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THE READING GROUP
2nd MARCH 7-9PM
SISTERS UNCUT & THE READING GROUP PRESENT: She's Beautiful When She's Angry
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY reveals a wide-reaching movement with women’s rock bands, poetry readings, and “zaps,” impromptu protest actions. The film shows many aspects of the movement: poets and publishers in San Francisco (Susan Griffin and Alta); lesbian activists (Rita Mae Brown and Karla Jay) who made the slur “Lavender Menace” into a term of liberation; Chicago women who started a pre-Roe underground abortion service (Judith Arcana and Heather Booth); and the Boston women who wrote Our Bodies, Ourselves, named by Time Magazine as one of the most important books of the 20th century. She’s Beautiful shows many strands of early feminism, including the voices of women of color and struggles over issues of class and lesbian rights.
“The women’s movement was a revolt that was starting from the bottom, from the grass roots -- nobody controlled it. There are probably tens of thousands of women all over the country right now who were leaders in the women’s liberation movement and we’ll never know their names because they were organizing and agitating in their church, or in their school, or in their neighborhood, or just in their marriage.” Vivian Rothstein
"Reminds us feminist didn't just feel as if they were changing the world - they changed it. Makes clear: The fight isn't over" Rachel Saltz, New York Times.
Dir. Mary Dore
Prod. Nancy Kennedy