Michèle Ohayon Shows Us A World Of Pole Artistry And Expression in Strip Down, Rise Up [Exclusive Interview] 

Strip Down, Rise Up. Allison in Strip Down, Rise Up. Courtesy of Netflix / 2021

Netflix brings a new documentary, Strip Down, Rise Up by Michèle Ohayon. Ohayon brings awareness about pole dancing also being a lifestyle. As well as using it as a tool for personal healing and liberation for men and women.


The Synopsis 

From the Academy Award–nominated director/producer Michèle Ohayon comes STRIP DOWN, RISE UP, a new feature documentary about women who come together to heal through sensual movement, specifically pole dance. The vérité-style film follows a diverse group of women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and body types, who reclaim themselves through pole dance either as a sport, an art, or as a way of unlocking their body in order to heal from trauma, release shame and restore self acceptance. Shot by an all-female crew with rare access, STRIP DOWN, RISE UP offers an emotionally gratifying, visually astounding and unexpected look at the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of pole artistry and expression. Featuring songs by Coldplay and FKA twigs.

Evelyn in Strip Down, Rise Up.

Michèle Ohayon was born in Casablanca and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University and made her first film at only 19 years old. Today she is a high profile filmmaker and known for films like It’s A Wonderful Life, Color Straight Up, Cowboy del Amor and S.O.S/State of Security. Today, Ohayon has her own company KAVANA Entertainment (“intention”) with the purpose of creating projects that will open hearts and minds.

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Sheila Kelley in Strip Down, Rise Up.

I had the pleasure to speak with Michèle Ohayon to discuss the making of Strip Down, Rise Up. She shared her personal experience in finding pole dancing and from there seeing transformations that needed to be told. In addition, she discussed a little bit about the subjects stories and what she hopes people will take from watching them. 

Are you ready for some pole dancing?

Strip Down, Rise Up will be available on Netflix February 5, 2021

Source: LRM Online Exclusive


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