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Greenlit: Women, BBC4

Women (3×60′) – Documentary series the rise of feminism and interrogating its impact on contemporary women’s lives.

Generational in structure, the first film, entitled Libbers, maps the ideology of women’s liberation in the Seventies, including interviews with legendary British and American feminists, including Kate Millett, Susan Brownmiller, Germaine Greer, and the last ever interview with novelist Marilyn French, who died in May 2009.

The second film, Mothers, documents the daily lives of ordinary women with children, exploring the extent to which the legacy of feminism has altered gender roles and the division of labour in the home.

The film features eight middle-class women, with differing attitudes to feminism, to see whether, as a result of the women’s movement, gender roles have changed. Are these educated women living the dream that feminism imagined for them?

The final programme is an observational film about a small group of passionate and angry young feminist activists in London now.

These young women believe that the need for feminist activism is now more urgent than ever. They are deeply concerned about the objectification of women, the ubiquity of lads’ magazines, and the rise in pornography and lap dancing clubs.

Activists follows the feminists over a three-month period, as they organise meetings and demonstrations, exploring their politics and motivations. Are these women a small group of insignificant extremists or is a new wave of feminism about to be unleashed?

Channel: BBC4

Producer: BBC

TX: 8th March

Source: BBC press release


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