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A prickly subject

4 minutes

‘Hairy… a road less travelled for women, somewhat out of the ordinary’

Written and narrated by the poet Anam Cara, A Prickly Subject tackles – in verse – the cultural double standards around female body hair. A collaboration with the UK filmmaker Helen Plumb as part of The Art of Change series at the Barbican Arts Centre in London, this short film oscillates between empowerment and vulnerability in its words and images, as Cara grapples with breaking free of cultural norms that still treat female body hair as something worthy of shame and disgust.

Director: Helen Plumb

Writer and Narrator: Anam Cara

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