Daughters of Wolbachia
* Description written by film director and conceptualist,
In the wake of a feminist bacterial apocalypse, three women fight to secure domination over man once and for all.
Imagine a world in which a bacteria kills all males in a species, turns any remaining males into females, and makes it possible for virgin females to give birth. That world exists, right beneath our feet. Whole insect populations have been feminized due to Wolbachia bacteria. Daughters of Wolbachia places this bacteria into the human landscape, and asks: What would power look like in a world without men?
The film was shot by an all-female crew, bringing together women in film, fine art, dance, and poetry.
Stills from film by Ariel McCleese
Boston Court Theatre Pasadena
Director: Ariel McCleese
Movement Direction: Robyn O'Dell
Cast: Ava Hase, Ela Castillo, Anna Christensen, Maxwell Williams
Written by: Ariel McCleese and Vanessa Roveto
Produced by: Ariel McCleese and Alex Rose
Cinematographer: Hannah Getz