#1:⟨common.places⟩

#1:⟨common.places⟩ unites 27 women and their stories about the “normal, everyday” harassment any woman might be subjected to in any given situation. This video sets up an immediate confrontation with everyday sexism and, without being stylized or exaggerated, examples are depicted as ongoing violations of boundaries which can happen anywhere and at any time, which women experience in their private spaces, in public and at work. Fiona RukschcioŽs clip-like arrangement of the episodes allows the viewer no chance to escape. Rather than an artfully arranged, symbol-laden fantasy, #1:⟨common.places⟩ is a clearly structured, undistorted view of reality. Rukschcio dispenses with clichés; she has no need of elaborate, histrionic staging to create tension. Instead of presenting the tip of the iceberg, she provides access to a hidden space devoid of sensationalistic value, a space which confronts women every day in a patriarchal society based on structures in which males dominate.
As Rukschcio describes various situations, the viewerŽs shock intensifies with each story, and the sense of unease grows. The conclusion leaves no opportunity to say, “That’s none of my business, it could never happen to me.” On the contrary,#1:⟨common.places⟩ mirrors everyoneŽs personal history in the search for these at times barely noticeable cases of harassment in the broadest sense. (Harriet Leischko)

Orig. Title
#1:⟨common.places⟩
Year
1999
Country
Austria
Duration
43 min
Director
Fiona Rukschcio
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
german
Credits
Director
Fiona Rukschcio
Concept & Realization
Fiona Rukschcio
Production
Fiona Rukschcio
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2000
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films (Award Innovative Cinema)