Director Mary Dore’s documentary, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, sheds light upon the necessary issues that plagued women during the modern women’s movement. Dore focuses on the years 1966 to 1971 and the anger that influenced women to fight against the typical man-powered society that women were subjected to living in during this time. The coverage of this film is far reaching for a five year span.
Women were agitated at their placement in society and a world that was dominated by males. In one part of the film, bathed in the anger that fell upon them in a tormenting succession of years without power, these women marched the streets saying the type of things that usually men themselves yelled out as they “appreciated” a woman’s body, or rather, catcalled them. During “slut walks” women shed their clothing, women were protesting against the inequality between man and woman.
Mary Dore spoke during a Q & A post-screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry on March 25th, 2014 at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. It was mentioned that a lot of the material and footage used to portray the modern women’s movement in this film would have usually been put into archives and would have eventually been forgotten, if it had not been for Mary Dore. Mary Dore explained that it took a very long time to make this film, because, surprisingly, it’s not a popular subject.
More than 21 years ago, Mary Dore started to write the grants for this film. There were a lot of people within the grants process who didn’t want to help support this film, because “it had already been done before.” The anger Dore felt during this process pushed her to try harder to make the film. Mary Dore wanted to specifically cover the earlier part of the movement, because she felt that it hadn’t been covered enough. She also mentioned that many of the people involved in this movement were also involved in other movements that were going on at the time. Half of the women in this film were involved with the civil rights movement.
Dore also wanted to exemplify the importance of the Child Care Bill, which was something that almost happened during this time period. Stereotypes from that time period are still around and continue to plague us with ignorance that destroys the quality of life for women. Without the women featured in this film and their associates, we would not be at this level of equality. There are plenty of issues within She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry that are relevant today. These women pushed for power where power is deserved. This film encourages viewers to wake up with the inspiring reminiscing memories the interviewees contributed. Take a walk down the street and feel yourself liberated by the work that the women in this film did for the common woman in today’s society. Why stop now?