Two Minutes To Midnight
“What if women ruled the world?” Yael Bartana stages the question in her performative ‘Two Minutes to Midnight’, where an all-women government of a fictitious country must take a stand on an imminent nuclear threat from a foreign nation. A panel of fictional characters and real women experts in fields such as defense, law, politics and psychology is set in a democratic ‘Peace Room’, mirroring the toxically masculine ‘War Room’ in Stanley Kubrick’s classic Cold War satire, ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ The women are tasked with deciding how to approach the pre-scripted situation. Bartana’s visionary work is the synthesis of an interdisciplinary four-year process that analyses the geopolitical power game – and presents us with an alternative to the macho power discourse.
Director: Yael Bartana
Producer: Naama Pyritz, Yael BartanaCo Producer: Flauner films germany
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Production Company: ingenue productions and my-i productions
Duration: 47 min.
Date of Release: April 2021 cphdox
Country of Production: Germany
Festivals & Awards
beyond the screen competition
Involved Institutions and Other Financiers
Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017
my-i productions and ingenue productions