“Kitty Green’s fascinating documentary offers a nuanced, thoughtful portrait of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen.” – Variety
Australian director Kitty Green reveals the world of Femen, the Ukrainian feminist group famous for its topless protests, in this compelling documentary debut which won her a special mention at the 70th Venice Film Festival.
After living with Femen members for 14 months in a crumbling Soviet apartment on the outskirts of Kiev, Green unfolds the story of how this neo-Situationist group came together, aiming initially to combat Ukraine’s image as the sex-trafficking and prostitution hub of Europe. She witnesses the often shocking consequences of their peaceful dissent, much like the fate of their sisters in protest, Pussy Riot. A darker twist threads through the film as she uncovers who really is at the helm of the organisation, contradicting the very ideologies that Femen stands for.
Green has created a beautifully cinematic and wonderfully layered mystery that is subtle, intimate and often disquieting.