Synchronicity has guided my life for some time now and I’ve come to learn that when something is seemingly dropped into your lap randomly, it’s usually not random at all. A week ago, out of the blue, I received an email about a documentary called FEMME: Women Healing the World starring and produced by Sharon Stone with a link to a free preview of the film. I don’t watch much TV in general unless I feel like I’ll gain something positive from it but there was something about this piece that called to me. After watching the documentary, I was in awe of how beautifully the director represented the concept of the shift of rebalancing of feminine power happening in the world right now. I was intrigued, to say the least.
FEMME is an inspirational voyage of women around the world who are actively transforming and healing global society on a daily basis. It highlights the movement toward women regaining equilibrium and standing tall in their feminine essence once again, transforming the so-called man’s world into one of equality of the feminine/masculine energies.
As a woman who has really stepped into my personal power and feminine energy over the past few years, I wholeheartedly believe a documentary like FEMME was long overdue but I was shocked to find that the creator behind this brilliant film is a man. I sat down with Emmanuel Itier at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles during his film screening to get the low down on how and why a man got involved in such a project.
Emmanuel is no stranger to sharing powerful messages through film. He started at the tender age of 15 in France after having a vision and hearing a poem in his head during math class. He was moved to film the vision and the rest is history. Now at 46, he has 5 more documentary projects on the slate and is gearing up to hit the road again to start filming.
One of the messages in the film that stuck with me (being a woman and a mother) is the fact that in ancient times, many cultures revered woman as sacred because of their ability to birth new life. As a husband and father of three (two boys and one on the way), Emmanuel says he has the utmost respect and appreciation for woman, teaching his boys to do hold the same outlook. His views on woman aren’t the societal norm but he aspires to change this through creating empowering and educating projects like FEMME: “The power of women is a given since they give life to every human being. Men have to recognize, we owe you our lives! Beyond this fact, I believe women are a strong equal partner to men, and are the necessary complementary balance men need.”
When asked why he chose to create a feminist movie, he was very matter of fact: “I realized no man had ever done a feminist movie therefore I decided it should be done – et Voila! It sounds easy but obviously it was a huge endeavor on 5 continents, 20 countries and 500 interviews over 3 years…but it’s in the doing that you become. It’s by making that things exist.”
The title of the film was originally going to be The Goddess but Emmanuel felt the film needed a broader reaching name, a more open name. He says, “The femme energy is in all of us. In the belly of the mother, we are both male and female for up to three months.”
The cast of FEMME is a collection of 100 women from around the world ranging from Shamans to successful business women. The process finding all these women contributors started by making a list from the internet and those he knew but many came to him from referrals and leads from others. “It was a domino effect. I had to go with the flow. I had to become this very fluid, feminine humble servant. I realized, I’m not going to direct the movie, I’m going to let it direct me. There were many well known and not so well known women included in the film but in the end, it created a beautiful canvas of many voices, no one taking over anyone else.” This follows the theme of one of his main messages from the film: Equality for all.
Emmanuel Itier makes no excuses for being a bit crazy and blunt but his messages are powerful and very much re-evolutionary in nature. My final question to him during our interview was to sum up the message he hopes to relay with FEMME. He says too many people talk about making changes but never do anything believing they can’t make a change or they’re waiting for someone else to do it. His message was simple, yet loud and clear. “Together, you and I, feminine and masculine, we are and we create life. Shut up, let’s join forces, and get to work.”
I thoroughly enjoyed my time chatting with the quirky yet grounded creator/director Emmanuel Itier and I have no doubt he’ll continue to change the world one film at a time. Whether you’re a man or a woman, I strongly encourage everyone to watch this re-evolutionary new documentary, FEMME: Women Healing the World. You won’t be disappointed and I assure you, you’ll walk away with a vastly different view of what femininity truly is and how desperately the world needs it now more than ever.
It comes as no surprise that Emmanuel won the Conscious Life Award for Best Documentary at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles at the screening of FEMME. To follow his worldly journeys and see the other great projects he has in the works, Emmanuel can be reached through his company, Wonderland Entertainment Group. (photo credit: Rick Carter)
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