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Miss representation

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Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the...

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Creator
Girls Club Entertainment presents a Jennifer Siebel Newsom & Regina Kulik Scully production ; edited & co-written by Jessica Congdon ; executive producer, Geralyn Dreyfous, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Regina Kulik Scully ; written, directed & produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Format
Videos, Slides, Films
Contributors
Publication
  • [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
Physical Details
  • 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (90 min.))
  • digital
  • video file MPEG-4 Flash
OCLC
ocn908377684
Credits
  • Featured in the film: Caroline Heldman, Condoleezza Rice, Dianne Feinstein, Dolores Huerta, Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem, Jackson Katz, Jane Fonda, Jean Kilbourne, Jennifer Pozner, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, M. Gigi Durham, Margaret Cho, Martha Lauzen, Nancy Pelosi, Pat Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson
  • Director of photography, Svetlana Cvetko ; original music by Eric Holland

  • Originally produced by The Representation Project in 2011.
  • Closed-captioned in English and Spanish.
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