Kino Lorber has acquired North American distribution rights to Nina Menkes documentary Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power and is teaming with library streaming platform Kanopy to release the film.
Billed as an “interrogation of the male gaze in cinema,” Brainwashed will be released theatrically in the US and Canada this autumn, with an educational streaming launch exclusively on Kanopy to follow.
Cinephil is handling international sales at the Cannes Marche and has secured deals for UK/Ireland with the BFI, for the Nordics and Baltics with Non Stop Entertainment, for Poland with New Horizons, for Spain with Avalon, for Italy with I Wonder and for Israel with YesDocu.
The film, which uses clips from films dating back to the turn of the twentieth century and includes interviews with Julie Dash, Laura Mulvey, Amy Ziering and others, had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance festival and has since screened at festivals including the Berlinale and CPH:DOX.
Menkes directed and produced, with Maria Giese, Guo Guo, Summer Xinlei Yang and Sandra de Castro Buffington co-producing and Tim Disney, Susan Disney Lord and Abigail Disney serving as executive producers.
Kino Lorber senior vice president Wendy Lidell commented: “Nina Menkes’ Brainwashed pulls the curtain back on the many ways male-dominated image making has been internalised by men and women alike, and the overwhelming ripple effect it has had on our culture. We are thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Nina’s film to audiences in the US and Canada, and expect the film to spark impassioned debates among everyone who sees it.”
Menkes added: “I’m more than thrilled that the very excellent art film distributor Kino Lorber is handling the release of Brainwashed in North America. With #malegaze on TikTok hitting 290m views and climbing, our subject matter is a hot, essential topic for right now - and Kino will get the film to a very wide audience.”