March kicks off the second annual #SheDocs, an online film festival showcasing 12 documentaries highlighting extraordinary women and their accomplishments in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The festival is presented by ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead campaign and sponsored by Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Female protagonists in film are few and far between. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, women have been consistently underrepresented as main characters for at least six decades. In 2013, females accounted for only 33% of all characters in the top 100 grossing films and only 11% featured women in leadership positions.
Women and Girls Lead is proud to combat these gender stereotypes and misrepresentations with the second annual #SheDocs online film festival, a collection of 12 documentaries highlighting extraordinary women working to close the gender gap and fight inequality. This month-long, free event presents films by prominent independent filmmakers and shines a spotlight on women who are working to transform their lives, their communities, and the world.
The 12 documentaries selected for the #SheDocs festival were chosen based on their extraordinary exposé of female leadership across the U.S. and the world. Among the featured films are: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which tells the compelling story of Pulitzer prize winning author, activist, and poet Alice Walker’s journey from the cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia, to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century; Bhutto, a riveting look at the life and political career of recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, the first Muslim woman in history elected to lead an Islamic nation; and The Graduates, a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of young Latina students across the country determined to graduate high school despite failing institutions and difficult home lives.
Tune into womenandgirlslead.org anytime during the month of March to watch these enlightening and powerful documentaries online. Find Women and Girls Lead on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the festival and join the community of activists and film fans alike.