Miss Representation Reviews
(Full review TBD)
I will say however, that this documentary is full of facts, and if unprepared, you will be missing a lot of hard hitting statistics that add to the story of this movie. Unfortunately, a star was docked because of how much facts there were in this documentary. There were times where I felt extremely overwhelmed by the statistics so you have been warned!
What struck me most about this documentary however, is that while it is 2016 and this movie is already 5 years old, very little has changed from the information they stated. i.e. women are still misrepresented in main stream media. And even though we now have a female presidential nominee, there are still media outlets targeting her based on her appearance and not her competence. Regardless of the example, many of the things said in this movie still applies today, which is why this movie/documentary is still extremely relevant and necessary.
Miss Representation also places importance on the fact that men who are exposed to images of females in the media learn to compare women who they meet to those images. They learn to expect from women what the media expects from them.
Overall, the documentary does an effective job of showing that media's portrayal of gender is a problem. And since this documentary has been produced, I am sad to see that there has been very little change.
The subject is close to the director's heart, inspired by learning that the child she is carrying is female, but as a documentary this fell a little short for me. The screen is constantly bombarded with facts and figures and Congdon spends a great deal of time illustrating the issue, but hardly any coming up with solutions to the problem.
A very worthy film that would do well to be shown in schools, but I learned nothing new here.