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5 Feminist Films & Documentaries To Add To Your Watch List

Sort out your girls night in with these five feminist-centric movies and documentaries.
Sort out your girls night in with these five feminist-centric movies and documentaries. (Cover credits: (L) Exhibition On Screen; (R) IMDB)

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Feminism is one of the many social issues that Zafigo strongly advocates for (on top of travel, of course). Intertwine this with film, and youve got yourself a recipe for award-winning, women-led shows in a male-dominated industry. Seeing the upsurge of women playing key roles in the film industry, weve curated a list of five feminist films and documentaries to watch for women who run the world.

Frida Kahlo (2020)

Exhibition on Screens documentary on famed artist Frida Kahlo is a stark contrast to other documentaries that are focused on the surrealist painters personal and romantic life. In an interview with Vogue, the documentarys director, Ali Ray, shared her desire to explore Fridas life as an artist. Expect a well-researched, in-depth 90 minutes that sheds light on Fridas artistic passion and endeavours.


Becoming (2020)

Bearing the same name as former first lady Michelle Obamas memoir, Becoming, this biopic revolves around her work. It also offers an intimate glimpse into her life as a mother, a leader, and a woman. Although Michelle has been in the public eye for a considerable amount of time, Becoming is definitely an inspiring documentary for those who are interested in her efforts in promoting feminism and equality.


Sepet (2005)

Yasmin Ahmad was one of Malaysias pioneering film directors, and her cinematography has won various accolades and awards both locally and internationally. In Sepet (titled Chinese Eyes for the international market), Yasmin tackled racial disparity and prejudices, the right to sexual expression, and intercultural relations that received both praise and criticism. Although Sepet may not be currently available for online streaming, you can watch Mukhsin, the prequel to Sepet, on Netflix and Astro Go. Lets hope Sepet will be made available on these platforms soon!

  


The Story of Diana (2017)

To many, the late Princess Diana embodies a womans fighting spirit for maintaining her individuality and reputation. Her untimely passing was mourned by many, and also spurred women to rethink their gender roles and break free from societal norms. The Story of Diana tells the tale of Dianas tumultuous life from childhood up until her marriage through the perspective of archival footage and people in her life, with much focus on the Peoples Princessexemplary humanitarian efforts.

  


Dangal (2016)

Dangal proves that men can be feminists too. Based on a true story, Dangal tells the story of Mahavir Singh Poghat, a former wrestler, who trains his daughters to become wrestlers. The girls ultimately go on to win gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. The film gives audiences insight into the gender stereotyping and inequalities women in India face on a daily basis.

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Sue aspires to be a writer with a passion. Hailing from sunny Malaysia, Sue lives to eat and doesn't mind having thosai for breakfast everyday. Her dream is to one day swim with her all-time favourite animal, whale sharks.