Five feminist movies that should be on your watch list!

Highlights

  • Cinema is one of the most powerful forms of art that is equipped with the effectiveness of influencing people across the world.
  • Feminist cinema has been a sense of inspiration and power to women worldwide.
  • With years of stereotyped representation of women being shattered and different voices coming to the surface, feminist cinema has managed to change the world, one step at a time.

Be it the liberating spirit of finding solace in sisterhood or standing out while defying societal norms; feminist cinema has been a sense of inspiration and power to women worldwide. From eradicating stereotypes to planting new ideas related to feminine identity, meanwhile, exploring the different layers and problems of society, the feminist lens has dared to challenge society despite its anticipated cost to do so ( No matter how much Beyonce stresses on this, changing the reality would certainly take time).

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Here are the top 5 feminist movies that tried to shift the tectonic plates of the men-dominated world and industry and inspire millions of women worldwide.

1. The Color Purple (1985)

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, the colour purple is a heart-breaking account of a black woman trying to seek the light of love and liberation in her life. The performances are phenomenal; the details do justice to the story. The tale of sisterhood has not just highlighted the struggles of women with such heart-breaking detail but also touched upon racism.

2. Little Women (1994)

Gillian Anderson’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel is nothing short of brilliance. Women love women, appreciate each other, paving their way in a men’s world, and shining bright as ever; Little Women serve as a wonderful description of a world every woman would ever desire to live in. The star cast and performances are top-notch. The movie does justice to the book, and the emotions captured are beautiful.

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3. The portrait of a lady on fire (2019)

Set in France in the 1770s, the portrait of a lady on fire is an exemplary description of the saying- “Feminism isn’t all women can do anything men can do”—its women can do whatever the hell they want to do.” With an all-women star cast, the movie represents a world that is untouched by the male gaze and desire. In addition, the cinematography is capable of taking anyone’s breath away as each frame looks like Monet’s own work of art.

4. Pink (2016)

An Indian movie, Pink was released in 2016, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. It is a social-thriller film with a brilliant cast. The film received widespread critical acclaim and garnered the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues. The film highlights the regressed views of society where women are negatively stereotyped if they come home late, move out, want to be independent, drink, and so on, but none of these applies to men.

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5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

Set in the 1970’s San Francisco, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is an offbeat Indie film that, meanwhile mimicking the notion of growing up, gives the teenage girl enough space to explore her sexuality while being unapologetic about it. Bel Powley’s performance is not only convincing but very beautifully demonstrates the free spirit of a young woman on a quest for the liberation of different kinds.

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Bottom line

Cinema is one of the most powerful forms of art that is equipped with the effectiveness of influencing people across the world. With years of stereotyped representation of women being shattered and different voices coming to the surface, feminist cinema has managed to change the world, one step at a time.

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