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Unquiet Voices gives a voice to women who were abused in old silent movies from the 1920s and earlier. Looking back at some films from the past can make for uncomfortable viewing today. Socially-permissible hitting, slapping and even beating of women on screen was an all to common sight in the earliest films made.


It’s a million miles away from the #MeToo era and it’s all too fitting that women in silent movies really didn’t have a voice when it came to standing up to their rights. They had to be silent in their suffering, on screen and off. But this film project looks to restore their voices in a unique way.

Moving Film Gives Abused Women In Old Silent Movies A Voice image of women

The film takes real recorded stories of abused women and layers them over silent movies scenes where women are also being abused. The idea is to visually tell the stories of abuse, matching up horrible scenes from old films with the real stories of women in 2019. It’s a fascinating idea and gives a voice to women decades after the films were first made. It’s a chilling look into the past and a timely reminder of the issues we face here in the present.

Unquiet Voices|Cheil Romania|Film

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