Thank you to the most lovely Maryanne Grisz for inviting me to the film premiere of THE DIVINE ORDER. It was so incredible to see. Filled with emotion but laughs and smiles and so much energy. It was a great week after seeing the exhibition at the Museum of City of New York the day before into this film about how women in other countries didnt have rights until 1971 – it was so interesting to see how these women came together to fight for their rights and while doing so discovered so much about themselves.
“The world was changing. But in our little village, time stood still.” A riotously funny look at a storybook Swiss town in 1971: Women don’t have the right to vote or even to work without their husband’s permission. Nora (aptly named) leads a consciousness-raising revolt that lovingly recalls the not so distant past — when women first discovered they have a clitoris. Marie Leuenberger stars as the unlikely leader of a revolt that shook the Alps.
Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have to right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader. After organizing the village’s first meeting to support women getting the right to vote, her family is mocked, bullied, and shunned. Despite the obstacles and backlash, Nora perseveres and convinces the village women to go on strike, abandoning their homes and families. A strong ensemble cast brings the story to its inspirational conclusion when Swiss women finally secure the right to vote in 1971. The Divine Order is a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice.
The story is beautifully told with humor and charm, showing women’s strength and integrity in the journey. Here is the trailer: https://vimeo.com/204361593
See it soon at : https://filmforum.org/film/the-divine-order-film