Lorella Zanardo
2009. Italy. vo Italian. s Spanish. 25’

An Italian documentary that looks at how television manipulates and exploits women's bodies. It all started with the observation that women – real women – are an endangered species on television, one that is being replaced by a grotesque, vulgar and humiliating representation. This is an enormous loss: the erasure of womens' identity is happening right before our eyes, but there is no outcry, even from women themselves. This led to the idea of compiling TV images that share a common manipulative exploitation of womens' bodies, to let people know what is happening – not only people who never watch television, but especially those who watch it but “don't see.” The aim is to pose questions about the reason behind this erasure, a real “pogrom” of which all of us are silent spectators. The project pays special attention to the erasure of adult faces on television, to the use of plastic surgery to erase any sign of the passage of time, and to the social consequences of this erasure.

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