She's Beautiful When She's Angry
Directed by Mary Dore
A documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971.
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★★★½ review by Joan on Letterboxd
me after watching a feminist documentary: i'm going to rally in the streets and no one can stop m-
★★★★ review by Vanina on Letterboxd
This has half of the views that 'Miss Representation' has. That makes me oddly frustrated. 'Miss Representation' is by no means a bad film - it encourages young women especially to consider how femininity is portrayed in the media, and as I wrote in my review, it's a good feminism starter pack even if it never mentions the word feminism.
Well, this film is all about F-E-M-I-N-I-S-M and W-O-M-E-N-'S L-I-B-E-R-A-T-I-O-N and it's bloody glorious. It takes into account racism and homophobia within the movement, and focuses on many of the important events, developments and women in the movement between 1966 and 1971. It's beautifully illustrated with archive footage and features interviews with many key players (Gloria Steinem doesn't even get a mention? To many she's the face of the movement, she could have gotten a name-check, I feel). It covers a lot of ground and it's very clear why this film is so relevant today.
The film is a great rallying cry still, even with really dodgy reenactments and a lazy soundtrack (why not choose songs by female artists from that period, instead of Kathleen Hanna-powered bands?).
★★★★ review by dani ✨ on Letterboxd
i'm crying so hard right now. i'm just so proud u know!! we've come so far and we still have a long road ahead, but when u look back and see how it was only 40, 50 years ago.... they made such an impact and made next generations' lives so much better. i am so thankful! i love women!!!!!
★★★½ review by Amanda on Letterboxd
On Saturday I attended the Women's March in Toronto with some girl friends and my boyfriend's mom and his twelve year old sister to show our solidarity with those marching in Washington. There were over 60,000 of us! There were so many women of so many different walks of life, of all different ages (from 80 year old women to little toddlers), linking arms, sharing signs, singing, yelling, laughing. So many of us left that march feeling uplifted, reassured, and having made tons of new friends. There were so many memorable moments, but what stood out to me the most on a personal level was just watching my boyfriend's mother, this tiny woman from Afghanistan who came to Canada less than a year ago feeling broken and exhausted after having endured so much in her life, marching proudly and waving her glittery sign that she made the night before and finally recognizing that she too doesn't have to just sit there and accept oppression and inequality in order to quietly survive. It made my little stone heart soften and my eyes well up with tears because leading up to these marches so many of us heard, in person, online, that we were wasting our time and it wouldn't change anything. But they were so, so wrong. I saw the difference it could make for a 50 year old Afghan woman who felt like she could be free, who went the hell off marching her heart out; and it's undeniable what so many women in history, who once attended marches and protests just like this, have went on to accomplish for women's rights throughout the years. I was so happy on that day and it was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
And even though by the time I got home I was cold and muddy and tired, I was also on a total high. All I wanted to do was hold on to that feeling for as long as possible. So I remembered this documentary and immediately decided I'd watch it after some food and a hot shower. I mean, what better way to end such an incredible day than to watch a documentary called She's Beautiful When She's Angry (and goddamn, we really were!) that's about some of the women who fought for women's liberation and helped to bring us to the point we're at now?
It's not a documentary that will give you a major overview of the women's rights movement, but it does get quite a good amount of info across about what was going on in the late 60s and early 70s, and is really fun and easy to watch. There are so many different women activists interviewed throughout, telling their stories, and it's very conversational. I liked that it didn't shy away from mentioning some of the mistakes made within the movement and that it also gave credit to the women of the civil rights movement for the inspiration and fight they brought and, really, initiated. I think for a more light-hearted and basic portrayal of feminism in the 60s/70s, particularly American feminism, this is a pretty great doc to watch.
And to all the women who may ever come across this babbling, embarrassingly emotional wall of words, whether you're black, white, brown, young, old, gay, straight, bi, trans, fat, skinny, disabled, able-bodied, religious, non-religious, and everything in between: I love you. <3
★★★★ review by Vanessa on Letterboxd
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