Audiovisual is described as one of the best mediums to use to understand complex concepts. It engages two of the body’s sensory organs and allows the human mind to have a longer attention span as compared to reading. Thus, it allows people to understand concepts more easily. This can prove to be extremely helpful in understanding movements, like the feminist movement. It is an extremely complex movement, made up of several different aspects and facets.
Here are 3 documentaries that can help you understand different aspects of feminism.
WHICH DOCUMENTARIES CAN I WATCH TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT?
Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women
Based on lectures by Jean Kilbourne, Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women is a documentary by Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich, Patricia Stallone, and Joseph Vitagliano. As the name suggests, it focuses on how women represented in adverts, and the real-life impacts of such representation. It talks about the dehumanization of women in ads by comparing them to inanimate objects leads to an increase in violence against them.
It currently has four parts released over a span of nearly 3 decades.
Period. End Of Sentence.
Even though menstruation might seem like an openly discussed topic in first-world countries, there are still many places across the world where it is considered a taboo, and women are afraid to talk about it in the open. Shot in Hapur, India, the documentary revolves around a group of local women who try to sell affordable biodegradable sanitary pads to other women and the difficulties they face in doing so.
Period. End of Sentence. is available on Netflix.
Hot Girls Wanted
Released in 2015, this documentary tells the story of Florida’s amateur porn industry. Through the experiences of five young women in the industry, Filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus focus on how easily young women can be drawn into the industry and exploited.
Hot Girls Wanted is available on Netflix.