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The Famine Within

Directed by Katherine Gilday
Canada, 1990 (documentary, 120 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"Using conventional documentary interviews and narration, complemented with striking evocative imagery, Gilday presents a wide cross section of women relating their own experiences with these disturbing conditions. [...] Among many of the perceptive observations in this film, it is suggested that these [eating] disorders are a desperate, if unconscious, protest against the denial of the feminine within both men and women."
-- Festival of Festivals (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Katherine Gilday
Produced by: Katherine Gilday
Cinematography: Joan Hutton, Barry Stone
Film Editing: Petra Valier
Music: Russell Walker
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Quote by the Director

"Why are we so focused on our bodies and our looks? This preoccupation drains much of women's energies and self esteem. It's drained mine, too. We have to make a conscious effort to fight it."
-- Katherine Gilday (source)

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