27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Town Bloody Hall
Town Bloody Hall

Town Bloody Hall

director: Donn Alan Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
original title: Town Bloody Hall
country: United States
year: 1979
running time: 88 min.


On April 30, 1971, an open forum on women's equality and the women's liberation movement took place in New York. Four panellists, representing different currents of second-wave feminism, made their contributions drawing on their findings of biology, sociology, philosophy, and their own personal experiences, while being countered on stage by one man – a journalist and writer Norman Mailer, presenting a model example of condescending mansplaining. The panelists' sense of humor and their intellectual and argumentative superiority easily won the audience's affection in the debate on issues that remain relevant today.


A man from the audience: „I really don’t know what women are asking for. Now suppose I wanted to give it to them.“ Germaine Greer: „Listen, you may as well relax because whatever it is they’re asking for, honey, it’s not for you.“ (From the film.)


The documentary work of the filmmaking duo and married couple Chris Hegedus (1952) and D. A. Pennebaker (1925–2019) belongs to the direct cinema stream. Their frequent topics included US politics and social issues. Pennebaker received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.

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director: Donn Alan Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
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