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Heaven
A film by Tracey Moffatt
Australia, 1997, 28 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99603
This playful video from famed director and photographer Tracey Moffatt turns the tables on traditional representations of desire to examine the power of the female gaze in the objectification of men’s bodies. HEAVEN begins with surreptitiously taped documentary footage of brawny surfers changing in and out of bathing and wet-suits. While the soundtrack switches between the ocean surf and male chanting, Moffatt moves closer to alternately flirt with and tease her subjects, who respond with a combination of preening and macho reticence. This witty piece is a potent and hilarious meditation on cinematic and everyday sex roles, voyeurism, power, and the thin line between admiration and invasiveness.



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    “A playful video that glories in the female gaze and the objectification of men.”
    Roberta Smith
    The New York Times

    “Heaven is a particularly irreverent example of a common effort in feminist and avant-garde cinema: an attempt to debunk some of the more oppressive tropes of heterosexuality.”
    Isaac Julien
    Filmmaker

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