Birds of Paradise

Julia Montilla

Birds of Paradisealludes to the parallelisms between women and birds that have come from art and literature. Frequently, in Western mythology, emancipated women and those opposed to the patriarchal order were given some birdlike features. This is a theme I have previously tackled in the video La pájara (2002) and which I continue in this one, creating a documentary that humorously analyses the image of the vamp, those birds who terrified some intellectuals and artists during the last half of the XIX century, when the first feminist movements appeared and prostitution proliferated. It is a tribute to all those Liliths, mermaids, harpies, ‘lamias’ (female vampires from Basque mythology) and other beautiful bloodsuckers with their free sexuality, which a century and a half later seem condemned to carry on preening their feathers.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Birds of Paradise
  • Direction: Julia Montilla
  • Production: Moonlit. 2003.
  • Duration: 00:04:16
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright