Miss RepresentationClosed Captioning
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
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"Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (TV-14 DL) 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."
This movie is an absolute MUST for adults as well as children who are brought up to believe the cultures' messages with no filters or media literacy classes to help them distinguish fact from fiction or reality from stereotypes.
I encourage every school to adopt the Media Literacy curriculum exposed in this film. It's important for boys and girls. We are all victims of whatever TV sells us without our knowing or consent.
Motivational and Inspiring
I am a sophomore at a private all girls high school. A couple months ago we took a day off classes and meet in small groups to watch and discuss this movie. At first was a little bit annoyed that I didn't have classes but still had to come to school; then I started watching. Everyone in the room was in shock and often speechless throughout the movie and during the discussion we realized how often the issues addressed in this movie come up in our own lives. I came home and told my family about this movie. Today I am buying it and we are having a family movie night.
The word needs to spread because these facts are disturbing. Gandhi once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world" and this movie will make it so you want to be that change! THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL TEENAGERS BOTH GIRLS AND BOYS!
Miss Representation is Mis-Representation
Swinging to the opposite extreme of the Mainstream Media that this film vilifies. This project starts out with a noble intent, but rapidly slips into sensationalizing extremes and completely missing the middle ground. The assumption the director makes is that ALL Americans are idiots and march to the beat that Mainstream Media provides. This is a completely "miss represented" view of the American citizenry. Come visit the schools my kids attend - you will find a different viewpoint and a different reliance (none) on Mass Media.
What I find completely disingenuous is the Actresses who have made MILLIONS selling the illusions and the "ideals" they are now attacking. The only thing that would be more insulting would be Bill Clinton starring in a film about Marital fidelity or Monogamy.
While I agree with the intent - the film is too heavy handed and extreme to appeal to the mainstream populace - instead it will a rallying call for extremists and do more damage than good.