“Showing the vulva scares off bears and lions, makes wheat grow higher, calms the tides of storms, and petrifies demons. The devil runs away. Showing the vulva can save the world. The vulva is omnipotent.”
This powerful image of the female genitals is not based solely in our imagination. While nudity may no longer seem to be taboo, the presentation of the female genitals continues to irritate and has been subjected to various bans. Decades of digital retouching in the media, anti-pornography campaigns, and aniconistic bans have lead to a public image of the vulva that is far from reality. A concept of “ideal beauty through invisibility” prevails.
Directors Ulrike Zimmermann and Claudia Richarz present their comprehensive and non-sensationalist research into the history of the female anatomy from the 16th to the 21st century — from the risqué to the sad to the comical aspects — thereby celebrating the diversity of the female body.
A film about representation and modification of the female genital, about anatomical errors, censorship, mutilation through Photoshop and laser scalpels and, last but certainly not least, about the beauty and uniqueness of this female sensual pleasure organ.
With the participation of Mithu Sanyal, Claudia Gehrke, Laura Méritt, Wilfried Schneider, Angelika Beck, and many others.