Sacred Water

Sacred Water

Olivier Jourdain

In Western civilization the female orgasm is often shrouded in mystery. In Rwanda, however, it is literally legendary. According to an old legend, Lake Kivu – one of the Great Lakes in Africa – was formed by the orgasmic flood of a queen. Intrigued by this legend radio presenter Vestine is bound to investigate the secrets of female sexuality and wishes to bring a respectful tribute to female pleasure with a broad smile and without the slightest diffidence or trepidation.

In Western civilization the female orgasm is often shrouded in mystery. In Rwanda, however, it is literally legendary. According to an old legend, Lake Kivu – one of the Great Lakes in Africa – was formed by the orgasmic flood of a queen. Intrigued by this legend radio presenter Vestine is bound to investigate the secrets of female sexuality and wishes to bring a respectful tribute to female pleasure with a broad smile and without the slightest diffidence or trepidation.
 
The title’s sacred water refers to Kunyaza – the female ejaculation. The extravagant radio personality Vestine wants to know all about it and aspires to honor the Rwandan sexual tradition and keep it intact. Furthermore, Vestine tries to bring attention to the Gukuna ritual, involving young women to prepare for sex by means of herbs and massage. Candid and cheerful conversations about the Kunyaza technique, about whether all women possess the ability, but also about the apparent fact Western folks know less than little about the phenomenon... therefore they do not know what they are missing out on.
 
Director Olivier Jourdain studied anthropology at the university in Leuven (KULeuven) and attended film school at Brunel in London. He has been traveling Africa for more than 15 years and is telling a very different story about Rwanda than we are accustomed to. Sacred Water depicts a contemporary Rwanda with an infectious spontaneity and a cheerful respect for female pleasure. Where the Western world likes to pretend to be an advocate of sexual liberation for women, it comes to show that we still have a great deal to learn, and the candor and sincerity of Rwandan culture concerning female sexuality can serve as a grand example.

Documentaire / 2016 / 0:56 / Regie: Olivier Jourdain / / België / Gesproken taal: Anders / Ondertiteling: Engels / Leeftijdscategorie: AL

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