This is less a review than a plea: Watch Mary Dore’s documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” with your daughters. It’s an important history of the women’s movement that shows exactly what life was like before it and how the women of that time paved the way for everything we, as women, take for granted today.
I’m so disheartened when I hear young girls and women say that feminism is passé, that it’s no longer needed. As is mentioned in the film, today’s sexism can be less obvious. It’s more insidious, which is all the more reason why feminism is necessary.
I was especially appalled to learn that in the 1960’s, when a woman stood up to speak about women’s rights at a rally against the war and for the civil rights of minorities, the left-thinking men in the audience screamed things like, “Take her off the stage and f*** her!” Those were the men who were all for civil rights for minorities, but for women? Not so much.
One of the primary messages of the film is that activism does work, and social change comes about due to radicals who have the courage to stand up and say, “No!” to political policy and social mores.
I was shocked to discover that this is the first documentary to chronicle the early days of the women’s movement. With so much backlash against feminism, we need it.
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” opens in New York at Landmark Sunshine on Dec. 5, 2014 and at Landmark Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. Watch for it to come to your area or on VOD/DVD.