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October 11, 2011 | By

A new documentary about women's representation in the media from this year's Sundance Film Festival

"As a culture, women are brought up to be fundamentally insecure," says Lisa Ling in the Sundance Film Festival documentary Miss Representation. Cut to a high school girl admitting she's been worrying about her weight since grade five and then, a representative from a men's rights group flippantly remarking that having a woman in congress means dealing with her period. To most forward thinking, intelligent North Americans, it is clear women have made progress in the last three waves of feminism, but it's even more clear we still have a lot of sexism to deal with.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation explores the way that women are represented in the media today and how this affects our ability to become more than just our youthful, skinny bodies and participate in political change.

Using interviews with notable women such as Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem, Newsom contrasts their ideas with thoughts from current high school students to show where women are really in North America.

Miss Representation screens in New York on October 14th and in Los Angeles on October 17th. You can find more information here.

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