“In order for women to become fully human, both in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, we need to revolutionize the unspoken formal rules of visual representation.” --Nina Menkes
Based on Nina Menkes's celebrated talk, "SEX AND POWER: THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF OPPRESSION," BRAINWASHED (working title), a feature doc, uses film clips from A-list directors from 1940 through the present to show how the visual grammar of cinema contributes to conditions that create discriminatory hiring practice, pay inequity and the pervasive environment of sexual harassment and assault that characterize the film industry and our culture at large.
Still from Blade Runner 2049
While #Metoo addresses sexual violence in the workplace and #Timesup provides resources and advocacy for equity in the workplace, BRAINWASHED discusses the assumptions hidden within the visual language which surrounds us, constantly. Nina’s cinematic talk blows the cover off our unconscious biases and provides a language to address the underlying beliefs and assumptions which give rise to the denigration of women on multiple levels.