Miss Representation

Synopsis: Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
Genre: Documentary
  1 win & 1 nomination.
85 min

The media is

the message and the messenger

and, increasingly, a powerful one.


People learn more from media

than any other single source

of information,

so if we want to understand

what's going on in our society

in the 21st century,

we have to understand media.

If you think about

media and technology,

they're delivering content

that is shaping our society.

They're shaping our politics.

They're shaping

our national discourse.

And most of all, they're shaping

our children's brains

and lives and emotions.

We estimate

that there's somewhere north

of a billion people who use

the internet every single day.

That's just a reach

that hasn't existed before

in terms of media.

Our kids today

live on Facebook and cellphones.

The diversity of the platforms means

that those images

are impacting your kid 2417

and whatever restrictions

existed when we were growing up

simply don't exist today.

Girls get the message

from very early on

that what's most important

is how they look,

that their value, their worth,

depends on that.

And boys get the message

that this is what's important

about girls.

We get it from advertising.

We get it from films.

We get it from television shows,

video games, everywhere we look.

So, no matter what else a woman does,

now matter what else

her achievements,

their value still depends on

how they look.

There is no appreciation

for women intellectuals.

It's all about the body,

not about the brain.

You all saw the famous photo

from the weekend

of Hillary looking so haggard

and, what, looking like 92 years old.

Breast implants...

did you have them or not'?

Because that's all over

the internet about you

in mainstream media.

I think if you waterboarded

Nancy Pelosi,

she wouldn't admit

to plastic surgery.

The fact that media are

so limiting and so derogatory

to the most powerful women

in the country,

then what does it say

about media's ability

to take any woman in america


The media treats women like shit,

and it's horrible, and it's, like...

I don't know how we survive it

I don't know how we rise above it.

[Metric's "Help I'm Alive" plays]

I tremble

[echoing ] I tremble

They're gonna eat me alive

[echoing ] Eat me alive

If I stumble

[ Echoing ] If I stumble

They're gonna eat me alive

[echoing ] Eat me alive

Can you hear my heart

beating like a hammer?

Beating like a hammer

Help, I'm alive

My heart keeps beating

like a hammer

Hard to be soft

Tough to be tender

Come take my pulse

The pace is on a runaway train

Help, I'm alive

My heart keeps beating

like a hammer

Beating like a hammer

Beating like a hammer

Beating like a hammer

Help, I'm alive

My heart keeps beating

like a hammer

Captions by Vitac...

Captions paid for by

Discovery Communications.

Siebel Newsom:

There are moments in life

when you begin to see things

more clearly.

When I found out

I was pregnant with a girl,

everything came into focus.

But I looked around me,

and I was really frightened for her.

I couldn't imagine

that my daughter could grow up

to be emotionally healthy

and fulfilled

given our modern culture.

So I'm compelled to make sense

of all of this for her.

And I know I have to start

by looking at my own life...

the mistakes I've made

and the traps I've fallen into.

Because even though

I've had many privileges,

I haven't been immune

to the damage our culture does

to women and girls.

When I was a young girl,

I felt secure

in my place in the world.

But as with most girls,

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Jacoba Atlas

Jacoba Atlas is an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning writer and producer, with extensive experience as a broadcast executive at NBC News, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, and PBS. Currently, she is President of Creative Visions Productions, a multimedia company whose mission is to use media to inform, engage, and inspire. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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