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This Changes Everything (2018)

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Compelling, entertaining docu about women in film and TV.

Movie NR 2018 95 minutes
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This documentary features an impressive company of female actors and directors who light up the screen with their stories and insights addressing gender discrimination. As affecting as it is informative, It isn't all new information, it's simply well documented with damning facts and stats (only 4.1% of top-grossing films from 2002 to 2014 were directed by women!) beautifully delivered by folks who have been and still are feeling the effects of a systemic imbalance in the entertainment industry. Of particular note are the stories of the earliest female directors trying to change the status quo: Maria Griese, whose diligence turned her into a change-maker; efforts by the Directors Guild of America and the American Civil Liberties Union to promote change; and John Landgraf, a network boss who was inspired by a journalist and refused to accept the existing situation.

This Changes Everything (an ironic title given how often certain movies over the years that were heralded as game changers fell flat) has an important point to make: "Hollywood is our storytelling machine; it creates our cultural narrative and informs as the voice of our civilization." One hopes that those who can make a difference hear that message.

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