Talking Points: Why Sarah Polley Had To Make ‘Women Talking’

Director Sarah Polley on the set of her film
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Women Talking is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Miriam Toevs, which, although fictional, was based on events that actually happened in a Bolivian Mennonite colony. Of course, in 2018, Hollywood was in the midst of several #MeToo allegations. So, when filmmaker Sarah Polley read the book about women who were being sexually assaulted by the men in their colony, she was more than just a little intrigued. She set about writing a screenplay based on the novel, then directed the film, which has been touted as one of 2022’s best and a possible Oscar contender. When we spoke to Polley about the novel, she told us why it was a project she had to work on. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sarah Polley)

Women Talking is now playing in theaters.

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