Filmmaker Kitty Green on exposing Femen

Jian speaks with Australian filmmaker Kitty Green about her experience interviewing members of the controversial Ukrainian protest group Femen. The feminist organization, perhaps best known for its topless activism, was the subject of Green's new
documentary Ukraine is Not a Brothel.

The film reveals unsettling details about the group's early days under the leadership of a man named Victor Svyatski. It
was a revelation that troubled Green as she watched Svyatski, whom she
described as "an egomaniac," scream at the young women and enforce rules
preventing less attractive women from participating in public rallies.

"He's a scary guy," she said.

The contradiction was startling to Green.

would be quite abusive to them, screaming at them, and in the morning
they'd be there holding these banners saying this is the new feminism,"
she said.

"I was probably there for about four months before I
really understood exactly what his role was and the power he had over
the girls," Green said. "He really did make all the decisions while I
was there."


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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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