Teenage girls, secondary citizens

SOCIETY: Two Ji.hlava IDFF feature documentaries - 'Cusp' and 'Jane by Charlotte' - grapple with contemporary power dynamics and their effect on the adolescent female.

There are not many things that make our times better than previous ones. The modernist idea of progress assumed that the future is better than the past because that is the logic of history, but we stopped believing in it long ago. Now, most of us are probably well aware that serious problems remained unresolved in the past and are now pilling in front of future generations. Climate disaster is the most obvious one. The reason why humanity today is better than it once was is that we have finally started to unmask some of the most obviously false ideas that were taken as given truths because they facilitated the smooth functioning of the world. Roland Barthes called them myths, but neither he nor his colleague philosophers fully understood the seriousness . . .

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Melita Zajc
Our regular contributor. Zajc is a media anthropologist and philosopher.
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