Must Watch Feminist Films and Shows on Netflix

Becoming (2020)

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The intimate documentary follows the life of Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States. It shows the behind-the-scenes of her personal life, goals and connections with other people. 

 

Cable Girls (2017)

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Cable Girls is a Spanish period television series that follows the lives of four young women who work for a telephone company, in 1920 Madrid. It celebrates a movement towards change and gender equality, as the women gain independence and their own source of income.

 

Erin Brockovich (2000)

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The 2000 film is based on the true story of a woman who works as a legal assistant, who shortly discovers a power company is poisoning a city’s water supply. She then becomes instrumental in helping to win the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit.

 

Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018)

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The 2018 documentary focuses on the stories of various women who feature in a 1977 book of photographs, that capture cultural restrictions they faced throughout their childhoods. The documentary also focuses on the present day, and emphasises the need for there to be constant change and evolution towards equality. It focuses on important matters relating to: identity, abortion, race and motherhood.

 

Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé (2018)

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Written, directed and produced by Beyoncé herself, the documentary captures her 2018 Coachella performance. It offers a personal insight into Beyoncé’s work and creativity that goes into making her visions become iconic performances.  

 

Period. End of Sentence. (2020)

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The documentary focuses on a group of Indian women who fought for better access to sanitary products, who then started to manufacture their own. The documentary also stresses that the stigma attached to menstruation needs to be axed once and for all, as well as highlighting how important it is for men to be allies relating to the issue. 

 

RBG (2018)

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RBG is an American documentary focusing on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice. The documentary explores how her early legal battles changed the world for women.

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

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The biographical documentary film is based on the life of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone, and explores how depression, abuse and stardom shaped her to become the woman she became.

 

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