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|02.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4|
Female virginity. The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting it. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical definition for it. And 50 years after the sexual revolution, it continues to define young women’s morality and self-worth. This hilarious, eye-opening, occasionally alarming documentary uses the filmmaker’s own path out of virginity to explore its continuing value in our otherwise hypersexualized society. Layering verité interviews and vintage sex-ed films with candid self-reflection and wry narration, Shechter reveals myths, dogmas and misconceptions behind this ‘precious gift’. Sex educators, porn producers, abstinence advocates, and outspoken teens share their own stories of having – or not having – sex.
Therese Shechter is an American director, writer and cinematographer. Shechter’s first feature documentary, I Was a Teenage Feminist (2005), has screened from Stockholm to Delhi to Rio to Seoul, and won Best Film at the New York Jewish Women’s Film Festival and was given a Special Mention at the Karachi Film Festival in Pakistan. Her short documentary How I Learned to Speak Turkish (2006) won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Atlanta Film Festival.
How to Lose Your Virginity
2013, 66', video
Anneliese Paull, Ruben O’Malley, Jenna Rosher
Dina Guttmann, Marin Sander-Holzman
Stephen Thomas Cavit
Therese Shechter, Lisa Esselstein
Festivals & Awards:
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2013; DOC NYC 2013; St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
2013; Film Festival for Women’s Rights 2013; Cucalorus Film Festival 2013
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