Women’s eNews is pleased to announce its latest addition to its list of ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ for 2023: Breakthrough Film of the Year: The Disappearance of Shere Hite.

Backstory (Paris, 1991):

Shere Hite was at the peak of her career in 1991. Beyond the usual boundaries between feminism, science and the public, she explored, interpreted and sold the great subject of female sexuality in a new way like no other. For this she was highly respected by her readers and hounded by the press. With her Hite Report, published in 1975 which has since sold over 50 million copies, Hite pioneered feminist sexual research.

Paris opened its doors and its inspiring possibilities for Shere Hite and Iris Brosch, a young internationally sought-after photographer. No place in the world seemed more suited to reflect on the philosophy of femininity while exploring developments and risks of the women’s movement in the 21st century. The experiences of the foreign, the shrill profusion of a city like Paris, its sometimes contradictory multiformity or the encounters with completely different ways of life are lasting impressions that, as broadening of horizons, have shaped the development and the work of Shere Hite and Iris Brosch.

Having disappeared from public view years before her death in 2020, Shere stated publicly, as well as to her close friends and colleagues, “I would like a film to be made about my life one day.” The film is an NBC News Studios, Sony Pictures Television Nonfiction, TeaTime Picture, and This Machine co-production, directed by Nicole Newnham and distributed by IFC Films. It will premiere in NYC on Nov. 16th, 2023.

Iris Brosch will accept the ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century” award at the Women’s eNews Gala on Nov. 14th, on behalf of Shere Hite. Click here for tickets to the Gala, as well as to view a list of all current 2023 honorees.

Click below to view the film’s trailer: