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French director Ségolène Hanotaux at the 13th Encounters Documentary Festival

{jcomments on}9 -26 June 2011
Cape Town & Johannesburg

The 13th Encounters Documentary Festival aims at presenting a programme which reflects the diversity of documentaries selected this year through the (in) famous icons depicted. The programme includes music, sports, revolution, human rights, humour, current news, scams and scandals, among other things…The festival features talks and panel discussions with South African and international guests including French director Ségolène Hanotaux who will present her documentary G-Spotting: A Story of Pleasure and Promise at the festival. She will also take part in a series of questions and answers after the screening of the documentary on Friday 17 June, Cape Town. Other French movies screened at the festival include: Our Daily Poison by Marie-Monique Robin (2010); Wild Thing by Jérôme de Missolz (2010) and When China Met Africa by Nick Francis & Marc Francis (2010).


G-Spotting: A story of pleasure and promise
Dirs: Ségolène Hanotaux & Gilles Boyon | Canada/France 52min 2011
Ségolène Hanotaux is a science and medicine journalist. G-Spotting is her film début.
Melanie Judge is an author and gender activist.

Cape Town: NuMetro V&A


  • Tues 14 June at 8.45pm
  • Fri 17 June at 6.30pm - followed by Q & A
  • Sat 25 June at 6pm - followed by Panel Discussion

Johannesburg: NuMetro Hyde Park

  • Mon 13 June at 6.30pm
  • Mon 20 June at 6.30pm

[Full schedule...]

About Ségolène Hanotaux
A Graduate from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille, Hanotaux has since worked as a television journalist. She specialised in reporting on medicine and science for French television. She currently lives in New Delhi, India. G-Spotting is her début documentary.

G-Spotting: A Story of Pleasure and Promise About G-Spotting: A story of Pleasure and Promise
So long after the sexual revolution, it is almost inconceivable that some myths still surround female sexual satisfaction. G-Spotting is a playful, diverting yet illuminating look at pleasure, through science, social revolution, and conflicting beliefs.

In 2010 one scientist threw the sexology world into a tizz by suggesting that the infamous G or Gräfenberg Spot is unproven and subjective. Hailed as the great sexual liberator of women in the early 1980s, the sexually-active world embraced the G. But to many contemporary women the exact location remains elusive and medical science is still searching for a distinctive anatomical feature. Hanotaux decides to investigate whether the G-Spot is a physiological organ, the greatest gift to womankind or just wishful thinking. She visits research centres and female ejaculation seminars, discusses the issue with the woman who ‘discovered’ the G-spot and hears of intimate experience from supporters and detractors alike.

Screenings and travel costs of SégolèneHanotaux - courtesy of the French Embassy and FilmsTransit International.

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