And that’s the story of how Nichelle Nichols stuck with Star Trek after the first season.
Wadjda | 2013 | dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour
For me, the most meaningful final image of 2013 came from a perfect little poetic film that the Oscars have already ignored — the first Saudi Arabian film directed by a woman, and as first features go, basically a miracle — Wadjda. In Saudi Arabia, where Wadjda’s mother (like all women) is prohibited to drive a car, Wadjda wants something little girls aren’t allowed to have either — a bicycle. It won’t spoil too much to say that Wadjda bravely attains that bike by the end of the film, and after racing past the boy who one day wants to marry her, she arrives at this intersection. There at the crossroads, all of adulthood streams past her, the men in their cars and she on her bike. She looks left, she looks right; she smiles. And our hearts swell with the certainty that nothing on earth will stop her.
This is why I love him
A look at the 100 highest-earning movies of 2013 reveals that movies with a female protagonist earned 20% more on average than movies with a male protagonist. The numbers break down to $116 million on average for female-led movies and $97 million on average for male-led ones.
Not that there were so many of movies with female protagonists in the first place. Of the 100 movies I ran the numbers on, only 16 had girls or women as the clear main characters.
Summer Glau rehearsing for Serenity
I really love that she fights like a dancer.
i needa learn this
Well she was a ballet dancer so it makes sense. It’s beautiful to watch.
It’s kind of of interesting to me how many good film fighters came out of a dance background; Glau was a ballet dancer, Michelle Yeoh was in ballet before a spinal injury and Jackie Chan’s training was in Chinese opera before he went into stunt work (as did a lot of the other Hong Kong greats of his generation, like Sammo Hung). Also, Zhang Ziyi.
Dr. Caroline Heldman breaks it down
Amazing video. Should be required viewing for high school students. I may make it required viewing for my future college students.
"The Fighting Fucktoy" is my new favourite phrase.
See: Why male gaze is awful and needs to be addressed
This documentary was awesome and powerful definitely recommend that you guys watch it!
To those who argue against the idea that physically strong characters are not necessarily empowered characters, I highly recommend watching Miss Representation. Also for TONS of other reasons (this is only one topic covered). Basically, watch Miss Representation.
It’s also available on netflix streaming!!