This year Doc Fortnight honors the work of Bay Area filmmaker Emiko Omori with a selection of her films. Omori’s work has been featured in many festivals and broadcast on public television, but is less known here on the East Coast. In 2016, she was among a select group of documentary filmmakers invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm. 2007. USA. Directed by Emiko Omori, Wendy Slick. 74 min.
Based on the book by Rachel Maines, this is the story of a simple invention—the vibrator—and its relationship to female sexual pleasure. The film traces the vibrator’s progress from Victorian-era treatment for “hysteria” to liberating sex toy, and features a cast of feminist luminaries, including Eve’s Garden founder Dell Williams, author and sexologist Betty Dodson, the performance artist Reno, and author Rachel Maines.