NEW DOCUMENTARY: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

A new documentary on the women’s movement in the 1960s, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, is screening around the country and is available on DVD for instruction use. The film includes a lot of fascinating, previously unreleased footage from the early years of the 2nd Wave feminist movement, as well as new interviews with individuals integral to its founding.

The film is compelling in part because it demonstrates how ideas about gender that now feel common sense were revolutionary not long ago, while also underscoring the fact that the movement’s work is still incomplete. It is also interesting to see how proud those interviewed are of their involvement in the early years of the movement and how much it shaped the rest of their lives. Finally, the documentary provides a unique glimpse into the internal dynamics and disagreements within the movement during these early years.

I used the documentary in my social movements course to begin a discussion on the role of cognitive liberation and consciousness raising in movement emergence, something the film demonstrates well, but it could also be used to provoke discussion on biographical or cultural consequences, interpersonal dynamics and schisms within movements, tactics, collective identity, and many other topics of interest to social movement scholars. The film is not yet available on DVD to the general public, but instructional copies are available for purchase by your institution’s library.

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  1. 嘩~~ Diamond, 我也很喜歡楊采妮呢,你眞有眼福!! 我也見過她眞人,眞的很美。 å¥#šæåˆ°çš„愛情長跑,跑呀跑呀跑,聽落眞çæ„很透不過氣,也很累。如果談戀愛眞的有此感覺,段愛情的壓力眞大。幸運地,我現在還沒有累的感覺。好像是浮呀浮呀浮似的。可能我選“‡äº†ä¸€å€‹æœƒæŠŠæˆ‘抱起來的男人。所以,讓我有浮的感覺,而不是跑的感覺。找對對像的話&¹65292;愛情不一定是那麼吃力的一回事吧。

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