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Film/TV

Here are my recommendations for films/TV programmes that set a good example for girls and young women. They may feature strong female characters or they may openly deal with feminist issues. Please comment with your own recommendations, preferably with a reason/short summary; I’ll add them to the list!

But first: a great list of feel-good feminist films from Good Millenial (xand another from Gender Across Borders (x)!

RECOMMENDED FILMS:

Women’s history

Films about the women’s rights movement, women’s suffrage and historical women. Puts women’s stories in their historical context.

  • Suffragette (2015)
  • Agora (2009)
  • Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • Frida (2002)
  • El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (2006)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)

Women’s experiences

Films that depict aspects of (some) women’s experiences (i.e. sexuality, menstruation, body image). Also women’s roles in society and in nationwide issues.

  • Maria Llena Eres de Gracia (Maria Full of Grace) (2004)
  • The Company of Wolves (1984)
  • Ginger Snaps (2000)
  • The Babadook (2013)
  • The Witch (2015)
  • Calendar Girls (2003)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Carrie (1976)

Female protagonist

Films in which the focal character is a woman/girl. May not be linked to a social issue or to history.

  • Matilda (1996)
  • The Princess and the Frog (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Zootropolis/Zootopia (2016)
  • Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Edukators) (2004)

RECOMMENDED TV:

  • Miranda (2009 – 2015)
  • Cucumber/Banana/Tofu (2015)
  • Boy Meets Girl (2015 -)
  • Torchwood (2006 – 2011)
  • Please Like Me (2013 -)
  • Victoria (2016)
  • Raised by Wolves (2013 – 2016)

 

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