The Dilemma of Desire - English subtitled

Documentary about the only body part meant purely for pleasure: the clitoris.

Time & Tickets

Hardly anybody – male or female – knows what a clitoris looks like. Most people recognize its tip, but not the organ underneath. And in medical textbooks, where the penis is dealt with in great detail, the clitoris is often ignored. Or, as neuroscientist Stacey Dutton says: ‘The clitoris is really an afterthought.’

That omission is why Dutton has committed herself to studying the clitoris. She is one of the women taking us on a fascinating and provocative journey in THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE. We meet conceptual artist Sophia Wallace, whose Cliteracy Project challenges broadly believed myths about female sexuality. Designer Ti Chang thinks of alternatives to the conventional vibrator. Jasmine, who was raised to repress her sexuality and later found out she’s an exhibitionist. Becca, who has never had an orgasm. Together they show the complexity of female sexual pleasure. And most of all: the importance of joyful sexuality.

Together with AIMS and Feminists of Maastricht, four local artists will present (in English) a work of art before the screening. Alma Irene Martínez Barroso and Carla and Hanna Penter will all read their poems. Visual artist Afroditi made a visual work of art for the introduction of DILEMMA OF DESIRE. In a Q&A (language: English) they will explain their works.

Maria Finitzo, USA, 2021, 108 min. English spoken, English subtitles.