In Europe 2019/2020

Can you recognize history when you’re in the middle of it? In 18 new documentaries, we unravel the last 20 years of European history.

Documentary - History, Human Interest & Society , Current Affairs & Politics

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The Sex of the Strongest

In 2017, the hashtag #metoo conquered the world. It became clear that the fight for equal rights for men and women has not yet been won. More...

In 2017, the hashtag #MeToo conquered the world. Women sought support from each other to call out sexual assault. #MeToo was a watershed moment, many victims were finally heard. Up to the highest level, perpetrators were exposed. It became clear that the fight for equal rights for men and women has not yet been won.

When the French journalist Tristane Banon tells a TV show in 2007 how the powerful Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her, the guests at the table respond with laughter. It is only when DSK was later arrested in the United States in 2011 for sexually assaulting a chambermaid that the journalist once again shares her story. The whole of France shames her for airing her dirty laundry, but the stories of sexual abuse of power are piling up all over the world.

Yet it can also go horribly wrong. In Sweden, the husband of the world-famous soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, a theatre director, commits suicide when actresses accuse him of demanding sex in exchange for roles. However, a commission of inquiry comes to the conclusion after his suicide that the stories were made up.

Documentary
Roel van Broekhoven, Stefanie de Brouwer
2020
VPRO
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