The
film

50 countries

2000 interviews

How do you tell if a state is making progress? If people’s lives there are improving?

The position of women within a country is one of the best indicators of how healthy it is as a society. In broader terms, it might also be the most fitting symbol of humans’ capacity to achieve incredible progress in a very short space of time and of our propensity to equally rapid regression.

Woman was born of a desire to see the world through a woman’s eyes. Then the questions started to flow. What are the stages marking a woman’s passage from little girl to 80-year-old grandma? What are her dreams and hopes as well as her greatest fears and scars? What does she expect of life, society and men? What is a woman’s relationship to her body and to seduction? What part do appearances and beauty play in her life? How does motherhood change her life? What do we know of female desire, and why do certain cultures find it so frightening?

Weak, stupid, talkative, jealous, frivolous and hysterical, or else delicate, sweet, devoted, modest: all these things are allegedly part of a woman’s “nature”. But are they really?

Woman might provide some initial answers to these questions. This film will take us to all four corners of the world to meet the only people who can tell us – all the women with such vastly different lives, shaped by their culture, their faith and their family history.

Woman will first and foremost reflect the state of today’s world, and the reflection is often a sombre one, given the injustices to which women are subjected. And this world is a place where even before a child is born, before it becomes a human being, it is a sex – male or female – and even today, in many countries, the latter is valued far less. We live in a world where inequality affects a woman throughout her entire lifetime. Forced to marry, deprived of an education, the right to vote or the basic right to go out into the street without having to be accompanied by a man; millions of women endure their lives rather than choosing them.

Although men have been dominant throughout history, more and more female voices are making themselves heard. As we seek to reinvent a future for our species, still mired in hatred, incapable of living in peace, it may well be women who can bring about the radical changes that are necessary. In any event, I wonder somewhat naively, why not try?
Women are taking action, and more and more of them are daring to do what they want to do.

So Woman will look in admiration at all these women who, each in her own way, are asserting themselves and fighting stereotypes. Some no longer shrink from moving into areas that used to be the preserve of men, becoming soldiers, politicians, boxers and fisherwomen. Increasingly, women simply refuse to reproduce the models that people wish to impose on them. They are revolutionising their own lives and the lives of their families, neighbourhoods, villages and countries. These women are paving the way and initiating change.

Above all, though, Woman is a message of love and hope to all the women of the world, an attempt to understand their lives and to measure how far they have come and how far they still have to go. So how are we going to get there?

WOMAN and NGO

A film produced in collaboration with NGOs

We are convinced that providing ressources and giving a voice to women can change the world. Today, thousands of NGOs lead an essential fight to help women’s rights progress all around the world. WOMAN carries their fight, their stories, their actions. The stories of thousands of women who in their own different ways stand up for themselves and overcome stereotypes, turn their lives, those of their families or of their villages around, are also the result of the great work carried out by these organizations. WOMAN is a tribute to their work and a unique opportunity to give visibility to their actions by raising the awareness of the general public on the major issues closely linked to women’s rights. This has been the major thrust since the outset.

Lolita Chamaillard
Assistant Director & Partnerships with NGOS’s
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Filmed with the support of local NGOs

For each shoot, our teams make contact with dozens of NGOs per country in order to find women willing to tell their story, share their life experience, combats, suffering, hopes and dreams. Whether with a broad international dimension or a much more local reach, it is by collaborating with NGOs over the world that we can better define the issues important to the different cultures and identify women with remarkable life trajectories who get together to drive things forward.

An opportunity to forge ties between
the audience at large and NGOs

The release of WOMAN will be coordinated internationally with the NGOs to ensure that the things they fight for and the film are brought to the attention of the largest possible audience.

WOMAN (s)

Women On Media And News – School

Dans la continuité de notre film WOMAN qui libère la parole des femmes et la porte à travers le monde, nous souhaitons créer l’association WOMAN(s) (Women on media and news – school) dont la principale mission sera de former des femmes et jeunes filles du monde entier aux métiers des médias. Grâce aux recettes du film et au soutien de nos partenaires, nous allons proposer aux femmes d’apprendre les métiers de l’image afin qu’elles puissent à leur tour porter la parole de toutes celles qui pendant trop longtemps n’ont pas été entendues dans leur pays. Ainsi le message de WOMAN durera dans le temps et aura un impact concret sur la vie des femmes.

Les réalisateurs

© Peter Lindbergh

Anastasia Mikova

A Ukranian-born film director and journalist whose work has always focused on social and humanist topics.
Among other things, she worked as a journalist for documentaries dealing with issues such as illegal immigration, organ trafficking, or surrogate mothers.
In 2009, she became editor-in-chief of the series of documentaries «Earth from Above», which marked the beginning of her collaboration with Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Then acting as first director and co-author, she continued her collaboration with Mr Yann Arthus-Bertrand on the documentary film HUMAN managing the editorial team and making herself more than 600 interviews of the film. This collaboration is ongoing as she is now co-directing their new film WOMAN.

The directors

© Peter Lindbergh

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus – Bertrand is a French film director and photographer who became known to the general public in 1999 further to the publication of his book «La Terre vue du ciel», a worldwide best-seller with over three millions copies sold. Appointed «Goodwill Ambassador» by the United Nations Environment Program for 2009, the same year he directed his first feature film, HOME, on the state of our planet, which was seen by nearly 600 million people. At the height of his international success, he created, in 2005, the GoodPlanet Foundation in order to raise awareness of respect for the environment, and, in 2017, opened to the public the «Domaine de Longchamp», a place dedicated to ecology and humanism which is located in the Bois de Boulogne.

Following on from

Artistically WOMAN is aligned with HUMAN, putting portraits of women at the heart of the project.

EDITORIAL TEAM

Mia Sfeir
Assistant Director

Saskia Weber
Assistant Director

Sarah Elyounsi
Assistant Director

Sibylle d’Orgeval
Assistant Director

Bethsabée Zarka
Assistant Director

Marion Gaborit
Assistant Director

Lisa Arce
Associate Assistant Director

PRODUCTION TEAM

Fabienne Calimas
Producer
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Tanguy Apel-Muller
Production Director
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Marco Strullu
Production Assistant

Lucy Fauveau
Production Assistant

Sylvain Goulamhoussen
Production Assistant

Yousra El Abdellaoui
Associate Production Assistant

Salome Votadoro
Associate Production Assistant

Lolita Chamaillard
Assistant Director
& Partnerships ONG

Jean-Baptiste Schmitt
Production Accountant

POST-PRODUCTION TEAM

Françoise Bernard
Head Film Editor

Brigitte Delahaie
Head Film Editor

Anne-Claire Decaux
Post-production Supervisor

Thomas Lavergne
Post-production Supervisorn

Philippine Merolle
Assistant Editor

Anne Laure Guillas
Assistant Editor

Flore Joubert
Assistant Editor

Caroline Debia
Assistant Editor

PRESS

Brigitta Portier
Press Office
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Directors

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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Anastasia Mikova
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Music by
Armand Amar

Our partners

WOMAN is a project carried out thanks to the help of our dedicated sponsors.

We would especially like to thank:

Acknowledgments WOMAN