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“Brilliant!!!
The most powerful and definitive documentary
of the modern women's movement.”
-- Ruth Rosen, author of
“The World Split Open”

 
       

 

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY

Directed by Mary Dore
Produced by Mary Dore & Nancy Kennedy

US • 2014 • 16:9 • Stereo • 92 mins • NR

 
       
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CRITICS' PICK
“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

“I LOVED IT.
I watched it with my daughter. Thank you so much for this film because it manages to do all the history but also be fun. Provides historical context for today’s push for gender equality.”
– Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

“This STIRRING and INFORMATIVE documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips and interviews. There’s a WARM, WISE, PASSIONATE GLOW to … a great political success story. VISIONARY and HEROIC.
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“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

 
       
   

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation;  from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). 

Remarkably, there has never been a theatrical documentary about the early days of women’s liberation. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL aims not to romanticize the early movement, but to dramatize 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.

Produced and Directed by MARY DORE, maker of the award-winning film The Good Fight-The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and NY Film Fest premiere Children of Labor.

Produced and Edited by NANCY KENNEDY, editor of Sundance Grand Jury Winner Why We Fight, For the Bible Tells Me So, and Orchestra of Exiles among others. 

 
       
   

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

“A rousing, overdue summation of the US women’s liberation movement. Celebratory in tone, capturing the exhilaration felt by a generation of women who challenged and shed age-old gender role limitations in a surge of rebellious energy.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Leaves you wanting more. This ILLUMINATING effort packs a wealth of archival footage and current interviews with many vital figures of the movement into its brief running time.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a great reminder that feminism is not just for straight, white women, and this documentary is proof.”
– Trish Bendix, After Ellen

“A feminist film MASTERPIECE. Offers an INSPIRING account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s.” – Kitty Lindsay, Ms. Magazine

“Reminds us feminists didn't just feel as if they were changing the world - they changed it. Makes clear: the fight isn't over.” – Rachel Saltz, New York Times

“I was transfixed. FUNNY, POIGNANT and FAST-MOVING but most of all OPEN-HEARTED and SMART, this visually intense 90 minutes brought back the sounds, scenes and voices that had made it so exciting to be alive during the years of hope, dreams and passion of the 1960s and early 70s. What brought soft tears to well in my eyes, She's Beautiful tells the much larger story of how all our lives have been transformed and reinvented, not merely to bring women into high-tech boardrooms but releasing men to change diapers and bake cookies without shame and to push toddler strollers down the sidewalk without having to apologize. The convulsive, painful, contradictory -- and yet still threatened -- movement to see women as full partners in the human dance has, we too often forget, also enabled those of us with Y chromosomes to re-imagine who we can be as well, which is why Mary Dore's film is
MUCH MORE THAN A SIMPLE DOCUMENTARY.
– Frank Browning, Huffington Post

“An INSIGHTFUL, INSPIRING, and GRIPPING look at the historical underpinnings of contemporary feminism. The headiness of the era is palpable.”
– Eleanor Bader, RH Reality Check

“Thank you for bringing this empowering, riveting and emotional story back to the forefront of our minds and hearts. As a 25 year-old woman, when the credits rolled, I was overcome with so much emotion -- relief, frustration, inspiration, hope, despair. There's much ground to cover, but we can do it. This certainly has awoken something in me, and I want to help. I want to carry on the legacy!”
– Boston Viewer

 
       
   

FEATURING (among many others):

ELLEN WILLIS
“In the 1960’s we were all subjected to a double message: that first of all sex was okay now, but if we were pregnant it was our problem. Abortion of course was totally illegal and very hard to get. The HORROR—the fear of pregnancy—loomed over anything one did.”

NONA WILLIS ARONOWITZ
“Though my mother was an early pro-sex feminist, I didn’t really know what feminism meant to me, to our generation. When I wrote Girldrive, we definitely found a lot of young kick-ass feminists out there. They’re blogging. They’re out in the streets. They’re organizing.”

JO FREEMAN
“I was with SCLC—the Southern Christian Leadership Conference—in the South. In some ways, the women’s liberation movement was the bastard child of the civil rights movement.”

ALIX KATES SHULMAN
“It’s really hard to imagine how shameful sex was. You had to put on a wedding ring and pretend you were married to get birth control.

RITA MAE BROWN
“I joined NOW.  I called them on the carpet about class, and I called them on the carpet about race, and then I called them on the carpet about lesbianism, I said, ‘You are treating women the way men treat you. And those women are lesbians.’”

HEATHER BOOTH
“A friend mentioned his sister was pregnant, nearly suicidal, and needed an abortion, so I helped find her a doctor. A few weeks later, someone else called…the word had spread. In those days, three people discussing an abortion was a conspiracy to commit a felony murder.”

 
       
   

WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD – Boston Independent Film Festival 2014
Doc NYC – Official Selection 2014

Sarasota Film Festival – Official Selection 2014

 
       
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