What to Watch: She is Beautiful When She's Angry
On MLK day I was hanging at my apartment, meal planning, and thinking about the upcoming week. I added a bunch of documentariesto my watch list last week and decided to put one on. She's Beautiful When She's Angry particularly appealed to me because I'm marching on Washington this weekend.
After I put it on, I was RIVITED. These women are such heroes, and to hear them speak is to see their passion and camaraderie. It was incredibly inspiring--one of the leaders, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, talks about how one person can make a difference. How all it took was these women raising their voices about things that mattered to them and felt unfair to make a change--it's not perfect, they didn't accomplish everything, but the leaps and bounds we've come since the second wave of feminism in the 60s and 70s means that I can be a successful, single woman and not be stigmatized. I am not a secretary. I am in grad school and will be able to make an impact.
Synopsis (via Musicbox Films):
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is the provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it. Combining never-before-seen archival footage; a classic soundtrack of the era; and first-person stories of the protests, poetry slams and community meetings that engineered meaningful social change, the film embraces the grassroots movement that proclaimed “the personal is political” and the women who dared to get furious about it.
The film does not shy away from addressing controversy within the movement's many strands of feminism: the issues of women of color, struggles with class, and the fight for lesbian visibility that was the forerunner of today's LGBT movement. An essential chronicle of the movement that elevated women out of their second-class status, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL… champions the brilliant women at the forefront of the seismic changes of the time as well as those who continue to bang the drum of equality today.
Watch the trailer:
Then go watch it ASAP!!
Stream is here from Amazon
You can also find it on Netflix