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War Zone

War Zone is about sex, power and what happens when men—either knowingly or unknowingly—threaten a woman’s right to walk undisturbed on the streets.  What exactly do catcalls, leers or a whole litany of other behaviors mean to a woman?  And why do men engage in these behaviors?  Shot all over the US, Hadleigh-West turns her camera on men in the same way that they turn their aggression on her.  War Zone is 76 minutes of explosive footage as the filmmaker places herself in very real danger by daring to ask the men on the streets why they are treating a complete stranger in a sexual way…


Intimate and never condescending, Ms. Hadleigh-West’s on-the-fly shooting style opens a portal to an alien land, a corner of America where many whites fear to tread. – Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Shrewdly building a canny tale of humor, hostility, and, ultimately, physical violence.  War Zone is a charged 76 minutes that asks the questions on the mind of every woman who knows the anger and frustration of not being able to walk down the street undisturbed. -Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, LA Weekly  

Funny and Shocking! -Susan Sarandon, Academy Award Winning Actor

Off the pavement, at dinner tables and parties, her film might start a small-scale war between the sexes. –Karen Avenoso, Daily News  

One of the most provocative and beautifully made films I’ve seen in years. – John Pierson, Indie Guru and author of Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes  

Everything she shows is fascinating, revealing and provocative. -Jonathon Rosenbaum, Critics Choice, Chicago Reader  

Feisty and provocative. -Dave Kehr, New York Daily News  

“…Besides her courage to expose herself to these hungry men, the fascination of War Zone lies in an extraordinary and smart relationship between the public and the private space.” -Jan Distelmeir, epd (Germany)   Bravo! 

Rarely has one seen such obvious privileges being questioned with such clarity and yes, actually with humor. – Eva X Moberg, Aftonbladet (Sweden)

…This is a war of a very special kind, the violence of lecherous men who give unwanted attention… War Zone shows how the body of a woman can become a battlefield, just by what she wears. -Jurgen Veil, Moving Pictures (Germany)

You have to admire her courage and honesty…she has made a highly provocative film! -Kevin Thomas, LA Times  

War Zone is as spontaneous and humorous, as it is relentless and painful in it’s investigation of gender relations. -Nicholas Wenner, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

War Zone is utterly solid, carried along by the Director’s smarts and charisma. -Nada Ulaby, Windy City Times  

Player Hater: A Love Story is one of the premier documents of the Hip Hop Age, and as such deserves a large audience, because it humanely holds nothing back. Absolutely nothing. – Dean Treadway, Blogger, Filmicability

Alarming and electrifying! Utterly compelling…War Zone may well be the best date movie of the summer, but expect to see more arguing than necking in the back rows. -Emily Barton, Time Out New York  

We’ve seen War Zone twice already, and we’re coming back! – 3 Female Attendees

A very thought provoking film that honestly deals with a deeply disturbing subject.  Between the anger and the laughter, one can’t help but be touched emotionally. -Bruce Sinofsky, Co-Director Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost  

Finally, every woman who’s endured such unpleasantries as “Mmm…I want some of that…” on her way to the deli or dry cleaner has someone fighting for her right to walk public streets in peace. – New York Magazine  

Interviews with Hadleigh-West include: The Today Show, CBS News, Penthouse Magazine, Ms. Magazine, New York Observer, NPR, Time Magazine Online, TNT, The Leeza Show, News America, London Times, Dagens Nyheter (Largest daily: Sweden),  
BBC World: USA Direct, Sex TV (Toronto), Daily Telegraph (Largest daily: England), BBC World Service and many more…

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