WIFF | FILMS

DIVINE ORDER, THE

Review

Director:

 Petra Biondina Volpe

Genre:

Country:

SWITZERLAND

Rated:

14A

Year:

2017

Language:

German, English

Runtime:

96 Minutes

Description:

Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader. After organizing the village’s first meeting to support women getting the right to vote, her family is mocked, bullied, and shunned. Despite the obstacles and backlash, Nora perseveres and convinces the village women to go on strike, abandoning their homes and families.

The Divine Order is a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice.

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