A Girl & a GunClosed Captioning
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A Girl & a Gun shows the female perspective on an object whose history is deeply bound to men and masculinity. The classic Hollywood portrayals of pistol packin' mamas, tomboy sharp shooters, sexually twisted femme fatales, and high-heeled, cold-blooded assassins are caricatures. In truth, the typical woman who hangs out at rifle ranges and keeps ammo in her purse is the girl-next-door, the single mom, a hard working sister or aunt. Maybe she's a realist or has learned tough lessons from life; either way, she cares about her personal safety and may even find salvation, comfort or something satisfying in possessing a gun. In a word, she is empowered. Breaking through the caricatures, A Girl & a Gun reveals America's diverse and far-ranging female gun community. It depicts how this community is portrayed by the media and targeted by the gun industry; and shows, through personal stories, how guns change women's lives.
For all the loser films-- not just documentaries, this is one that makes up for them… With the shifting paradigm of movie sales through online outlets like iTunes which allow really dreadful and pointless pet projects and non-entertaining entertainment to be thrust into our faces, very occasionally something comes along like this film which actually has something to say and does it in a clear, thoughtful and considered way. Brava!
This contemporary documentary provides a unique perspective on a topic that, while timeless, is also very much in the forefront of news today. Cathryne Czubek has created a thought provoking look at the female relationship to guns. This documentary is well rounded in that it provides a serious look at the topic through historical data, public opinion, observation, media spin and, most importantly, from the perspective of a diverse group of female gun owners and gun users. Couple that with some very striking imagery and a fantastic soundtrack and you have a documentary that is informative and entertaining. I enjoyed it very much!