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Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 April 2014 (Netherlands)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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Pat Mitchell ... Herself - President and CEO Paley Center for Media, Former President & CEO of PBS
Jackson Katz ... Himself - Educator, Filmmaker Tough Guise, Author The Macho Paradox (as Jackson Katz PhD)
Jim Steyer ... Himself - CEO Common Sense Media, Lawyer and Professor of Civil Rights, Stanford University
Marissa Mayer ... Herself - Vice President, Consumer Products Google
Jean Kilbourne ... Herself - Filmmaker - Killing Us Softly, Author and Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women (as Jean Kilbourne EdD)
Jennifer Pozner ... Herself - Executive Director Women in Media & News, Author Reality Bites Back
Margaret Cho ... Herself
Katie Couric ... Herself
M. Gigi Durham ... Herself - Author The Lolita Effect, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
Caroline Heldman ... Herself - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College (as Caroline Heldman PhD)
Gavin Newsom ... Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
Gloria Steinem ... Herself - Feminist Organizer and Writer, Co-Founder Women's Media Center
Jennifer Lawless ... Herself - Associate Professor of Government, Director Women in Politics Institute, American University
Cory Booker ... Himself - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Condoleezza Rice ... Herself - Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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You can't be what you can't see.

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USA

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English

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15 April 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Miss Escaparate See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Herself - Filmmaker - Killing Us Softly, Author and Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women: These images are part of a cultural climate in which women are seen as things, as objects. And turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person.
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Drive Me Crazy
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Performed by Chinatown
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Miss Representation is more relevant in society now than ever before...
27 June 2017 | by E-Ripley-1979See all my reviews

Miss representation offers a range of perspectives on the ever- changing relationship between the media (specifically American) and the social world. Director/producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom feeds us with information without making it feel substantial or overly informative. It is engaging, eye opening and allows each viewer to take away something new from the viewing experience.

Rachel Maddow, Geena Davis and Katie Couric are among many of the recognizable faces featured. Who better to listen to concerning women and the media than real woman in the media (rhetorical Q)? Running for 85 minutes Miss Representation covers a range of topics such as women in politics. Comparing the political journey of both Clinton and Palin seems to be ironic and hypocritical since the message echoing throughout the documentary is not to compare powerful women in the media but admire them. This is likely due to their combined popularity in mainstream culture which is just as if not more relevant today (cough… 2017 American Presidential Election). Although the viewpoint is taken from an American stance, it is relevant on an international scale. The United States produce entertainment consumed worldwide which should in turn make the primary creators of the content more self reflective and aware of the power they hold.

Miss Representation doesn't ask its audience to nod along willingly but simply to step back and reflect on the intentions of the media and the insidious effects on mental health and on social values. Despite what I had assumed beforehand, I learned that media is not simply a product of our environment, our environment may be a product of the media which is much more distressing....

Overall, I truly enjoyed this documentary. After the American Presidential election, it seems that another piece by Newsom like Miss Representation would be vastly interesting concerning women in politics on a less broad scale. Wherever your political or social beliefs on the topic of women in the media lie, you will take something new away from this. The editing and soundtrack cleverly boosted the tone the whole way through so you don't get an opportunity to tune out. The cast and footage included was engaging and everything tied together. Would recommend worldwide to all genders!


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