Netflix and UN Women Celebrate International Women’s Day with “Because She Watched”

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By Stacey Ramirez
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The UN Women has chosen their 2020 International Women’s day theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” and they have teamed up with Netflix and other big names in entertainment to curate a list called “Because She Watched”.

This list has shows, documentaries and films picked by women from around the world who each picked a story starring a woman that inspired them. You can find a complete list here.

These are some of the women who were involved in selecting films to add to the list.

Yalitza Aparicio from Mexico and the star of “Roma” picked “Knock Down the House” a documentary about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela and other women who decided to make an impact and got involved in politics to fight for what they believed in by running against incumbents in Congress.

Actress Beren Saat from Turkey contributed the film “Bird Box”. This film stars Sandra Bullock as she navigates her children to safety away from a dangerous supernatural creature that are killing many people. Even though the journey is dangerous and she’s alone for most of the journey she manages to protect her children and provide a better future.

Actress Cindy Bishop from Thailand picked the show series “Anne with an E”, based on the classic novel. It stars Anne an orphan who after getting adopted moves to a small town. Anne proves that even though people think a little girl can’t do much she brings new progressive ideas to her town.

My pick would be “Homecoming” – Beyoncé’s Coachella performance.

This concert film and documentary demonstrates the preparations and the execution of Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. In 2018, Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella which was a major milestone in many ways. Nothing is more empowering then seeing her commit so much dedication and hard work while also wearing beautiful fun outfits and taking over the Coachella stage.

It’s important to realize the impact entertainment and media has on young women and how the figures they see can inspire them to bring change and become anyone they want to be.

This is why the Bechdel test was created. Created by Alison Bechdel in 1985, it’s a set of three questions that measure if a woman is being represented fairly in a film.

Those three criteria are:

  1. Two female characters (preferably named),
  2. Who talk to each other.
  3. About something other than a man.

It seems really simple. If you think about your favorite movie and there’s usually a female in it. But are they there just to fill a role as a love interest or are they there to contribute to the story as a character? The more you analyze your favorite films the more you begin to realize how many of them don’t portray female characters and meet these three requirements.

So, to celebrate International Women’s Day enjoy your favorite film starring a woman that inspires you.

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