It was only 50 years ago that a group of women talking to each other without any men present was considered a radical act. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry turns a welcome lens on the founders of the women’s movement who challenged the idea of women as nothing more than wives and homemakers.
Focusing on the period from 1966 to 1971, filmmaker Mary Dore pairs historical footage and contemporary interviews with activists to offer a broad overview of second-wave feminism, its aims, and the internal battles that divides its members. Clips of men trash-talking women will feel both foreign and familiar to anyone wondering why we’re still fighting for women’s rights in 2015.
It’s a loving portrait of a powerful group of women who demanded a seat at the table for all of us.
Cinematheque, May 5 (6 p.m.)