Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

The Dilemma of Desire

Year: 2020
Run Time: 108 minutes

The Dilemma of Desire
The Dilemma of Desire
The Dilemma of Desire
The Dilemma of Desire
The Dilemma of Desire

Can you say the word “clitoris” without blushing? Draw the clit in its entirety? If not, maybe it’s time to brush up on your “Cliteracy.” But don’t worry—THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE is here to satisfy your needs. This documentary on the gendered politics of female sexual desire follows women from the everyday to the expert as personal interviews with scientists, strippers, poets, concept artists, and sex toy designers paint a broad portrait of empowerment with no one-size-fits-all solution. Despite different experiences, each subject strives to reclaim control of her body and sexuality on her own terms. But while the process of unlearning the stigma and shame associated with sexual desire continues, so does a repressive patriarchal culture. As long as women’s libidos are labeled as taboo—never to be discussed or depicted—the bedroom will remain unequal territory. And how far into women’s lives does that territory extend? Timely and brimming with passion, THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE seeks to tear down a hypocritical system that constantly sexualizes women while denying them sexual agency one anatomically correct clitoris at a time. — D.O.

CIFF45 Screenings

On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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