Reviewed by Nancy Snipper
An important compellingly crafted documentary that vividly analyzes history’s absolute denial, flippancy and absence in any laws and legislature charting the right for women to learn self-defense. Nothing exists to help women, who are just told not to go out at night.
Every angle of self-defense is brought up, including a discussion about the femininity issue. Using animation, real self-defense trainers, and experts in women’s issues, the filmmaker, who authored the book, proves in this film her point for the need for such classes and the cavalier comments made by politicians on the topic.
Ms. Snortland travels to real-time self-defense classes held in North Dakota, Boston, Minnesota and Jerusalem, Juarez and Tijuana and imports classes from Kenya, as experts from Impact Personal Safety, and other methods, put into action techniques both physical and psychological to train women of all ages in self-defense. We meet over 30 people all over the world who have made this topic their life passion. They include Lisa Gaeta, Founder and CEO of Impact LA, Dr. Riane Eisler, author of “The Chalice and the Blade”, Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of the United Farm Workers who garnered the Presidential Medal of Freedom, several psychotherapists, such as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Vance and one factory owner who offers his workers these classes in Tijuana.
Ms. Snortland does not just present a "show and tell" on the subject but is able to move us by testimony from women in Africa and the USA who have endured male violence. The results are readily visible in the rebirth of these adult women – now with confidence and armed with the knowledge that they deserve to protect themselves and most importantly, they now know how. If only though men and women could live in peace. Size does not matter when peace does.
Screened at this year’s Montreal World Film festival, this was one of the few films that everyone should have seen, men and women alike of all ages.
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