10 excellent documentaries to celebrate International Women's Day
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There are way too many thought-provoking documentaries out there, and definitely not enough time to go through them all. But for this year’s International Women's Day, we've chosen the best ones for a topical watch. From Pakistan to Mexico, here they are. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014) Chosen by Sneh Rupra She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a documentary focusing on the history of the women’s movement in 1960s America. Full of contemporary footage and interviews with activists, it takes a refreshingly intersectional look at the history of the American feminist moment, including issues regarding race and sexuality and those intersect with the female identity. It’s honestly like looking into a funhouse mirror to see how little has changed in the legislation regarding reproductive rights that women marched against in the 60s. This documentary could be more relevant to our lives than ever. He Named Me Malala (2015) Chosen by Sneh Rupra He Named Me Malala documents the now familiar story of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist for women’s rights who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. After she was catapulted onto the world stage, this documentary not only tells her incredible story, but acts as a platform for her message: that all girls should have the right to an education. The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (2015) Chosen by Sneh Rupra The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo is a captivating exploration of the life of renowned 20th Century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo’s works are undoubtedly intertwined with the feminist movement due to their uncompromising and unique depiction of femininity. The life she led is as extraordinary as the work she did, and although this documentary isn’t explicitly about the feminist movement, Kahlo is definitely one of the names to remember for any feminist! There's also a 2002 biopic film version, starring Salma Hayek. Miss Representation (2011) Miss Representation examines how media affects society by impressing that the way women look is more important than their achievements. Although the film doesn’t offer any new, ground-breaking information, it does well to articulate and communicate a point which, though we are aware of, we still struggle to deal with. The Mask You Live In, by the same director (Jennifer Siebel Newsom), is worth mentioning as well. A sister documentary to Miss Representation, it explores society’s narrow definition of masculinity, how and why exactly it’s harmful, and what we could do about it.
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