“I was born a man - I'm close to myself”: Israeli film directors and cinema in the MeToo era

Shlomit Aharoni Lir, Liat Ayalon

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The MeToo movement exposed distinct inequalities between men and women on and offscreen. It shed light on the latent politics of power relations between the sexes and tremendously influenced various aspects of Israeli social life. Nevertheless, the question, addressed in this study, of how senior male film directors perceive the change in the gender power dynamics, has not yet been sufficiently addressed. This qualitative study is composed of semi-structured extended interviews with 13 award-winning Israeli directors, who are in the second half of their lives. Applying interpretative phenomenological analysis, the findings indicate that the directors acknowledged that the power relations between men and women have changed. However, the findings also demonstrate remaining difficulties and a backlash in reaction to the change. Based on the findings, two models have emerged. The first, The Phases of Change, demonstrates the process of change as consisting of awareness, avoidance, diversity, women's stardom and support. The second, The Cycle of Perseverance, elaborates the resistance to change as consisting of tokenism, neutrality, androcentrism and persistence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101039
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Early online date10 Jun 2022
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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  • Gender power relations
  • Israeli cinema
  • Male directors
  • Masculinity
  • MeToo


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