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 Bartana

Co 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

Shooting Format: 4K
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Doc Aviv
    beyond the screen competition

  • Sheffield docs

  • CPH Dox
    vision award

Involved Broadcasters


Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

Volksbühne Berlin, Manchester International Festival, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

World Sales

my-i productions and ingenue productions


Art / Music / Culture, Human Interest / Social Issues, Newest Arrivals, Politics, Women Stories