I had assumed this film might be a little uncomfortably gender-biased, but boy (pun intended) was I wrong. Its director, Emmanuel Itier, has courageously and elegantly tip-toed a tight-rope-thin line to produce a film filled with balance and integrity. No doubt his gender had its perfect role to play in the process, and I applaud him.
Femme: Women Healing The World features influential women such as Sharon Stone (who also directed), Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Riane Eisler, Nobel Peace Prize Laureats Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, Rickie Lee Jones and Gloria Steinem. They discuss religion, science, history, politics and entertainment – and the solutions to the multiple crises we face throughout the world.
On the subject of business, it’s put forward that if women fight for their places in the boardroom, and all that means is that we have twice the amount of patriarchal leaders, then we haven’t achieved anything. I couldn’t agree more. We need women in positions of power who fully embody their feminine selves, rather than act from the misguided belief that in order to get ahead they must stomp around in patriarchal wolf skins.
Rather than swinging vicariously from one gender bias to another, this feature-length documentary argues that the matriarchal approach, when in its full integrity, is innately inclusive and gender-balanced. The film’s poignant close seems to rest on this idea; It’s not that the feminine doesn’t have power. It’s that we – both men and women – need to grow into the consciousness to embody it.
Is the new feminism a more balanced, inclusive affair? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on the Facebook page.
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