Rijeka’s Art Cinema audience was offered a unique opportunity to peek into the rich film archive of the Simone de Beauvoir Center (Paris, France) on October 25, with a screening of feminist films. The selection of short films was just a cross-section of the archive that represents women in extremely different and yet typical, unenviable life circumstances and social aspects. First of all, there was a documentary dedicated to the author of the anthology, The Second Sex
, Simone de Beauvoir, from the director Michel Brault. Then films showing the strike of prostitutes, the illegal abortion period in France that lasted until 1971, a documentary about women’s personal choice of birth control, a film about sexist upbringing of children, a film about women doing valued jobs (engineers, software designers, meteorologists) and a film about a course in women’s self-defense in the eighties.
An astonishing array of short films took the audience through questioning the status of women in today’s society, whose question is refracted and repeated not only for decades, but over a longer period of time.