AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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5/2/12

He Said, She Said...Hysteria

  
He Said...

"...When I spoke to native New Yorker (from the lower eastside of Manhattan) Maggie Gyllenhaal on what attracted her to this film project she replied, "sex is most times explored as unreal....the film gives of a subtle feminism of real sexuality..."

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Gerald Wright
National Association of Black Journalists
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She Said...

**Suffragettes And Sexuality: A tale of two movie topics, in Hysteria, A conversation with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and director Tanya Wexler about this feminist satire playing out in Victorian England. And at a time when both female activism and sexual desire were considered forms of mental illness within an establishment medicalizing sexuality. Topics on the table include the birth of the vibrator as a medical device, how dishwashers and ankles factor in, and Maggie's portrayal of a suffragette too busy changing the world to ponder any of this.

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**The Cannes Film Festival Reports: In the first of a series of on location reports, Annette Insdorf is our correspondent at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Her coverage will also include breaking news announcing the winnersl. Professor Insdorf, Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University and co-anchoring from Cannes for decades with Roger Ebert, reports on American selections Hemingway & Gellhorn, Moonrise Kingdom and Lawless, to titles from Bernardo Bertolucci, Alain Resnais and Michael Haneke. And she presents a preview of Sean Penn's benefit for Haiti, along with examining the question of female representation at the Festival.

**Best Of The Net Hotspot: A look at the Displaced Films free online Film Festival, showcasing essential documentaries about GI and veterans resistance to criminal wars. And broadcasting online in conjunction with Occupy Chicago in May, and 'Armed Forces/Armed Farces Day' through the Memorial Day weekend.

Stay tuned for continuing features of Arts Express: Expression In The Arts. Airing On WBAI Radio's Pacifica National Network and Affiliate Stations.