Synopsis by Brian Whitener
Produced by a collective of women filmmakers, The Women's Film is a unique example of early feminist documentary. Composed of interviews with a diverse group of women, the film examines what it means to be a woman in 1971. In interviews that are surprisingly frank, these women talk candidly about the daily realities of their lives as wives, homemakers, and workers. The idea of woman juggling multiple roles, explicitly defined here, would become increasingly central to the women's liberation movement. The film also works to establish this commonality across economic and ethnic boundaries. More importantly, this documentary demonstrates how the end of the Vietnam protest movement did not signify an end to productive social movements in the United States, as is often assumed.
feminism, interview, women's-issues, filmmaker, woman