That said, they never censor questions for different cultural settings, no matter how taboo certain topics appear. "When we arrive in a country," says Anastasia, "generally, the translator or the fixer says, 'Oh, you know, in our country we don't speak about that,' and we say, 'Yeah, of course.' During the interview, you ask the question anyway and the translator is like: 'No, I think I cannot translate that,' but you insist. Obviously there are women who feel like, 'My God. What?' But there is no exception and it's never happened to me that a woman wouldn't open up. You realise that these are things you never talk about, but once you open the door there is so much to say."
It doesn't always run smoothly. "I remember one woman who was really excited to be interviewed but she couldn't do it," says Marion Gaborit, who's worked as an interviewer and cinematographer in Belgium, Romania, France and the Philippines. "She never answered my questions. I asked about her divorce and she talked about the birth of her daughter. After 45 minutes I gave up."
Occasionally, women decide they don't want their interview to be used – a decision that's always respected. "I had a woman telling me fantastic stories," recalls Saskia. "She said when she was been pregnant for the 10th time, she was playing cards with a friend when she went into labour. She told her baby, 'Calm down, I have to finish the party!' A week later, she said: 'I'm sorry. Just get rid of the interview.' So we did."