Director: Mary Dore
USA, 2014, 92 mins.
This film resurrects the buried history of the outrageous women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. From the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation, including intellectuals like Kate Millett and the theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality and in the process created a worldwide revolution.
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL does not try to romanticize the early movement but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time --- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.
That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation's own version of feminism. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights. 7:30pm $12, $9 mbrs.
• Brittany Oliver, HollaBack! Baltimore
• Shirley Parry, Baltimore Women's Movement 1960-70s
• Jataime Ross, Black Feminist Reading Group
• Hannah Brancato, FORCE, with Monumental Quilt workshop before and after film in lobby
“One of the year's best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.” - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
“A feminist film MASTERPIECE. Offers an INSPIRING account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s.”
Kitty Lindsay, Ms. Magazine
“EXCEPTIONAL Bristling with the energy and insight of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century. INCISIVE. NIMBLE. Sharply edited.”
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Trailer is here: http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com/the-film
“Pick of the Week. FASCINATING. Captures the excitement of that era, the growing sense of solidarity as more and more women discovered that their dissatisfaction was not an individual matter. Whatever mistakes have been made along the path and however the movement has been stereotyped, THE ESSENTIAL PROJECT OF FEMINISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PROJECT OF HUMAN FREEDOM.”
Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com