Photographer and director Robert Lang release his short filmIron sistersBased on two sisters facing a world where men are a dying minority in a matriarchal, female-led society.
Men fear women in a modern feminist take on the violent myth of American masculinity. The film features actress and writers Anna Newell and Kat Hessen as fierce sisters in the Western-inspired short film.
In an interview with HERO Magazine Anna Newell stated “We wanted to explore a world where women’s instincts weren’t hidden, manipulated, or repressed.”
Starring: Kat Hessen (left) and Anna Newell (right) in the short film The Iron Sisters
This is not your average spaghetti western. The women are the lead and the men play the supporting character. The short film follows Fey Iron, a friendly female traveler, who confronts her natural impulses when she encounters a lone man in the desert.
We follow Fey and her older sister, Dylan, through a day in their lives. They are nice to plants, animals, and each other but in a world where the roles of men and women are reversed, can women really be held responsible for the darker side of their God-given inclinations?
Film Still: The short film follows Faye and her older sister, Dylan, through a day in their lives
“What would a world in which a man fears a woman find him alone look like?” declared Anna Newell.
“What if the mere sight of a man’s body was an excuse for a woman to lose her self-control, to be overcome by a desire to conquer, to possess, to possess? He fears women as women often fear him.”
It is my hope that by experiencing a taste of this alternate reality, men and women can gain a greater understanding of each other and the roles we have been assigned and often unconsciously adopted.
Encouraging men to be masculine can skew their normal state into a hostile one. Encouraging a woman to be feminine can skew her natural state into one of passivity and submissiveness. We ventured into reverse. ” Anna continued.
Fierce: “What would a world in which a man fears a woman find him alone look like?” declared Anna Newell
Kat Hessen is from Norway but now resides in San Diego, California, and is a student majoring in filmmaking and aspiring to a career in screenwriting and directing.
Kat wrote a powerful article about the modern women in the film and how they are fulfilled.
“It’s unfortunate. This trend toward gender-based brutality has marred the history of the human race, and we all agree it would be mutually beneficial if it subsided. However, the evolutionary potential of every woman on this little blue planet suddenly transcends her life. Most basic and non-biological urges Mutable attitudes towards violence and sexual assault… We cannot and do not expect such unnatural changes overnight. Therefore, we can only encourage our men to accept their mission of discouraging and mitigating dangerous situations.
Strong: Kat Hessen, originally from Norway but now residing in San Diego, California, is a film major and aspires to a screenwriting and directing career.
We advise all men to use caution when traveling alone in crowded, sparsely populated or desolate areas. Avoid moving around after dark, and stay in groups whenever possible – safety is in numbers.
Dress appropriately and modestly, and try not to attract unwanted attention to yourself and your body. If you approach a woman, do not abuse, challenge or reject her. If you can’t protect yourself from her advances, and you’ve become a victim of a violent or sexual crime, it may help to think about your role in provoking her anger.
Spaghetti Western: Cinematic scenarios reminiscent of traditional Western backgrounds adorn the short film
Adapting your behavior is always the easiest defense against an attack. We wish all of our female colleagues respected and valued men the way we do, but given the inherently aggressive and pleasure-driven biology of the female population, we must be very proactive in combating violence against men.
In today’s day and age, we still have to live within the sometimes unfair rules and laws of the matriarchy. These frameworks naturally favor the stronger and more aggressive sex, sometimes oppressing the more gentle and calm male specimens of our species. Sometimes these innate differences between the sexes lead to violence and even death. It’s unfortunate.”
Breathtaking: The movie was shot in the desert of California, USA
Director Robert Lang said that in the climate we now live in in America, women’s rights are being pushed to the limit.
It is important now that you participate and act in films written by women about issues that are not in film at the moment. As a male director, this was hard for me to put up with because I didn’t have to experience the harsh reality of being a woman. We had to get along in the filming process and it was a collaboration from start to finish.
The main challenge was not making a man-hates film but touching on the issues and playing the opposite role of women and men in the film by intentionally sexualizing the male character.
Movie Poster: In the climate we now live in in America, Robert Lang said, women’s rights are being pushed to the limit