April 11, 2012

Miss Representation (film)

"Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. 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.
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. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
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." ~Link

8 minutes extended trailer

Six minutes 'reactions' to film

"Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, speaker, and advocate for women, girls, and their families. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence." ~Link

17 minutes TedxWomen talk

Visit their official site: Miss Representation.org

Check their website to find a screening near you. If you are interested in hosting a screening, they have a link for more information on their site. 

It appears Miss Representation is available on Netflix as a DVD. It is not streaming at this point.

UPDATE: Miss Representation is available for purchase on Amazon.com at a reasonable price of $12.99. considering the number of documentaries costing $100 and more, this price reflects an honest desire to educate people and encourage change in our media representation.


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