Movies to commemorate Women's Day

 

Películas para conmemorar el Día de la Mujer

 

MFC TOP 5

 


Since 1972, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide to commemorate the struggle of women to achieve equality before the law, a fairer participation in society and the necessary respect for their integral development as individuals, which makes March 8th a very important day in the fight for social justice.

 

Stories of many women, real or fictional, have transcended and inspired every generation seeking the same ends, greatly enriching the world of the arts. That’s why, in My Family Cinema, we honor March 8th with a TOP 5 Movies to commemorate Women’s Day.

 

 

5. Mulan (Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, 1998)

 

Mulan

 

Mulan is an animated Disney movie that tells the story of Mulan, the only daughter of a Chinese family who, due to her father’s advanced age, decides to dress up as a man to join the army and fight the invasion of the Huns. It is inspired by the traditional Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and a remake with real actors will be released in 2020.

 

It was awarded with a Golden Globe and several Annie Awards for best animated feature film, in addition to being nominated for the Academy Awards. It also paved the way for other animated heroines, such as Merida from Brave (2012) or Elsa from Frozen (2013), and became a Disney animated classic about women’s will to overcome social imposition and to seek equality, capable of positively impacting children from a very young age.

 

 

Enjoy our review of Frozen 2 here

 

 

 

4. Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001)

 

Legally Blonde

 

Starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde is based on the novel of the same title by author Amanda Brown. It tells the story of Elle, a girl from California who seeks to be taken seriously at Harvard Law School with the purpose of recovering her ex-boyfriend, but ends up in a journey of self-discovery in which she rethinks her goals and interests.

 

Legally Blonde explores the difficulties of women who pursue a professional career from a humorous and funny point of view. The film was nominated for the Golden Globes for Best Comedy Film and Witherspoon received a nomination for Best Comedy Actress.

 

 

 

3. Grandma (Paul Weitz, 2015)

 

Grandma

 

Starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner, Grandma is a comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Paul Weitz. It tells the story of a grandmother and her granddaughter while they spend all day trying to get money to pay for the young girl’s abortion, visiting former friends and revealing family secrets of the past.

 

The film explores several themes inherent to femininity, to the tradition of family roles and to feminist theory. Grandma premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and served as the closing night feature. It was named among the top ten independent films of 2015 by the National Board of Review, and Tomlin was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance.

 

 

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2. Suffragette (Sarah Gavron, 2015)

 

Suffragette

 

Suffragette is a 2015 British film directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film focuses on the first participants in the British movement in favor of women’s suffrage at the end of the 19th century and before World War I.

 

The story is approached from the perspective of Maud Watts, a young woman who works in an industrial laundry and who slowly begins to question the injustices to which women are subjected to throughout their lives in social, legal and private environments. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep, and shows the emergence of one of the most important feminist movements in universal history.

 

 

Enjoy our review of 1917 here

 

 

 

1. Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016)

 

Hidden Figures

 

Based on the homonymous book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures is a 2016 biographical film directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe and Taraji P. Henson, who portray three African-American women who were crucial in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union and whose achievements were poorly recognized.

 

Henson plays Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated the flight paths of the Mercury project and the Apollo 11 flight to the moon in 1969. Spencer and Monáe play Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson respectively, who developed the calculations that led John Glenn to become the first American astronaut to complete a full orbit around the Earth. The film explores the difficulties and injustices that women face in academic and professional fields and was nominated in the Academy Awards in the categories of Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.

 

 

 

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