The Dilemma of Desire panel selected for SXSW 2020

Key participants and filmmakers behind The Dilemma of Desire, directed by Maria Finitzo and produced by Diane Quon and Cynthia Kane, will convene onstage at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference in March 2020.

Director Maria Finitzo will speak on a panel titled “The Politics of Pleasure: Can We Come Together?” with two of the film’s participants, Ti Chang and Sophia Wallace. They will discuss how claiming the right to sexual pleasure for all bodies is a revolutionary act; consequences of stigmas toward women’s sexual desire; and connections between sexual rights and other rights. 

Community voters and SXSW selected the team’s panel through an online platform where community members can submit ideas for conference activities. SXSW will announce the exact date of this event soon.

The Dilemma of Desire is a feature-length documentary that explores female sexual desire and gender equality through the stories of four women who are working to shatter myths around women’s bodies and promote “cliteracy”- the understanding that the clitoris is fundamental to female pleasure. The film also follows five young women finding the courage to own their sexuality.

Find out more about the panel and the project.

Maria Finitzo is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened in festivals around the world. She uses both documentary and fiction storytelling to investigate important social issues. In 2014, she founded Film Arts Productions, which is developing her next fiction film. Finitzo is a 2018 Film Independent Fellow.

Ti Chang is an award-winning industrial designer and entrepreneur who specializes in creative sex toys for women. Sophia Wallace is a conceptual artist who uses art to promote discussion and confront taboos about female sexuality.

Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW brings together the interactive, film and music industries for a ten-day conference and festival.