Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold – As a bona fide New Journalism legend and the author of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion is a woman who has some serious stories to tell, especially about life in the U.S. during the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. In this documentary, her own nephew gets us closer to both the woman and the myth, giving us a chance to get to know Didion’s real life and her work. This is the documentary that lovers of journalism and U.S. history buffs won’t want to miss.
Seeing Allred – Meet Gloria Allred, who is arguably the most famous women’s rights attorney in the United States. You might know her from representing Nicole Brown’s family in the case against O. J Simpson, but also because she’s been taking on big-name Hollywood sex offenders and has joined hands in solidarity with Trump’s own accusers. In this documentary, we get a better look at the woman behind the media personality and hear her talk frankly about sexual abuse, race, and gender like nobody else can.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – “Still I Rise,” one of the most well-known poems by poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou, is a piece on the difficulties in overcoming prejudice and injustice. It’s also the title that the directors have chosen for this documentary that celebrates the story of a woman who truly persevered in the face of adversity — including being a victim of sexual assault as a minor and dealing with encounters with the Ku Klax Klan while living in the South — to become a hugely important activist for black people and women.
Mission Blue – Oceanographer Sylvia Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but there’s more to her than that. Her life mission: to save the oceans from its greatest threats, including toxic waste and overfishing. In this award-winning 2014 documentary, we come to know the woman who turned ocean environmentalism on its head at a time when the field was dominated by men.
Ladies First – Growing up, Deepika Kumari was told that girls belong at home, not on a sports field. And despite being born into poverty in rural India where women’s rights are severely limited, she went on to become the the best female archer in the world at just 18 years of age. This documentary chronicles her journey and triumph.
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