She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Wednesday, May 23
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1hr 32mins // directed by:Mary Dore // featuring:Chude Pamela Allen, Alta, Judith Arcana

Following the screening, join us for a panel discussion about the legacy and ongoing impact of the women's movement, featuring founding co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves Norma Swenson, co-president of Mass NOW Sasha Goodfriend, and board president of March Forward Massachusetts Natalie Sanchez. The discussion will be moderated by Janice Page, deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. 

She's Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

She's Beautiful does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement. She's Beautiful When She's Angry captures the spirit of the time --- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation's own version of feminism. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights.


About Wide Lens

Wide Lens is a film and discussion series that provides a forum for community conversation around pressing social issues and underrepresented perspectives. Events will include a film screening and post-film panel discussion dedicated to a specific topic (e.g. race in America, immigration, #MeToo). Audience members will have the opportunity to join in the discussion following the panel. Wide Lens is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.