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Synopsis: We have all seen commercials for Viagra on TV and read about erectile dysfunction, but when did you last hear a discussion of female orgasm in “polite” discourse? In today’s male-dominated world, female sexual desire is a topic relegated to the shadows and is fraught with common misconceptions. From an early age, women are taught to associate arousal with shame. The word “clitoris” itself is practically taboo, leaving women ignorant of the inner workings of their own anatomy. Through the voices of students, artists, academics, and entrepreneurs, Maria Finitzo’s illuminating documentary reveals a vibrant movement to undo the damage wrought by a sex culture constructed to fulfill the carnal needs of men. Their fight for “cliteracy,” and reclaiming one's agency over their sexuality, and thus the pathway to real equality, is both thought provoking and entertaining. THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE is a movie designed to get people talking and it’s about time for the conversation to begin.

– Avery Davenport

Director's Bio: Maria Finitzo is a three-time Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who has won every major broadcast award, including, most recently, the Alfred E duPont Award for her directing on the series HARD-EARNED. Her films have screened in festivals around the world, exploring different realms of storytelling by investigating the important social issues of the day.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    107 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Maria Finitzo
  • Screenwriter
    Maria Finitzo
  • Producer
    Maria Finitzo, Cynthia Kane, Diane Quon
  • Executive Producer
    Gordon Quinn, Barbara Kopple, Hugh Schulze, Jolene Pinder
  • Cinematographer
    Adam Singer, Keith Walker, Hilary Bachelder
  • Editor
    Liz Kaar, Mimi Wlicox
  • Composer
    Miriam Cutler