MEDUSA – Review by Marina Antunes

A group of young women wearing white masks, roam the streets of Rio tracking down other women they feel are “sinful,” and assaulting them until they renounce, on camera and live-streamed onto social media, their evil ways and embrace Jesus. In her second feature film Medusa, writer/director Anita Rocha da Silveira marries the rise of religious vigor with observations on obsession, the perils of social media, peer pressure and, perhaps most troubling (always) how young women interact in groups.

Read more

MEDUSA (TIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Medusa is wild, glamorous, and marked with a dark, slick fury. But it’s not all surface sheen; Anita Rocha da Silveira is clearly no one’s fool and has little interest in subtlety in her take-down of the hypocrisy and violence of the religious right. While set in contemporary Brazil, there’s a universality to the film’s tale of young women caught in the contradictory frenzy of the unrelenting gaze of others – male and female – which, of course, contains a power that the film’s very name underscores with its ancient, mythic potency.

Read more