New review about “To Die Free”!

I know it makes little sense to post a review in Italian in this site, but I could not resist the tempation of at least show the incredible beauty of this image that was painted by the same person who wrote this piece: Eliana Como.
Her review was recently published by the web paper Popoff quotidiano.

I am speechless because she really understood what I meant with Michelina Di Cesare and why she is so important to me.

And this picture really reveals it!

May the force be with you. And power with us.

With this new piece I inaugurate a collaboration with the precious blog Le Donne Visibili (The Visible Women): from now on I am their “fourth official editor”! I start it with something about women empowerment dedicated to the Swedish #metoo.

For many women feminism means in some way denying a gender diversity perspective, as if it stood for some kind of weakness; some women tend to categorize themselves using a masculine measurement and this was important when patriarchal culture was holding its professional doors shut to women. The situation is slightly changing and here in Sweden, for example, the number of women working as plumbers or electricians is increasing, and you can see these sometimes tiny but very cool Lisbeth Salanders going around with a piercing and a hammer. Continue reading

100 festivals reached – and surpassed!!

Delighted to announce that I have recently reached (and actually surpassed!) 100 film festival selections with my short films! Yippee!!
I celebrate this with a banner created by the illustrator Eliana Como that designed this little girl to represent my virtual company “Molly Bloom Productions”. Her name in Molly-Elly and she is my avatar from now on. Isn’t she cool? 🙂

The #metoo revolution, without Italy

[Some sad reflections about the flop of the #metoo in Italy. Originally published in Italy (in Italian) by “Le Donne Visibili”, “La Poesia e lo Spirito” and “Popoff”. Illustrated by Eliana Como. Translation edited by Cinzia Guerriero and Niko Despopoulos]

A feeling like a point of no return.
Like in H.C. Andersen’s tale – The Emperor’s New Clothes – at one point a scream was enough: so too were the first women in the Hollywood Star System who had the courage to let out and come clean of shame, anger, frustration, fear and uncertainty. From there, a few days later, the first post with #metoo hashtag starts to spread around and in a couple of nights it becomes an avalanche. Figures are updated by the hour to count thousands and thousands western women who have found the strength to tell their story from the multitude. Whether it concerned a harassment on a bus or a rape, so many hands rose, and the river became a flood, an event that was impossible to ignore. Thanks to the social networks, Western women finally met, though without having ever set eyes on each other, and in the sisterly and warm wave of saying “me too” formed a sort of alliance, with the strength that women have when they get too tired to slip anything else thru. Continue reading

Interview about “The Coltrane Code” with Jazzitalia

One of Italy’s most prominent websites about jazz got curious about my shortfilm “The Coltrane code” so Marco Losavio, chief editor of interviewed me about it, so nice!
We have decided to offer all readers the possibility of watching it exclusively for a few days, so why not taking the chance now if you are also curious? Check the piece out here and find link and password to it!

Pornografikonsumerande ungdomar – en förlorad generation

[Äntligen den svenska versionen av min artikelThe lost generation of porn kids”]

Visuell drog – Om barn, unga och nätporr gavs ut av Kalla Kulor Förlag för drygt ett år sedan och blev på nytt aktuell när Centerkvinnorna uppmärksammade frågan om barns och ungas porrkonsumtion utifrån ett hälsoperspektiv. Författarna själva besitter energi som två kraftverk: Ulrica Stigberg, präst som arbetar med ungdomsverksamheten på Fryshuset i Stockholm, och Maria Ahlin, grundare av organisationen Freethem, som arbetar för att motverka prostitution och människohandel.
När Ahlin och Stigberg skulle skriva boken valde de att ta ett steg tillbaka från det moraliska perspektivet på pornografi och att istället koncentrera sig på vilka effekter porrkonsumtionen får på ungas hälsa, på en neuropsykiatrisk, fysisk och social nivå. De intervjuade experter av alla slag: universitetsprofessorer, neurologer, kriminologer, poliskommissionärer, sociologer, urologer, psykologer, forskare och tv-personligheter. Men framförallt pratade de länge med dussintals pojkar och flickor som (äntligen) kunde hitta vuxna öron för att uttrycka problem som de varken ville eller kunde prata med sina föräldrar eller lärare om. Bilden som förmedlas i boken är mycket störande och med starka sociala konsekvenser.
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