Trigger warning: The film addresses domestic, sexual and digital violence, which can be stressful and retraumatizing. Please take care of yourself.
Every third day, a woman in Germany is killed by her partner or ex-partner. Only one in a hundred raped women experiences the conviction of the perpetrator.
In The Holy Bitch Project, Christiane Mudra uses interviews with affected women and experts to examine the dynamics of analog and digital violence against women and its millennia-old cultural breeding ground.
The experimental film is based on an investigative theater performance from 2021, in which actors embody the experiences of women affected by violence, illustrate real grievances and highlight the need for social and political action.
“The actors develop a cinematically autonomous force, come much closer to you than in the theater; “Holy Bitch” is a unique piece as a hermaphrodite between film and theater.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
To intimate close-ups and reflections in sparse grazing light, a multitude of voices can be heard alongside the real-life accounts of experiences embodied by actors*. Voices that represent social attributions, fantasies of violence, sexism and quotations from fairy tales, advertising, opera and pop culture that women are exposed to every day. The roles are partly cast in the opposite gender and question the gender binary.
In reference to the film Matrix (1999), viewers, like the film’s hero Neo, swallow the red pill and follow a cyborg rabbit who gives them a glimpse behind immaculate scenes where domestic, sexualized, and digital violence can be experienced. Since the alt-right movement and the misogynist “incels” use the film motifs to spread misogynist conspiracy theories, The Holy Bitch Project deliberately makes the Matrix world its own and establishes a feminist counter-narrative.
Christiane Mudra Director
Christiane Mudra Writer
Christiane Mudra Producer
Meriam Abbas Key Cast “Trinity 1 & others”
Charity Collin Key Cast “Morphea & others”
Sebastian Gerasch Key Cast “Trinity 2 & others”
Murali Perumal Key Cast “Trinity 3 & others”
Corinna Ruba Key Cast “Trinity 4 & others”
Isabella Wolf Key Cast “Trinity 5 & others”