AD 244 | Nina Menkes
“Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Discrimination against women in the film industry
  • The Weinstein investigation
  • 94% of women working in the film industry experiencing sexual assault
  • How film objectifies women through the use of camera angles, camera movement, and lighting techniques
  • Updating the narrative point of view
  • Predatory perspectives within filmmaking
  • Portraying love and intimacy in film in more nuanced ways
  • Addressing the male gaze
  • The need for more government funding for the arts in the U.S.

Artists / People Mentioned:
  • Iyabo Kwayana (Cinematographer)
  • Jeffrey Martin Zacks (Psychologist)
  • Sandra De Castro Buffington (Producer)
  • Catherine Hardwicke (Filmmaker)
  • Laura Mulvey (Film Theorist)
  • Eliza Hittman (Filmmaker)
  • Werner Herzog (Director)
  • Claire Denis (Director)

Films Mentioned:
  • Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Blonde (2022)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
  • Titane (2021)
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Posted 10.20.2022


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino