SPOILED: The Film Project unearths the roots of global gender-based violence from the male point of view but is performed by an ensemble of women. In the second chapter of the film, three stories based on real events probe the underlying trauma or training that lead to transphobic assault, infanticide, and pedophilia. By looking at events that span the globe - zeroing in on India, Turkey, and the USA - the project sheds light on the role patriarchy plays in perpetuating misogyny through heartless ideals that undermine our shared humanity. It does not speak for men or boys, nor does it demonize them - and includes stories of allies as well as perpetrators. Rather than glamorize the victimization of women and girls, or give way to despair, the piece aims to empower us all by upending toxic narratives.
SPOILED, based on reveal events, contains graphic accounts of sexual assault and violence. Please be advised of disturbing language and content. These stories are shared in awareness of, and protest against, gender-based violence around the world.
Each Chapter of SPOILED is a unique experience!
Post-show conversation immediately following the screening:
Giving Voice to Marginalized Girls, Women and Femmes
Moderated by Shonna Trinch (Scholar & Professor of Anthropology & Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
Panelists: Ruchira Gupta (Emmy award-winning journalist, social justice activist and founder of the anti-sex-trafficking organization, Apne Aap) and Achiro Olwoch (Ugandan writer, playwright & filmmaker who covers taboo of homosexuality, Women Playwrights International Africa Representative)
Company: The Hess Collective (Elizabeth Hess, Artistic Director)
Performers: Cherrye J. Davis
Ninoshka De Leon Gill
Playwright: Elizabeth Hess
Co-directors: Cherrye J. Davis
Director of Photography& Editor:
Dramaturg: Gina Stevensen
Originally commissioned and developed by Elizabeth Scott Osborne