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February is Empowerment Month
Celebrate the strength, joy and power of womanhood this February. The documentary movies listed below are enlightening, empowering, and sometimes, entertaining. Pull up a chair or a couch or a pillow or just sit on the floor. Familiar with the films? Rewatch or recommend to others. Regardless of DVR, DVD, or VHS take some time to support the women in your life or yourself.
|In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.|
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. (description courtesy of website)
|BELLY, a feature length documentary by Cecilia and Chad Rinn of Full Tilt Boogie L.L.C., is an intimate exploration of belly-dancers living America today. The film explores the multi faceted lives of these women; mothers, spouses, professionals, and community members, and the effect that belly dancing has had on their hopes, dreams, and expectations as lived through their dance.|
The documentary is an intimate peek into the personal lives of several belly-dancers who have been profoundly affected by this unique dance form. Sometimes referred to as Middle-Eastern Dance , it has evolved beyond its origins, and the dancers presented in this documentary share a distinctly American experience. (photos and description courtesy of Full Tilt Boogie Productions)
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women
|Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising’s depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes. Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.|
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. (description courtesy topdocumentaryfilms.com)
Written by: Anita Williams
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. "
"The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to."
|The World Famous BBW Vegas Bash.|