Written by: Ly Phan
Title: 5 Movies that Help You Find Your Inner Feminist
Mid-terms period just finished. You only have a little time to catch a breath before finals period begin. Of course, there is not enough time to start and binge watch a new TV show. But, you definitely deserve a movie break. Today, we curated a movie list for you to relax, enjoy and find your inner feminist power.
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
I’m sure you have heard a lot of buzz from this movie. It was nominated for several Oscars last year and the costume designs are just unforgettable. But my favorite part about this film is the female protagonist Furiosa. The movie sets in a time years after the collapse of civilization. At this time, women are treated like properties but Furiosa’s mission to liberate these women is refreshing and admirable. It shows acknowledgement of frustration and how to stay open to change which is surprising relevant to our current time.
- Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
If action movie like Mad Max: Fury Road is not your type, then here is a more relaxing drama/romance option. Mona Lisa smiles sets in 1950s. It tells a story about a college professor and how she guides her female students to choose their paths after graduation. She showed them that marrying a rich husband and becoming a housewife is not the only path; they can strive for better. There are other ways to make use of their education at UCLA. Seeing these women at their cross paths in life is so relatable since we are at that stage of our life as well.
- Short Term 12 (2013)
Starring Brie Larson (my favorite actress, feminist), Short Term 12 tells the story of a supervisor while dealing with her personal crisis but still refuse to ignore the needs of others in her community. Brie Larson is known for her Oscar winning performance in Room (2015), but her performance in this movie is no less good. Seeing her in this film is definitely just the motivational girl power boost you needed.
- How to Be Single Single (2016)
If the above 3 films are too heavy for you, How to Be Single is just the kind of rom-com you are look for. What we love about this movie is that you will find a piece of you reflected in one of the 4 women in this movie and the dilemma that they face. The film is relatable but also teaches its audience one important lesson about feminism. It is that women have control of their lives and can make their own decision whether that is being single and doing things for themselves or allowing a man to come into their lives.
- Frida (2002)
Today, we are ending the blog with a classic movie. Frida, starring Salma Hayek, features the true story of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who became one of the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history. For us, there is no better way to channel our feminist than celebrating the life story of a talented woman with a beautiful artistic mind like Frida Kahlo.