FLYING: Confessions of a Free Woman

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" ☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2 (3.5 out of 4 Stars!) Highly Recommended! Not once over the course of six hours does the film seem self-indulgent: Fox's soul-baring honesty feels both profound and universal."

M. Johanson
Video Librarian (March - April 2008)

FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF FREE WOMAN is a six-part series (each episode is 60 mins., color) that takes a personal, experimental approach to female life in the 21st century. The series narratively and visually interweaves aspects of filmmaker Jennifer Fox's own life over five years and across seventeen countries, as she struggles to understand how diverse women define their lives when there is no map. Employing an ingenious new camera technique called "Passing the Camera," Fox creates a documentary language that mirrors the special way women communicate. Over intimate conversations around kitchen tables from South Africa to Russia, India and Pakistan, she initiates a groundbreaking dialogue among women, illuminating universal concerns across race, class and nationality.

FLYING searches for new models of femaleness, examining changing gender roles and the efforts of women everywhere to comprehend and define for themselves what it means to be a woman in these times. The film takes as a hypothesis that owning and controlling one's own sexuality is the center of a woman's power and self. It also hypothesizes that the inverse is true: if a woman does not control the emotional and sexual life of her own body, she cannot be fully empowered. The film raises the questions: What are the struggles of women in this era of new sexual and economic freedoms, shifting gender relations, a rise in religious fundamentalism and AIDS? Is there a new model of femaleness that we can now begin to define?

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