March is Women’s History Month and with yesterday being International Women’s Day, it’s a perfect time to talk about some movies about women. Bitch Media has put together a list of five documentaries to watch for Women’s History Month, along with trailers.
These documentaries tell the stories of women who broke societal expectations and pushed forward for their kind. The first on the list is Althea. The documentary follows the story of Althea Gibson, the first African American to play at the US Open and to win a Wimbledon title in the 1950s.
Her story is a struggle of both race and gender, as she had to work her way up in the tennis world. One where it is saturated with white players and males, and all during a time of rampant racism. Althea won a total of 11 Grand Slam tournaments. Not only that, but she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Another great entry on the list is Georgie Girl. This documentary is about Georgina Beyer and her arduous journey from former sex worker to the first trans woman in New Zealand’s Parliament. She is actually the world’s first openly transsexual Member of Parliament. The documentary is available for streaming on PBS, albeit having to connect through a cable TV provider.
The other documentaries on the list are just as riveting and informative as the two I mentioned above. They are all worth watching and are equally strong in their message. As most documentaries are, these movies tell the organic and real stories of people and their lives. And powerful are these stories, especially appropriate for Women’s History Month.
If you haven’t yet please do take a look at the list of documentaries, and why not take some time to watch some of the movies yourself. For movie goodness, come back here to Cinemaniacs!