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Short synopsis

 

In NAK-ED director Jan Dalchow goes on a journey to discover why he is ashamed of his own naked body, as it seems most of us are. 


He meets Edinburgh-based photographer Kenneth S. Myklebust, who with his 1000 Bodies Project lets ordinary people take their own naked selfie in a studio. Some of his subjects are shameless, others have big issues with their bodies and self image. They list many reasons for their shame: Society in general, parents, social media, being bullied as children. Most of the participants find that taking part of the art project feels liberating. 


The journey continues to one of US’ most liberal cities, San Francisco. There, body activists are fighting a nudity ban proposed by city council member Scott Wiener. 
In front of the protests is mother of three Gypsy Taub, who repeatedly gets arrested for protesting naked, including during city council meetings. 


Christina DiEdoardo is their lawyer, and she explains how targeting small minorities like the nude activists sets a dangerous precedent. 


Mr. Pam, possibly the world’s only female director of gay porn, joins the protest by creating a political porn parody of  Wiener and his nudity ban.


The activists are narrowly defeated, but continue the fight. Gypsy even gets married naked on the steps of City Hall - and arrested, again.


The director’s journey is also a personal one, and he challenges his own body shame by participating in Kenneth’s art project in Edinburgh, a nude talk show in San Francisco, and volunteering as a naked extra in a dance performance back in Norway.


This documentary is sometimes absurd, often emotional, and always fascinating. Jan ends up being convinced that the repression of normal, naked bodies is harmful to all of us, and that accepting your own body is vital to your mental health. 

 

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About the director

 

Jan Dalchow (b. 1968) has since 1995 produced and/or directed several award-winning documentaries. He gained the attention of both the industry, the press and the public with the LGBT documentaries “I Love Whom I Want to Love”, “Dirty, Sinful Me” and “100% Human”, and co-directed/produced the controversial short film “Precious Moments”  awarded at the Berlinale and Tribeca. In producing “USA vs Al-Arian” and “Living Without Money”, he took on anti-Muslim laws and consumer culture.

Being an outsider is a common and dear theme to Dalchow, who knows what “being different” can entail.  

 

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Specifications

 

Documentary title  NAK-ED

 

Tag line  Who told you that your body isn’t good enough?

 

Project status Masters are ready for delivery

 

Broadcast format/length  HD 16:9 / 55 min 45 sec

 

Social media format/length Instagram 4:5 /10 episodes, various lengths (3–12 minutes)

 

(Both formats also available with burned-in subtitles)

 

Available versions • Censored (with genitals blurred and/or covered with black censor bars)

• Uncensored

 

Delivery format  XDCAM

 

Languages spoken  English (80%), Norwegian (15%), Swedish (5%)

 

Subtitle language  English (SRT files available)

 

Directed by Jan Dalchow

 

Produced by Roger Moe (Tun Media)/Jan Dalchow (Dalchows Verden)

 

Edited by Eirik Munthe-Kaas

 

D.O.P. Frank Alvegg

 

Development partners Ivan Gasparini, Hilde Skofteland, Line Halvorsen, Bjørn Eivind Aarskog 
and Morten Daae Ingebrethsen

 

Supported by Viken Filmsenter, Fritt Ord, Norwegian Film Institute, Creative Europe/MEDIA, Fond for lyd & bilde

 

Website nak-ed.org

 

Facebook facebook.com/nakededucation 

 

Press contact contact@nak-ed.org

 

International sales  Films Transit • filmstransit.com 

Jan Rofekamp • jan@filmstransit.com

 

Festivals  Norwegian Film Institute • nfi.no 

Toril Simonsen • toril.simonsen@nfi.no

 

PRESS KIT is available here: https://nak-ed.org/press/

© NAK-ED is produced by Dalchows Verden Ltd. and Tun Media AS
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