Up to G-Cup

Monday, May 23, 2022

The Q&A at 9pm will include: Jacqueline van Vugt (director), Sandro Lightenberg (editor) Elif Genc (PhD at the New School for Social Research/activist in Kurdish women’s liberation movement in North America).

General Admission tickets for this screening are Buy One Get One Free, to order your two-for-one tickets for this screening just select 1 General Admission ticket.

Northern Iraq’s first lingerie store not only sells underwear, but also acts as a meeting place where women connect to their bodies and sensuality after overcoming the traumas of oppression, war, and conservative morality. The store is in Suleimaniyah, a city in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq, where the male management of the mall state: “A billboard of a woman in lingerie is not possible – a woman in a bra and thong but without a head, maybe.” Yet the women in UP TO G-CUP are open with each other and the camera. Director Jacqueline van Vugt captures intimate stories about love, sex, shame, and war.

“Women, girls – all their decisions have to be approved by the family. You can’t choose your own husband. Our culture doesn’t allow us to follow our hearts, your heart has to stay hidden.”- Shyaw, Film Participant, UP TO G-CUP

“It is my dream that one day in Kurdistan too, lingerie will be seen like other clothes and no longer be a taboo subject.”- Shapol, Film Participant, UP TO G-CUP

Screening as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2022

All cinemas are wheelchair accessible.Fully subtitled in English. Closed Captions and Audio Description available in English in-person and online. Assistive listening devices available for all screenings. Please visit individual venue websites or contact individual box offices for details and note that equipment is subject to availability. Post-screening discussions will offer CART (live transcription).

  • Country Iraq
  • Language In Kurdish and Arabic with English subtitles
  • Running Time 80 minutes
  • Distributor Human Rights Watch FF
  • Director Jacqueline van Vugt
  • Producer Germen Boelens, Raymond van der Kaaij
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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