directed by cynthia arra and melissa arra
Extrait du catalogue du Festival Academia Film Olomouc

Extrait du catalogue du Festival Academia Film Olomouc | AFO International Festival of Science Documentary Films (Olomouc, République Tchèque) – April 2011

“In the 1960s, a so-called linguistic turnaround occurred within the social sciences. What was at first a subtle movement is now an integral part of social science theories. Fifty years ago however, it was a revolution, and it caused a significant change in the research into language and its impact on everyday life in society. The attention of the theorists started to move from the grammar of language, which was seen as a mere static structure of language code, to language as a socially generated code, which has a considerable influence on the construction of the world in which we operate. Language was no longer studied simultaneously as a mere means of exchanging information between two or more people but as an important factor in the construction of the outside world. Scientists started to examine what happens when we use one particular word rather than another; why, how and for what purpose we name something just so and not otherwise; what will happen when we call a man such and such, or even what happens when we don’t give something a name at all. This documentary by Cynthia and Melissa Arra demonstrates through examples of intersexuality and transsexuality what happens when there are no words for someone or something, or when someone or something is assigned a different or incorrect word.”

About Binding Words

Directed by Cynthia Arra & Mélissa Arra
Documentary / 2007 / France / 75’ / 4:3

The film aims to give Trans’ people whose quest for gender identity is fettered by established norms a chance to voice their tribulation. Their means of resistance consist of searching for tools of knowledge, for corporealities, sexualities and alternative identities to those of the conventional schemas. Far from the usual treatment of Trans issues, this film, through the choice of its portrait subjects – all contemporary actors and precursors of the Trans’and Intersex movement in France – addresses the gender identity issues head-on by questioning our often unchallenged societal norms and analyzing the nature of the oppression and repression faced by the Trans’ and Intersex community.

With Maud-Yeuse Thomas, Tom Reucher, Vincent Avrons, Vincent He-Say, Carine Boeuf and Vincent Guillot.

directors Cynthia Arra & Mélissa Arra
self-produced Cynthia Arra & Mélissa Arra
camera operators Cynthia Arra & Mélissa Arra
editing Cynthia Arra, Mélissa Arra & Justine Triet
music during crédits “Manifeste”, original soundtrack of the film “Exils” (Exiles) by Tony Gatlif
mix Christophe Doucet-Mimoun
color grading Sydney Teggbo & Sandra Sauron – toggle productions
english subtitles Paul Belle, Steve Arra & Marie-Hélène Bourcier
trailer Clémentine March
website Vincent He-Say

support for festival screening Digital Beta or DVD in French or in French with English subtitles