Art and freedom – Finding creative expression / HER – Women in Asia (Season 2) | DW Documentary

Get to know three women from three different Asian countries who have found their own form of expression. How do themes such as femininity, gender roles, women’s rights and violence feature in the works of these female artists? Malaysian artist Yante Ismail paints nude women, challenging the norms of patriarchal society. Uzma Ashraf is a Kathak dancer. Through dance, she learned to relate to her body, which is not easy for a woman in Pakistan. Kartika Jahja, better known as Tika, is an Indonesian musician, a cultural activist, and a sexual assault survivor. Music helped her get through tough times and now music is the medium of her activism.

HER portrays the lives of women from all spheres of Asian societies, featuring protagonists from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. In each episode, three women give their perspectives on universal, existential and crucial topics such as careers in male dominated professions, motherhood, money and self-expression.

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