Four Documentaries (On Netflix!) That Have Serious Girl Power
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014, dir. Mary Doe)
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a historical chronicle of the 2nd wave feminist movement in the years 1966 to 1971. Made with archival footage as well as current day interviews with many of the movers and shakers of the era, this film shows the feminist movement through the eyes of those who were on the frontlines. Whether it’s the creation of NOW, or the more radical tactics seen in bra burning, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry gives you a glimpse of the rise of modern feminism and the ladies who used their voices when they were so sorely needed.
Audrie and Daisy (2016, dir. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk)
While at times incredibly difficult to watch, Audrie and Daisy examines 3 horrific sexual assault crimes and the resulting cyberbullying of the victims and their families. The film is poignant, heart-wrenching, and left me in tears by the end. However, the directors have paired the film with an outreach campaign in order to combat this epidemic. You can learn more or donate here.
Twinsters (2015, dir. Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miamoto)
We all need a nice feel-good story every once in a while and look no further than Twinsters. The film follows actress Samantha Futerman as she discovers a twin she never knew about, living on the other side of the Atlantic in London. What follows is the journey of two sisters who never knew the other existed and the bond they quickly form. With silly animations and a sense of joy, this film celebrates the power of sisterhood.
Miss Representation (2011, dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom)
Miss Representation tackles the limited portrayals of women in the media and how that in turn can lead to under-representation of women in positions of power. With interviews from ladies such as Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Pelosi, Miss Representation will leave you questioning what the sort of female portrayals you see in the media, and encourages you to fight back. This film also lead to the creation of The Representation Project and you can find out more here.