Each year, the Center for the Study of Women in TV & Film releases its research on the status of women and girls behind the scenes and on screen in mainstream media. The 2012 results revealed that 33 percent of characters in Hollywood films were female, while only 11 percent of them were the film’s protagonists. What is more astonishing is that the number of female protagonists on screen decreased from 16 percent in 2002. So what do we do when the media industry represents 50 percent of the population only 33 percent of the time? We host the #SheDocs Online Film Festival!
#SheDocs is streaming 10 free films about real women and girls online from March 1-31st during Women’s History Month. Nearly 10,000 people have already logged on to watch our all-star lineup of female protagonists taking the lead in their own lives.
Here is what our viewers will find:
10 free films
50 female characters
18 female protagonists
12 women filmmakers (and 4 male filmmakers who represent women well!)
8 languages (including one that hasn’t been spoken in 6 generations)
12 days left to watch
We’ve been so inspired by the #SheDocs fanfare that we’re thinking of making it a 24/7, 365 day-a-year destination to find free films about women and girls temporarily available to watch online. Until then, don’t miss the Women’s History Month films online until Sunday, March 31st at http://bit.ly/SheDocs.
From our blog
July 11, 2018
Illuminating the human condition: it’s a theme that pervades some of the most effective documentaries. Getting there has multiple paths and as a filmmaker, you have baggage you bring. For The Judge, filmmaker Erika Cohn was a complete outsider in her story and had to build trust with strangers. Bing Liu, on the other hand, mined his own community…
June 27, 2018
Following the story of a group of Muslim morticians in Newark, NJ, the brother filmmaking team Zeshawn and Aman Ali learned invaluable lessons regarding death, faith, and community. Their ITVS Open Call funded Two Gods allowed them intimate access alongside their participants Furquan and Nas, giving the Ali brothers a space to work together and focus…
May 9, 2018
Councilwoman follows the story of Carmen, a hotel housekeeper and mother from the Dominican Republic striving to advocate for low-income workers from the margins to Providence, Rhode Island city politics. Her journey encourages us all to reflect on who should be responsible for the decision-making in our communities. Margo Guernsey, director of…