Strike a Light is a monodrama accomplished together by eleven women in their twenties in New York. The Eleven young women elaborate on twenty years of sexual and emotional adventures in the first person before the camera and begin to recognize something in the process of the long and tough journey of a ‘heterosexual woman’s life’. Strike a Light is accompanied and intersected by gynephobic quotes from celebrities such as Aristotle, Buddha, Freud, and Baudelaire to Mick Jagger and repetitive expressionless, contemporary male images. Through this process, Strike a Light claims the impossibility of romance in heterosexual relationships and the falsehood of the pursuit of Mr. Right, an ideal man. If so, how about lesbianism? Its subtitle in the end credit is “How do I become a lesbian?” However, the acceptance or refusal of the alternative passes into the hands of female spectators. Most of all, the use of various media and experiments with genre in Strike a Light are stunning. It is a film for the new generation with a new concept.
Giovanna Sonnino, also a video artist and a photographer, destroys the boundary between fiction and documentary with the appearance of professional performers and real citizens, and inserts materials in music video style into the traditional format of an experimental film, between the intervals. The film uses a perpendicular or horizontal split-screen with various ratios and juxtaposition of the images; various formats of a DV camera and an interposition of video game and 3D images along with digital special effects of computer graphics. This new generation feminist film ceaselessly provides new visual experiences, deconstructing the boundary between media and expanding and reconstructing the concepts in new ways. (Kwon Eun-sun)
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