The Dilemma of Desire

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Film Info
Mind the Gap
Running Time:108 min.
Director:Maria Finitzo
Cinematographer:Hillary Bachelder
Bing Liu
Adam Singer
Keith Walker
Note Writer:Diane de Monx


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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With humor and candor in equal measure, The Dilemma of Desire follows a quartet of remarkable women whose work in science, academia, industrial design, and art has paved the way for a better understanding of women’s sexual desire, anatomy, and health in an era where women’s rights are once again under fire. Did you know there wasn’t a single visual reference for the clitoris in the original printing of Gray’s Anatomy? “It’s almost as if they wiped womanhood out of the text,” neuroscientist and professor Dr. Stacey Dutton points out. In a world where we put a man on the moon before understanding how women experience pleasure, director Maria Finitzo highlights the pioneers in the struggle to destigmatize and demystify women’s sexuality.

Additional Information

Maria Finitzo is a two-time Peabody Award-winning social issue documentary filmmaker whose 30 years as a filmmaker has resulted in a body of work that has won every major broadcast award including most recently the Alfred E. duPont Award and has been screened in festivals and theaters around the world. Her films are novelistic in their structure, providing multiple points of connection for an audience. Her films include 5 Girls, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, With No Direction Home, In the Game, and Hard Earned. She is a longtime associate of the award-winning documentary company, Kartemquin Films, one of the oldest and most respected social issue documentary film companies in the country.