Incest, a deafening silence

Is there a greater taboo than incest? For decades, the social sciences have considered incest essentially from one angle: its prohibition. For Claude Lévi-Strauss: "The prohibition of incest constitutes a rule which, unique among all social rules, has a universal character". However, although it is a taboo subject to talk about, incest is systematically practised to the point of structuring human societies, as the anthropologist Dorothée Dussy reveals. The incestuous system is a pedagogy of submission and resignation, a primal training tool for exploitation, especially of children by adults. On the one hand, victims feel abandoned and do not dare to speak out; on the other hand, those around them give orders to remain silent or turn a deaf ear. Is it not the law of silence that makes incestuous violence possible?

Followed by a book signing by Iris Brey and Juliet Drouar at the Festival café, en partenariat avec Payot Librairie.

Social issuesJusticeHealth

Sunday 12 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

Followed by the debate "Incest, a deafening silence"


Iris Brey PhD in film theory, specialist in gender issues, co-author of "The Culture of Incest"

Matthew Mcvarish Actor, writer, and human rights activist

Dorothée Dussy Anthropologist, Director of research at CNRS

Juliet Drouar Researcher on questions of gender and age domination, co-author of "The Culture of Incest"

Moderated by

Claire Burgy Journalist for RTS info

To go further

Fiche thématique autour de la question d'inceste, conçue par une membre de l'équipe du FIFDH.

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Hors Compétition - Documentaire

All That I Am

By Tone Grøttjord-Glenne

As a child, Emilie was sexually abused by her stepfather. At the age of 12, she denounces him and he is sentenced. After spending several years in foster homes, Emilie returns to live with her mother, a new situation that destabilizes her. Through the story of this extraordinarily courageous young woman, "All That I Am" tells the story of the long process of reconstruction for victims of incest. A deeply moving film.

  • Section Hors Compétition - Documentaire
  • Original language(s) Norwegian
  • Subtitle(s) English & French

Enjeux sociauxWomen*Santé

Tone Grøttjord-Glenne

World sales

  • Met film


  • Sant & Usant


  • Egil Håskjold- Larsen


  • Ola Fløttum


  • Andreas Lindberg Svensson


  • Cathrine Ambus
Production country
Norway & Denmark
Swiss Premiere