subtitled video | 16 min
Audio series: The Revenge of a Woman
Director and scriptwriter: Suvi Tuuli Kataja
The Revenge of a Woman is an audio series which blends together fact and fiction. The main character of the series, Saila, reflects her life with fresh eyes and realizes that excessive kindness has always been a problem for her and a burden. She begins to examine her own aggression, soon to find out that an aggressive woman is still a taboo and different rules apply in regulating the expression of female and male aggression.
Saila’s saga of revenge begins when she gets deliberately run over on a pedestrian crossing. The perpetrator is not caught and Saila does not get any justice. She makes a drastic life change: she stops being nice and humble and decides to no longer merely just settle, please others or be grateful for nothing. First and foremost, she wants to take justice and power back to her own hands and she decides to settle the score. Thus, she embarks on a voyage of systematic vengeance.
Karma is a bitch. And so is Saila.
The Revenge of a Woman is a genre blend between an explorative essay and a tragicomedy. It reflects the passive-aggressive modes of action typical for women through Saila’s acts of revenge. Psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, Elina Reenkola, who has researched female hatred and aggression, is heard through the series as a regular voice, along with other experts and scientists familiar with the topic.
The series investigates the role of the patriarchal society in the expression of female aggression. It also represents instances of revenge familiar from popular culture and literature in a fresh light. Throughout the course of the series, Robocop dealing with shame will be interviewed and Saila will hang out with Darth Vader on the dark side, for example.
The Revenge of a Woman -series portrays the evil within humans in a kind, humoristic fashion, and it brings forth reasons from an evolutionary point of view for why the act of revenge has remained in the human social sphere. It portrays how people ought to recognize their own dark sides instead of denying them.
Yleisradio, the Finnish public broadcasting company, collected revenge fantasies from listeners with an online form to be used in writing the series. The collecting of the revenge fantasies of women actually caused a stir in the yellow press. This proved the makers of the series that the aggression of women still remains a taboo, further underlining the importance of creating this series.
Working group of the Woman’s Revenge podcast: producer Eerik Purdon, sound designer Tuomas Skopa, director-screenwriter Suvi Tuuli Kataja, actress Pirjo Heikkilä, playwright Elli Salo, producer Suvi Ahoniemi and composer Jussi Liukkonen. Photo: Ilmari Fabritius