Botox, lipo-suction, exploitation, and sexual objects – are those the only messages being sent by the media to young women today? Are young women being brought up in a society where beauty overshadows the brain? While there is no question that the media plays a strong role in today’s society, there is the question of – why does there appear to be no room for intellectual women? Those are the questions behind the critically acclaimed documentary Miss Representation that has stirred up some much needed attention.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes the dire need to change the way women are portrayed through the media, and provides an inspirational voice through conversations with teenage girls, advocates, politicians, journalists, and academics.
Hailed as “Inspiring” by Entertainment Weekly and “A relative and important doc” by The Hollywood Reporter, Miss Representation features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, and more as they examine the negative impact on society being driven by the media themselves.
The film which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network, followed by a nationwide screening tour throughout film festivals, universities, and institutions, make its DVD, VOD, and Digital Streaming debut on April 10th by Virgil Films & Entertainment.