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God Save My Shoes

God Save My Shoes

Original Title: God Save My Shoes
Director: Julie Benasra
USA | English, French
2011 | 60min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: HDCAM
15+
This film also has a special ladies-only screening on Tuesday, October 18th. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Ladies, take my advice: Wear a pair of fabulous heels to this film. Gentlemen, polish up your best brogues. God Save My Shoes is a fun, lighthearted documentary that explores the close and complex relationship women have with shoes… high-heeled shoes in particular. Even if your wardrobe doesn’t have more than one shelf dedicated to stilettoes, or if you’re not stashing a pair at work or in your car at all times, you will nevertheless find something here to smile at.

Director Julie Benasra walks the audience through the ages to examine women and their footwear from a historical, psychological, sociocultural and even erotic perspective. Interviews with well-known designers Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Pierre Hardy sit alongside personal insights shared by shoe-obsessed women and celebrities like Fergie, Dita Von Teese and Kelly Rowland as the film struts its way through various ideas and observations around the million-dollar question: Why are women obsessed with what they wear on their feet?

High heels make women taller. They change how they see themselves and how they are seen by others. They can be suggestive, provocative and sexy. A single pair of shoes can promote feelings of power or vulnerability in varying measures. And the list, Benasra finds, goes on. While you may not agree with all of the suggestions or conclusions in this film –and even if you don’t have a shoe fetish –you’ll surely leave the theater looking at footwear in a different light.

–Cliodhna Fullam

Director,  Julie Benasra

Director,  Julie Benasra

Julie Benasra served as first assistant director, line producer, researcher and journalist for the nine-part Sony Music/VisionTV documentary series European Music Legends in 2009. She lived in New York until 2006; on her return to France, she began translating films and documentaries. She has served as writer, producer and translator on films such as Just for Kicks (2005), Way of the B-Boy (2008) and Any Given Tuesday in Brooklyn (2009).

Cast and Crew

Director
Julie Benasra
Cast
Stacy Ferguson, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Dita Von Teese, Monica Von Neumann, Beth Shak, Kelly Rowland, Filipa Fino, Walter Steiger, Meghan Cleary, Nikki Schiro, Elizabeth Semmelhack, Anne Hugo, Marie-Agnes Gillot, Pierre Hardy, Mary Lou Quinlan, Robert Clergerie, Caroline De Fayet, Valerie Steele, Bruno Frisoni, Shequida Hall, Serge Hefez, Sophie Bramly, Laya Rahman
Production Company
Caid Productions, Inc.
Music
Elliott Carlson
Producer
Thierry Daher
Foreign Right Sales
Caid Productions, Inc.
Screenwriter
Julie Benasra
Editor
Catherine Peiz, Jacques Terrien
Cinematographer
Beatrice Mizrahi, Pierrot Colonna
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