Tag Archives: gender roles

“The World Unseen” by Shamin Sarif (South Africa, 2007)

Lesbian love seen by a female director


The World Unseen

Weakness in the script, stiff acting, clumsy direction, but lots of good intention in Sarif’s debut feature: “Everyone’s breaking barriers and causing trouble in this film, or least yearning to.” Jay Antani

Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen, Grethe Fox, David Dennis, Bernard White, Colin Moss, Amber Ross Revah, Rajesh Gopie
Director: Shamim Sarif
Screenwriter/novelist: Shamim Sarif
Music by Richard Blackford
Cinematography by Michael Downie
Film Editing by David Martin

“The Female Brain” by Whitney Cummings (USA, 2017)

The Female Brain

First feature / Characters are too caricatural to create empathy, most dialogues sound unnatural and forced, and at times just poor

Cast: Whitney Cummings, Sofía Vergara, Toby Kebbell, James Marsden, Lucy Punch
Director: Whitney Cummings
Writer: Neal Brennan, Louann Brizendine, Whitney Cummings
Cinematographer: Bradford Lipson
Editor: Peggy Eghbalian
Composer: Jeff Cardoni

“Parched” (Leena Yadav, India 2015)


Director: Leena Yadav
Writers: Supratik Sen (dialogue), Leena Yadav
Actors: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Lehar Khan

Domestic violence, honor, infertility, prostitution, child marriage, rape… These themes are treated in a traditional gender setting in Rajasthan.

The message of the movie is straightforward: while most men drink, commit adultery, are jealous and violent, women have fun, bring changes… and are at least as sexualized as their male counterparts.