Somayeh is an Iranian-born, UK based director, editor and photographer. I See You is a short fashion film exploring the female experience of sexual harassment whilst under the male gaze. Inspired by a new generation of models speaking out, this film draws attention to an issue which remains far too common within the industry. By challenging the existing visual language and subverting traditional power dynamics, this film aims to raise further awareness, but more importantly empower further change. All the dialogue and point of view scenarios are based on true events that models have bravely shared via Cameron Russell's hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse and serve to highlight the combined strength of these voices. This film intends to not only inspire women to shed light on their experiences, but to also gain back control of the gaze, encouraging a new generation of women to continue to step behind the cameras, offering a new perspective and narrative.
Somayeh "I really wanted to utilise the element of seduction within fashion and fashion films to entice the audience in and then twist it to shock the viewer into what is often unseen behind the scenes. The camera acts as a weapon in this film, allowing the girls to reveal the truth behind the lens. Furthermore, I wanted to reinforce the image of woman holding cameras to inspire the younger generation of women to continue to secure their places behind it and offer a different perspective."