Reel Women in Film: The Divine Order

Online Program & Virtual Screening

July 16, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy a virtual Reel Women in Film screening of The Divine Order at your leisure, then join us on July 16 at 7:30pm for a FREE livestream discussion and YouTube chat with the film’s writer and director, Petra Volpe.

Set in 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote in Switzerland.

Event Details

Petra Biondina Volpe wrote and directed this narrative of the Swiss women's suffrage tale. The Divine Order disarms the heavy nature of the subject matter by adding humor as a storytelling device. Additionally, it encapsulates the decade of the 1970s in a well researched and less stylized manner than other period peices, which makes the costume design by Linda Harper stand out. 

This ticketed virtual screening is part of Reel Women in Film, a film series that highlights the filmic works of women in front of or behind the camera. In its second season, focus will be on ideas of empowerment seen through the lens of activism. This program is presented in conjunction with our Sister Suffragists exhibition, celebrating the suffrage centennial.

In addition to exclusive virtual access to The Divine Order, we are pleased to present Shelby Hadden's short film, Tightly Wound, as part of this Reel Women in Film program. The short film is available for free viewing at

The livestream discussion is FREE to the public and will be available post-livestream on the Bullock Museum YouTube channel

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Director | Writer:  Petra Biondina Volpe
Costume Designer: Linda Harper
Runtime: 96 min.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release year: 2017

About the Guest Speaker

Screenwriter and director Petra Volpe studied at the Film Academy Konrad Wolf in Potsdam Babelsberg, Germany. She wrote and directed several award winning short films and three prime time Television movies. Volpe’s feature film debut Dreamland opened in Swiss cinemas after a successful festival career in spring 2014 and was nominated for four Swiss Film awards. Her screenplay for Heidi launched the most successful Swiss film of all time, with more than 5 million viewers worldwide. Her second feature film, The Divine Order, was the Swiss entry for the Academy Awards 2017, it recorded more than 350,000 viewers in Switzerland and was sold in over 30 countries. The film had its international premiere at the Tribeca Filmfestival 2017 and won three awards: The Nora Ephron Prize, Prize for Best Actress in an International film and the Audience Award. Petra Volpe lives in New York and Berlin.

About the Short Film and Filmmaker

A woman recounts her experience living with chronic pelvic pain - how health professionals have failed her, men have rejected her, and shame, anger and hatred have plagued her body in Tightly Wound.

Shelby Hadden is a writer, producer, and documentary filmmaker. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including Annecy International Animated Film Festival, DOC NYC, New Orleans Film Festival, and Nashville Film Festival. Her latest work has focused on raising awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain — from publishing essays in BUST Magazine and Refinery29 to producing her award-winning short animated film, “Tightly Wound,” which was acquired by Condé Nast. Shelby is currently a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University, as well as a producer at Blue Suitcase Productions. Most recently, her short film "Her & Me" was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, she was an associate producer on 2019 Sundance feature SISTER AIMEE, and a co-producer on the New York Times Op Doc, "To Be Queen". 


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