Trailer: The Brainwashing of Nina Menkes: Sex-Camera-Power
Independent filmmaker Nina Menkes (queen of diamonds, The bloody child, ghost love) returns with Brainwashing: Sex-Camera-Power, a documentary that uses excerpts from hundreds of films to demonstrate the ubiquity of the male gaze in the mainstream cinematic canon – and the real-world misogyny that Menkes believes these portrayals encourage. Originally conceived as a presentation the filmmaker gave at film festivals or as standalone talks, the documentary takes footage from films like vertigo, Once upon a time… in Hollywood and Titanium to make his case. The film also features an array of prominent women and non-binary industry figures speaking out on the issue, including Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke, Eliza Hittman and Rosanna Arquette.
Menkes has long been a supporter of women’s rights, particularly as it relates to the male-dominated media landscape. In 2017, she wrote an article for Director titled “The Visual Language of Oppression: Harvey Didn’t Work in a Vacuum,” detailing the widespread abuse that plagued the entertainment industry long before the allegations against Weinstein became the catalyst for the #MeToo movement.
Brainwashing had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year. It will be released theatrically by Kino Lorber on October 21, with engagements scheduled at DCTV’s New Firehouse Cinema in New York and Laemmle in Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.