleasure. Either openly or hiding their face, they share part of their intimate life. Their words are accompanied by authors such as Malek Chebel, (expert on sensuality in Islam) who revisits the story of Muhammad or the tales of a Thousand and One nights and reveals a world of pleasure that we have completely forgotten. It deals more precisely with women¿s relation to pleasure.¿ We notably meet Fatima who is 44 years old. Before she settled in France, Fatima lived in Morocco. She has always defended her right to pleasure and she remembers trying to open her cousins¿ eyes at the time: "Somehow I was furious. In Morocco, I would say : girls we¿ve got to wake up". For others who live in a traditional milieu, the first decisive step in a woman¿s life is the inevitable honeymoon which is often arranged by families. This honeymoon often marks woman¿s complete sexual submission to man, causing a real trauma. Behind the words lies all the difficulty that these women encounter to build up their sexuality in an environment where they were born as "lifelong minors". This film presents women proving an extraordinary courage. But it also shows that their struggle still has a long way to go.

Format
16:9 - HD/SD
Category
Religion - Social/Human Stories
Original Language
French
Country of Origin
France
Year of Production
2005
Tag Words
Community - Documentaries - Religion - Sexuality - Society - Women

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