Director: Yoko Ono

USA, experimental, 1970, 1 min

This film is a minute’s reflection on the freedom of women, the lack of it – according to the director Yoko, to be precise. A woman is struggling while trying to remove her bra. The experimental soundtrack by John Lennon – distinct sounds of the electric synthesizer – sharpen the rhytm of the process. “Freedom“ is another visual metaphor by the controversial Yoko Ono.

About the director:

Yoko Ono (born in 1933, Tokyo, Japan) is an artist, musician, author and peace activist. Although she received a lot of recognition because of her marriage to John Lennon and more than a decade of joint creative activity, Yoko Ono is also appreciated as one of last century’s most famous avant-garde solo artists. After all, don’t you remember long-haired J. Lennon and Y. Ono sitting in a bed and singing “Give Peace a Chance?“ Yoko’s life and work are inextricably linked. After discovering the French existencialists and meeting New York’s Fluxus gang, the director started to create unconventional art, spreading the zen-like ideas of feminism and individuality. Her happenings attracted crowds of people. But Yoko Ono’s life cannot be imagined without John Lennon, as the latter’s life is unimaginable without the woman, who played the femme fatale role in his being. Having met in 1966, London, they were inseparable both in their creations and life until John’s Lennon’s death in 1980. But this did not break Yoko Ono’s spirit – the artist is still creatively active and remains one the most prominent peace activists in the world.

Section: Special Screenings: Avantgarde women programme curated by Jonas Mekas

Screenplay: Yoko Ono, John Lennon

Dir. of Photography: Steve Gebhardt

Music: John Lennon

Cast: Yoko Ono