Open Debate: Touch Me Not and the Politics of the Body
Saturday, January 12, 3:00 p.m.
Our bodies, intimacy, and sexuality are essential aspects of our lives and identities, yet we often find these topics difficult to talk about because social taboos and personal blockages. Adina Pintilie’s thought-provoking film Touch Me Not, winner of Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is an invitation to question and openly discuss these preconceived ideas and deep-rooted patterns. In conjunction with the film’s premiere at MoMA this weekend, we invite you to join an open conversation with the film’s inspiring protagonists, the outspoken human-rights activist couple Christian Bayerlein and Grit Uhlemann, along with Adina Pintilie and producer Bianca Oana. The audience will have a rare opportunity to participate in a discussion of the sensitive areas tackled in the film: the body as ideological battleground; personal boundaries; notions of otherness; intimacy and disability; gender fluidity; non-normative concepts of beauty; and personal freedom. At a time when moral and legislative debates focus increasingly on our bodies, it seems particularly important to discover them as vehicles of freedom. Touch Me Not opens up a space for self-reflection and transformation, reaching beyond the cinema into the public forum to create a consciousness-raising experience.
Admission is free. All emotions are welcome here!