Last week I went to Motorco in Durham to see Miss Representation, a documentary on women and girls in the media. It was really great time, including delicious food truck tacos and duck fat tater tots. The documentary, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is a powerful film that brings light to the issue that young girls are being taught that their value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. As a woman that’s grown up in this culture, it really struck me and made the think about how the media has affected my self worth. In addition to addressing a topical issue, I thought the documentary was really well done stylistically. There were many jaw-dropping statistics that were displayed through eye catching motion graphics and title screens. The whole documentary felt cohesive, which allowed the viewer to stay engaged in the storytelling. The Miss Representation campaign also has an informative and well designed website. They also employ the use of social media to spread the word.
The documentary and the large number of people that showed up gave me great inspiration for my capstone project. I hope to form a more concrete idea and talk with some local agencies over the Christmas break.