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Were the cities made for women? While the #MeToo Movement united sexual harassment victims throughout the world, this crucial documentary goes beyond and explicitly illustrates how the participation of women in open urban spaces is marked by insecurity. The film explores the public space as a place of violence—especially sexual harassment—and analyzes how campaigns promoted by activists and feminists have changed power relationships between men and women in the streets and on the Internet in Brazil.
Enough With Catcalling follows Raquel, Rosa, and Teresa, in three different Brazilian cities, who share with us their experiences with catcalling. The film also includes insightful footage from hidden cameras worn by women in their day to day life, as well as eye-opening conversations between specialists and men about harassment, body image, and masculinity.
Fernanda Frazão is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. She graduated in Audiovisual Communication from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and the University of Coruña (UDC), Spain. In 2011 she produced the short film Ama- vos uns aos loucos, about the stereotypes of schizophrenia and its relationship with consumer society. She works as a freelancer in development, direction and creation in multimedia content and integrates News Screens’ core at O2 Filmes, the biggest production house in Brazil, as creative director in new formats, interactive and digital content. Frazão works at the intersection of several media as a creative platform to tell stories in the themes related to gender and society. She directed her first feature documentary Chega de Fiu Fiu (2018) about sexual harassment against women in public spaces in Brazil, in partnership with the feminist organization Think Olga.
“We are instantly thrust into the skin-crawling sense of fear that many women feel walking through the streets alone at night.” – Jezebel
“Street harassment 'represents the objectification of women, the hyper-sexualization of women, the lack of autonomy that women have over our own bodies, and the idea that a woman is not a public being.'” – Juliana de Faria, Founder, Think Olga
“The film shows how we are systematically excluded from the debate about city. The characters in the film have this in common: no one feels at ease in the public space. Neither of them feels safe or belonging to the city. In addition to this complaint, I see the documentary as an educational project - the idea is to transform it into a tool with universities and schools so that we can think together about a change.” – Juliana de Faria, Founder, Think Olga
Think Olga is a feminist organization that aims to empower women through information. In 2013 launched the Enough With Catcalling campaign, the first to combat sexual harassment in public places in Brazil. In the same year, it launched a questionnaire in which more than 7,000 women responded on harassment and other sexual violence, and a collaborative map to identify the major risk areas of cities for women.
“Obstacles such as lack of lighting, poor places, difficulty in mobility, long distances from home to work, lack of day-care centers and poor service in health and safety continue as visible and invisible blocks of women’s access to cities. Such barriers reveal how cities were built without the gender perspective and further aggravate the violence suffered by women, such as harassment. The film is a portrait of this gender violence in a context still very little explored: public space. The question we ask ourselves throughout the film is ‘what is the place of women in the cities?”
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