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Trailer for "Miss Representation"

8:51 pm - 04/01/2011
(the video contains images of violence against women and sexualization of women)

Miss Representation is a documentary from writer/director (and former first lady of San Francisco) Jennifer Siebel Newsom which "explores women's under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media." Newsom tapped some famous faces to speak about women and media in the film — among them, Condoleezza Rice, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Margaret Cho, Nancy Pelosi, Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson — but some of the most powerful voices are those of high school students.

Miss Representation has been acquired by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and should air on television in the fall. In the meantime, there are a few screenings scheduled for next month.

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dearmisterecho 2nd-Apr-2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
oooooooh I wanna see this so bad.
jess_not_ie 2nd-Apr-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
This looks fantastic.
othellia 2nd-Apr-2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
This looks beautiful. Of course the people creating the problems and who really do need to see something like this probably won't, but that's pretty much the case with anything.
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ascendings 2nd-Apr-2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
ya i was going to warn people of this too. i don't know why i bother reading
typhlogirl 2nd-Apr-2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
This looks really, really good.
lightbird777 2nd-Apr-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing.
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Rosario Dawson will talk about the way she looks on all her movie posters.
thewhowhatwhats 2nd-Apr-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Most of them are just of her face or of her fully clothed.
checkerdandy 2nd-Apr-2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Damn, I want to see this.
ook 2nd-Apr-2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
This documentary looks great. I hope that Oprah later sees fit to release it to Frontline so that it will get wider exposure on PBS.

So, is "Sucker Punch" any good or not? So many women on my LJ Flist seemed to have hated it (because they said it was sexist), but there was one woman who loved it.
beoweasel 2nd-Apr-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
It depends on how you look at it.

My family and I saw it the other week, and well, aside from my roommate, we all hated it.

The visuals are pretty, and some of the combat sequences are imaginative and pretty amazing.

But my main problems stem from a handful of issues that sucked any of the enjoyment I had for the film.

For starters, Zyder pretty much tells you right at the 15 minute mark exactly what is going to happen to the main character, Baby-doll, before descending into her imagination, for me, this took out any of the fun in the combat sequences that happen afterward, due to the fate that awaits her.

None of the female characters show any real personality. They're all eager to escape the Burlesque/Brothel (Which is what Baby-Doll imagines the Asylum to be), and Sweet-Pea, one of the secondary characters, allowed herself to be committed so she could protect her sister, Rocket, but beyond that, none of them really stood out. Sure, they were gorgeous and kicked ass in fights, but it was difficult to feel emotionally invested in them.

And that made the male characters even worse. Aside from two characters, the rest of the male cast were pretty repugnant, from the greedy step-father (Who attempts to rape both his step-daughters and has one committed) the fat, repulsive cook (who tries to rape another character, and the central antagonist Blue (who tries to rape Baby-Doll twice.) which in the brothel scenes, is imagined as a greasy pimp.
There's nothing wrong with having irredeemable and disgusting villains, but there was nothing to balance them out. Like, every time Blue came on screen, I gnashed my teeth and wanted that bit over with, and as it went on, I just wanted to stop watching the film entirely, as there were no fun characters to counter-act his, and the others' repulsiveness.
salienne 2nd-Apr-2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I saw this trailer a while ago. I think it could be fantastic.
doe_witch 2nd-Apr-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
This seems really neat. I imagine that with their backgrounds, Rice and Dawson might seem like odd choices to some people, but I say the more the merrier.
ladydragon543 2nd-Apr-2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I totally want to see this. TOTALLY
braindeadrana 2nd-Apr-2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I want to see this immediately.

The inclusion of one of my favorite songs in the trailer is just icing on the cake. :D
hellaine 3rd-Apr-2011 06:50 am (UTC)
is that a pyramid head fetus
_starsinmyeyes_ 3rd-Apr-2011 02:03 am (UTC)
This looks really good/ I love that Metric song.
ceasetoknow 3rd-Apr-2011 04:07 am (UTC)
This looks awesome
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