The Ceremony / La cérémonie film screening at Vancity Theatre


Critical Studies in Sexuality is pleased to invite you to the special free screening of The Ceremony / La cérémonie, with our Presenting Partner, DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Directed by Lina Mannheimer, this 2014 Swedish documentary film features the life and sadomasochist work of France’s famous dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet.

Catherine Robbe-Grillet, a sharp intellectual born in 1930, published her first book (L’image) in 1956. It was banned and publicly burned in Paris. After more than 50 years of exploring eroticism and the world of sadomasochism, Robbe-Grillet is today widely considered France’s most famous dominatrix.

The Ceremony / La cérémonie

Lina Mannheimer | Sweden, France | 2014 | 75 min
French with English subtitles

Tuesday, November 17, 7PM
Vancity Theatre

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The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with Andrea Zanin, Writer, Leather/BDSM Educator.

andrea_resizedAndrea Zanin has been writing and teaching internationally about Leather/BDSM/power dynamics, non-monogamy and queer sexuality for nearly 15 years. She is a prominent media commentator, frequently called upon to demystify consensual BDSM and critique representations of BDSM in pop culture. Andrea is pursuing a PhD in gender, feminist and women’s studies at York University, focusing on BDSM and on Canadian leatherdyke history. She has co-organized Canada’s annual leatherdyke weekend, An Unholy Harvest, since 2007, and founded The Leather Bindings Society, her pervy book and film club, in 2008. Andrea has published essays and erotic short stories in numerous award-winning anthologies. In Montreal, she co-organized leatherdyke group the Unholy Army of the Night (2003-2007) and she founded and co-facilitated CinéKink, a BDSM film and discussion series (2004-2006). She was named Toronto Leather Pride’s Woman of the Year 2014. You can read Andrea’s work at, follow her on Facebook at, or find her on Twitter @sexgeekAZ.

This event is organized in partnership with Doxa Documentary Film Festival. It is made possible by the Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships, and has been organized by Critical Studies in Sexuality at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.