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MMoCA Cinema | Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

March 2, 2023

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MMoCA Lecture Hall

227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power | Nina Menkes | USA | 2022 | 107 minutes

Using clips from hundreds of movies, filmmaker Nina Menkes illuminates the patriarchal narrative codes that hide within supposedly “classic” set-ups and camera angles, and demonstrates how women are frequently displayed as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of male subjects. Building on the essential work of Laura Mulvey and other feminist writers, Menkes shows how these not-so-subtle embedded messages affect and intersect with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse and assault, as well as employment discrimination against women, especially in the film industry. Presented to accompany the exhibition Christina Ramberg: Vertical Amnesia on view at MMoCA starting March 2.

MMoCA Cinema features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. MMoCA Cinema is $7 per screening, or free for MMoCA members and anyone age 18 and younger. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 PM in the Museum lobby. Film begins at 7:00 PM.

View the entire Winter 2023 lineup on the main MMoCA Cinema page.


Ticket Information

  • MMoCA Cinema is $7 per screening, or free for MMoCA members and anyone age 18 and younger.
  • Ticket sales begin at 6:30 PM in the Museum lobby.

Covid Policy for Attendees

  • Masks are highly encouraged indoors, outdoors, and when interacting with Museum staff.
  • Masks are encouraged outdoors when social distancing cannot be easily maintained.
  • Event capacities at MMoCA have been limited to allow ample room for social distancing between guests.
film poster for Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power
Poster of Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (2019) directed by Nina Menkes. Image courtesy of Kino Lorber.
three chairs, one occupied by a person who looks at a projected screen showing Marilyn Monroe
Courtesy Kino Lorber.
film still from Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power showing a close up of eyes and a hand
Courtesy Kino Lorber.