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Maso et Miso vont en bateau


Carole Roussopoulos , Delphine Seyrig , Ioana Wieder , Nadja Ringart
France, 1976
Production : Les Muses s'amusent
55'
French
English


Synopsis


The feminist video collective Les Insoumuses dissects and responds point by point in a humorous way to Bernard Pivot's special program with Françoise Giroud, Secretary of State for the Status of Women. "On December 30th 1975, after watching Bernard Pivot's programme on Antenne 2 entitled 'One more day and the year of the woman, phew! It'll be over.", we felt the immense need to express our point of view, to respond..." A real political hijacking. A humorous hacking and a manifesto for feminist video.

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"Maso an Miso go boating" is one of the most emblematic productions of Les Insoumuses collective and one of Simone de Beauvoir Centre's most widely distributed films in France and around the world. In reaction to the complacency of the Secretary of State for the Status of Women towards Bernard Pivot's "fieffés misos" guests, it is a biting and argumentative response by four radical feminists who spot, dismantle and counter these flagrant offenses of sexism.
"No image of television can embody us, it is with video that we will tell ourselves," they chant in the film.
The film was shown at the independent Parisian cinema L'Entrepôt in 1976, despite attempts by Françoise Giroud to prevent it from being shown. It is also widely distributed among feminist groups of the time.

Nicole Fernández Ferrer
General Delegate of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir
with the help of Anne-Laure Berteau

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filmmakers

Carole Roussopoulos

Carole Roussopoulos, video pioneer, founder of the Simone de Beauvoir Audiovisual Center with Delphine Seyrig, has directed more than 100 films. She is known for her commitment to feminist mouvements. Born in Lausanne, she moved to Paris in 1967 and founded the militant video collective "Vidéo Out" in 1969. Since then, she has never ceased to give a voice to the "voiceless", oppressed and excluded. In the wake of May 1968, her favorite subjects are the great mouvements: workers, anti-imperialists, homosexuals and above all feminists. With Delphine Seyrig, she co-directed two humorous pamphlets: "Maso et Miso vont en bateau" (1975) and "S.C.U.M. Manifesto" (1967). Between 1973 and 1976, Carole Roussopoulos taught video at the University of Vincennes. In 1999, she directed "Debout!", a documentary on the women's liberation movement from 1970 to 1980. At the end of her life, she finished an eponymous documentary about her friend Delphine Seyrig, paying tribute to the convictions of a committed actress.

Delphine Seyrig

Theater and cinema actress, human rights activist and feminist, Delphine Seyrig learns about video with Carole Roussopoulos. She then takes a video camera and directs "Sois belle et tais-toi!", "Inês", "Pour mémoire" then co-directs "SCUM Manifesto" and "Où est-ce qu'on s'on se mai ?"

Ioana Wieder

Ioana Wieder founds with Delphine Seyrig and Claude Jourde the association Les Muses s'amusent "to disseminate the images and words of women by themselves in films, videos, photos". Les Muses will become Les Insoumuses. She translates books and feminist texts such as "Vaginal Politics", "Women in Vietnam"... and directs "Accouche !" and "Où est-ce qu'on se mai ?"

Nadja Ringart

Nadja Ringart, a sociologist and activist filmmaker, initiated Bobines féministes, a digital resource platform on the history and creations of the MLF (French women's liberation group). She co-organizes the documentary festival Femmes en résistance (Women in Resistance).

Other films in the collection: Restons confiné.e.s, restons féministes