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War Zone

War Zone
1:16:00 | 1998

Categories: Documentary, Arts and Culture

WAR ZONE is about sex, power, and what happens when men - either knowingly or unknowingly - threaten a woman's right to walk undisturbed on the streets.  What exactly do catcalls, leers, or a whole litany of other behaviors mean to a woman?  And why do men engage in these behaviors? Shot all over the United States, Maggie Hadleigh-West turns her camera on men in the same way that they turn their aggression on her. WAR ZONE is 76 minutes of explosive footage as the filmmaker places herself in very real danger by daring to ask the men on the streets why they are treating a complete stranger in a sexual way.  In the process, she has been hit, yelled at, apologized to and engaged in mesmerizing conversations with the men that have harassed her.  Through these conversations, Hadleigh-West reveals the anger, fear and frustration as well as the affection, admiration and humor that characterizes relationships between men and women. This movie is guaranteed to get men and women talking about their often very different experiences in public.

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Devon
d********m
October 17, 2014
F
This is horrible. Look how much focus women want and lengths they go to for attention magazines, make up, fake lashes, weave, breast. But then when men look they are called out on camera? It's human nature to look at other sex put a damn shirt on and you wouldn't get those remarks. This woman is crazy and twist half the guys comments around she's bitching they look down at breast when her shirt doesn't button till bottom of cleavage it has almost nothing on the back! Get a life girl get over yourself and saying you don't like the looks comments and attention you dressed that way knowing what comments men would make and tried making a boo who movie from it! The only sorry you deserve is for the pity felt inside you need help and to see the media and what girls dream of entire life and that's to be center of attention you film Blk n white to hide your make up and attempts for attention to have footage for this lame documentary I cut short due to anger you bring out falsely reporting this topic how many men said you twisting my actions up? GET A LIFE SERIOUSLY you have mental problems
MrPacs User
t********m
November 1, 2014
F
^Missed the point
Monique O'Reilly
m********m
October 3, 2014
A
Emily Buder
e********m
July 29, 2014
A+
madeline reese
l********m
July 16, 2014
A
William Martin
w********m
July 12, 2014
C-
Emilios Aerts
m********m
February 27, 2014
A
Stephanie Oluku
s********m
December 29, 2013
A
Lawrence Carter-Long
l********m
November 28, 2013
A
Adam Kukk
m********t
November 14, 2013
C
Laurie Sanzone
c********t
October 7, 2013
B+
I love her spirit!
Lauren smith
l********m
October 6, 2013
C-
Howard Green
d********m
September 18, 2013
I'm sorry, I believe that sexual harassment is a very serious issue and I respect and sympathize with her experience, but the filmmaking on display is poorly presented and undermines her points. I say this having seen about 20 minutes, but to this point, with a few exceptions she is shaming men who are not shown doing worse than glancing in her direction. Many, though not all the comments we see from men are direct responses to her interrogations. Again, I have no doubt of her truthfulness and the importance of this subject, and there may be more convincing examples to come, but she's not selling her case terribly well.
C.M Padget
p********m
July 21, 2013
A-
Sarah
t********m
July 7, 2013
A-
Ayana Aaron
m********m
June 26, 2013
B+
Sarah Clark
b********m
February 4, 2013
I don't equate what the men on the street did with the 911 call at the end. But I can't help thinking that if she had owned a gun, she could have defended herself.
Sarah Clark
b********m
February 4, 2013
@[612030011:2048:Michele Parkhill Purdie] if you haven't already seen this documentary, you should watch it.
WaabanooKanag Biskaabiiyang
k********a
January 26, 2013
This is very hard for most. To look at the men of our society in any kind of positive manner, in every aspect of a mans simply life, and I say simply because they don't ask for much, this civilization does not provide much at all, there is nothing positive here as we are dominated by a patriarchal educated men who are influencing others that are not so, education and family nurturing is the issue, it is but a generic/base and a media-ocery civil interaction that will continue and feed off its self, this system of civilization is poor in worlds as it is in words, its a failure by all who are participating, more so the men then anyone else, just like any issue in this obscene civilization it will continue to be perpetrated by all who will subscribe to this dysfunction.
AJ Fenske
1********g
August 14, 2012
Although I very much appreciated the content of this film and found it very thought-provoking, I did not see any reason to include the recorded 911 call, let alone end the film with it. It was horrific. I am not a rape victim, nor am I aware of anyone close to me who is. Nonetheless, I was affected and did not feel any reason for this to be included. It had nothing to do with street harassment. I realize rape is also and expression of dominance or power like street harassment was. However, there are a thousand other ways that this film could have ended, and this was absolutely the worst possible one to choose. I would like to share the content of this video with friends and family, but I will tell them not to listen to the very end as it serves no purpose and does not reinforce any message sent by the film.
Olga Fedorova
o********u
April 11, 2013
Including the 911 call at the end did serve a purpose. The director of this film was raped by someone who harassed her and followed her into her apartment.
Audun Kjaernet
8********g
July 11, 2012
There should have been a warning that the video included explicit footage of a man masturbating.
Sarah Bebinger
8********g
