Directed by: Tom Donahue
A gathering of who’s who of female actors and directors for a powerful call to action on elevating women’s roles in film and television both on and off screen. Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and executive producer Geena Davis are among the many powerful agents of change in the documentary.
The gender gap has become an urgent topic in recent years. But even the most jaded viewers will be taken aback by the film’s compelling evidence and anecdotes. Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise) had led groundbreaking research into Hollywood’s portrayal of women. Those damning facts become vivid through an array of iconic film clips.
Even those who consider themselves informed on this topic will find fresh revelations. Fighting for change isn’t new. The film covers critical feminist filmmaker uprisings in the 1960s and ‘80s that were quelled by the status quo. Today, power dynamics are shifting as voices of dissent get louder. In the film, women testify candidly to their experiences of sexism and harassment.
Hollywood has been a powerful force in shaping negative gender roles for over a century and now the industry can play a positive role in recasting those roles for a better future.
Toronto Film Festival - 2nd Place - People’s Choice Award
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