Confessions of A Free Woman

DVD - 2008
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Filmmaker Jennifer Fox journeys around the globe to investigate how the modern-day woman lives in other parts of the world.
Publisher: New York, NY? : Zohe Films Production, 2008.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: 305.42 FLY
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (351 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Confessions of a free woman


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Apr 19, 2017

Fox is courageously honest about her life and her struggles in defining herself as a woman. Of course she does not arrive at the perfect pat politically correct solution to life's dilemmas. Who has? The film reveals that it is human to suffer, to struggle, to question. It may be enough to learn to accept partial understanding, partial knowledge, partial resolution, but full compassion for others who influenced us in ways that were not perfect but were the best they could do. Let watching another human's journey help you to let go of your own judgments of yourself and others, and maybe let go of regret.

Mar 21, 2016

Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman explores the complexity and ambiguity of female gender roles through the eyes of a middle-class North American woman. These six episodes centre around the narrator's own life and relationships and the challenges she encounters as a self defined free woman. Intimate portraits of her friends from all over the world - North America, Russia, Cambodia, South Africa and Somalia, expose the pervasiveness of the idea that a woman can only fit into one of two roles: that of the mother, or the whore. In the end, the narrator begins to question how free she really is, when such a dichotomy permeates her own inner world and psychology.

Although I was irritated by the voiceover narration at first, the stories were so engaging that I quickly got past it. By incorporating the stories of many different cultural views and voices, the film's intimacy avoids slipping into narcissism, and instead comes across as a very honest and un-contrived look at conflicting social pressures of women around the world today.

Aug 25, 2012

I admired the narrator initially, her strong sense of self and her independence, and so I was disappointed as the movie rolled to its end. When Jennifer Fox realized how international the “good girl/bad girl” dichotomy is, and I was sure she was going to challenge it, instead she rushed to assure he fits into the “good girl” category and started to build a nest. The whole rush to have a baby and “oh I waited too long” was disappointing.

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