Directed and written by Jennifer Siebal Newsom, Miss Representation explores how women are under represented in mainstream media in positions of power in America and instead how women are portrayed, sending the message to men and women that the value of women lie in her appearence and not in intelligence and her capacity to be a leader.
I had the opportunity to see this film with a friend last year in Sydney and is something I think should be screened in schools and if you get the opportunity to see it- is a great film. It was one of those things that gave me chills as I was watching because it reflects EXACTLY what society is. Media reaches so many citizens and their content shapes society and what their values and ideals are. This film will show you exactly what that is. You know that change is needed when the media focus on the appearence of very high female politicians in a way that ridicules them than on what they actually stand for and I would rather this not be the norm.
Featuring in this film are some of the most inspirational women around- 66th US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 60th US Speaker in the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, American TV Journalist and News anchor Katie Couric, TV Host Rachel Maddow, Comedian Margaret Cho and Actress Rosario Dawson to name a few.
If you think that women and girls deserve better representation in the media, chat with friends about it and keep an mindful eye out for media that is portraying women incorrectly and/or correctly (have to look at 2 sides here) and say something about it. I’ll be blogging more about these later.
There is a male equivalent film coming out some time this year called The Mask You Live In, which I will blog about next week!