I Need Your Full Cooperation, 1989
video, 28:00 min.
courtesy of the artist and Video Data Bank
An experimental documentary about the history of women’s treatment by the US medical system. Juxtaposing feminist readings of medical tracts, narratives of patient treatment and archival footage, I Need Your Full Cooperation reveals the evolution of women’s relationship to modern medicine. The video dramatizes Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “rest cure”, adapting her 1892 story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and includes critical commentary by activist/writer Barbara Ehrenreich and historian Carroll Smith-Rosenberg.