By Rachael Gerron
Assistant Web Content Manager
Today is International Women’s Day- a holiday that celebrates women’s achievements and pursuits of gender equality.
A great way to celebrate is taking time to relax from your busy Monday, and what better way to relax than by watching movies about successful women? I compiled a list of 6 documentaries and movies about a variety of women who have left their mark on the world.
“Audrey” is a documentary about the life of the late actress Audrey Hepburn. Most people know her as an actress, fashion icon and philanthropist, but few know much about her life behind the scenes.
The film includes interviews with Hepburn’s close relatives which give audiences a closer look into her personal life- from her upbringing in Europe to her late work with UNICEF in the late ’80s.
Audrey Hepburn has had a lasting impact on the fashion and film industries and her legacy continues to inspire women across the world.
“Audrey” is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, and will be available on Netflix on March 14th.
Billie Eilish- The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)
“The World’s a Little Blurry” is a documentary that follows 19-year-old singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s journey to fame. Filming for “The World’s a Little Blurry” began when she was just 16- before she had become the 6x platinum award-winning artist she is today. The film uniquely documents Eilish’s rise to fame and the ups and downs that came with it.
Hidden Figures (2016)
“Hidden Figures” is a biographical drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, who play a group of Black female mathematicians working at NASA in the 1950s. The film shows how these women played a key role in NASA’s missions during the space race (specifically sending astronaut John Glenn into orbit) and touches on the oppressions they face being black women in this time.
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020)
“Miss Americana” is a documentary about the life and career of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. This documentary mostly focuses on her life during her Reputation Stadium tour and the process of writing and recording her album Lover. “Miss Americana” also focuses on her role as an influential woman in the music industry.
You can stream “Miss Americana” on Netflix.
“Frida” is a biopic about the personal story of a nonconformist Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The film depicts Kahlo’s chronic pain due to a car accident which leads her to begin painting. It also portrays Kahlo’s toxic relationship with her husband and muralist Diego Rivera and explores her relationships as a bisexual woman in the early 1900’s.
The Post (2017)
“The Post” is a historical film starring Maryl Streep as Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper. This film tells a true story about journalists at the Washington Post in 1971 who attempted to release incriminating classified documents that prove the U.S. government’s involvement in the Vietnam war.
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