A Film Review: The Shape of Water by Kum-Kum Bhavnani

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Fall 2007


The Feminist Press


Kum-Kum Bhavnani's critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary film The Shape of Water is an unparalleled testament to the power and vitality of feminist activism on the global stage. Weaving together the stories of five uncommon women from Brazil, India, Israel, and Senegal, The Shape of Water explores the tremendous complexities in women's movements to address the impact of environmental destruction, militarism, poverty, and globalization in their communities. Through a process of narrative intertwining, the film examines each of these efforts individually but also provides a critical framework through which to view these social justice struggles as undeniably interconnected.