July 17, 2012
I think the 911 call later on was particularly harrowing.
Audun Kjaernet
8********g
July 4, 2012
Jesus Christ, talk about making a big deal out of a tiny problem! I'm sure that when she gets older and start noticing less attention from guys, she is going to miss the times she got comments and looks from random guys on the street... We all got our problems. If your biggest problem in this world is not being able to handle attention from the opposite sex in a normal way, you can consider yourself very lucky!
Gunnhild Vik
7********g
July 4, 2012
er det å gi komplimenter som "hey beautiful" en harrassment? kjenner jeg er innmari uenig :p Hvordan er det med deg @[848085716:2048:Audun]? Fint å bo med svenskene? :D
Gunnhild Vik
7********g
July 4, 2012
haha, deilig norsk-engelsk :) "snakk om å.. talk about.."
Audun Kjaernet
8********g
July 4, 2012
Vel, gadd bare å se 10 min av filmen, men frøkna konfronterte en stakkars fyr som bare kikka på puppene hennes..... Virket som hun reagerte på alt mulig, fra lange blikk til kommentarer de slang etter henne. Ta deg en bolle, sier bare jeg..... Joa, meg går det bra med! Svenskene er ålreite. De er med på å holde det sånn nogenlunde ryddig også :) Og det er bra! Du da? Nyter du sommern i Drammen?
Gunnhild Vik
7********g
July 4, 2012
Jeg nyter livet i Drammen :) Litt kaos, håper på å vinne i lotto snart, sånn at alle problemene mine forsvinner. Men ellers koser jeg meg med familie, venner og godværet som dukka fram i dag. Håper gjerne jeg får treffe deg igjen i sommer :)
Roscoe Pibull
r********m
June 4, 2012
It's not hard to figure out why they do it.It's just sexual attraction.It's normal, and wouldn't it be a boring world without it? yes it can feel a little awkward to be stared/whistled at.Get over it girls, it's not a threat.And don't worry, soon enough we will all be so old that no one will be taking a second look at us.catcalls and stares are not sexual harrasment.Real sexual harrasment is horrible, and its when a boss or someone in power uses their hold over you to try to extort sex.
Debra Williams
1********g
June 3, 2012
Men are dogs.
Ron Abrams
1********g
May 26, 2012
stupid movie, from a dumbass woman.
Olga Fedorova
o********u
April 11, 2013
Stupid comment from a worthless piece of shit.
Nicole Singleton
n********m
May 15, 2012
This film maker makes a fantastic point. I don't think men or women who think this kind of behavior is ok GET IT. Men who engage in this type of behavior are predators. They are the lowest forms of life. I could never live in New York City. Those men act like gutter scum.
Halie Hovenga
8********g
May 4, 2013
Unfortunately, this happens everywhere. I've never lived in NYC, but I especially remember being harassed on city streets in Cincinnati and Virginia as a young girl. I constantly felt like I was watching my back and wondering if the harassment would stay vocal or become more confrontational.
Daxx Vondrachen
z********m
May 15, 2012
I can solve all her problems...Throw on a burrka, sew up her vagina and move to the kingdom of Saudi...She's not all that and a bag of chips. She's a certified bra burner and Nucking Futs...I feel sorry for the guy she has sign a contract to have sex....but he' will be better off staying with his boyfriend....Anyway with her attitude I don't think she'll have to worry about anyone wanting to get close to her plumbing.
Nowanna Tellya
1********g
August 14, 2012
Actually, street harassment is a major problem in Saudi Arabia. and actually, you are a misogynist idiot
Steven Vanpotter
1********g
May 14, 2012
they fear being queer.
Steven Vanpotter
1********g
May 14, 2012
if you notice most of these men that say derogatory statements are lower class men, men that don't have respect fdor themselves and think they are doing a favor to women or paying them a compliment.i think men do that because they fear that if they don't pay attention to a woman by saying sexual statemnts they will have homosexual underpinnings.
Dina Nigmatullina
d********m
August 14, 2012
this may be true. But harassing women is not a way to boost/ prove his heterosexuality.
Halie Hovenga
8********g
May 4, 2013
Unfortunately the performative nature of street harassment affects real people, not just the men with the pressure to perform in hopes of gaining status among other men. And participants in harassment are not just lower class men, but men across all socioeconomic classes and in different ways. The culture of masculinity (group dynamics that result in acting out on women to impress friends) runs deep and strikes at women in violent ways, verbally, as seen here, and physically, as seen in the 13 year old raped by classmates in a park in Banning, CA, in 2011, in the rape of an unconscious high school teen by a group of footballers she thought were her friends in Steubenville, OH, this year, and in the alleged rape of a 13 year old by 2 footballers in CT this year (the list is extensive). Why are these men performing this way in groups, if it's not a result of performance for others, as you say? But it is not just lower class men, and we already know this. Just see rape theory or feminist theory. And women are traumatized by these violent acts, both verbal and physical. That's the story that's being told here, a a story of trauma done by a performative and harmful masculinity on women's psyche and bodies. And the men who reply with name calling are displaying a desire to maintain a dominant status quo that women are clearly rejecting. And yet, this reaction too, right here in this forum, is violent in the way it seeks to harm women's psyches. And we're done with it. We're done with it all, and we're doing our work to end it. Now, we need men to join us in this effort, not by reacting defensively, but by saying, hey, you know, that's really harmful behavior, and we need to change it. We need men to do that, Steven. It's not enough to name it, here: (I mean, that's what women are doing, naming, we've *been* naming for years). We have to change it collectively, and we need men to get on board.