August 2nd, 2012


Brussels Film Student's Thesis: Street Harassment

Sofie Peeters, a film student at RITS in Brussels, did for her final thesis a film about the street harassment she encounters when walking in her neighborhood. She was interviewed on the Flemish TV program Terzake, who then played her entire film on air:

[Edit: I think LJ is having trouble embedding this video. If you see a big blank space here, click the link above and watch the video there.]

It's a mix of Flemish and French with English subtitles, except for one part in the middle where it's French with Flemish subtitles. That's the part where she asks two groups of men why they impose crude comments on women walking by. Here's a Google Translate of the Flemish subtitles - of course this is a bit of broken telephone, since even the subtitles aren't excellent to begin with (according to commenters who speak Flemish), but it should give you the gist of it.

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Someone posted a YouTube clip from her film to reddit, where a good discussion ensued, including lots stories about experiences with street harassment. [Tip for reading reddit discussions: You can click on the "[-]" next to the vote arrows for any comment to collapse that comment and its subthreads.]