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Documentary Screening: The Illusionists


Thu 9 Nov 2017, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: The Women's Library, 8-10 Brown Street, Newtown, New South Wales

Restrictions: 15+

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The Illusionists examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. Taking us from the halls of Harvard to the galleries of the Louvre Museum, from a cosmetic surgeon's office in Beirut to the heart of Tokyo's Electric Town, the film explores how these industries saturate our lives with narrow, Westernized, consumer-driven images of beauty that show little to no respect for biological realities or cultural differences.

The Illusionists features prominent sociologists, politicians, magazine editors, scientists, artists, and activists in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including: Susie Orbach, Jean Kilbourne, Gail Dines, Susan Linn, Laura Mulvey, Harrison Pope, Nadine Moawad, Ruchi Anand, Paola Audrey Ndengue, Tetsuya Ando, and Jason Karlin.

A film by the Media Education Foundation.

Filmmaker's Bio:
Elena Rossini is a filmmaker, DP, photographer, multimedia producer, and blogger. Elena also works as a freelance videographer, photographer, and writer. Her work has appeared on Corriere della Sera, Jezebel, indieWIRE, Adios Barbie, and Gender Across Borders. In 2014, Elena was selected for the prestigious Young Leaders program by the Council for the United States and Italy.

Registration if free. Please register as early as possible to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Join The Sydney Feminists for a free screening of this powerful, fresh and informative film. The screening will be followed by an open Q&A with the audience.

A Note from the Organisers: We strongly encourage you to bring someone you know would benefit from this film! So many women are negatively affected by the pressures of unrealistic beauty standards. If you know someone who is struggling as a result, please bring them with you! We do not wish to simply preach to the converted, but to reach out to as many people as possible.