Resurrecting Women’s Lib thru Mary Dore’s documentary on Women’s History Month

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry



SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is an insightful, rousing and often humorous account of the birth and rise of the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium.

Directed by Mary Dore, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY combines rarely-seen archival footage, a classic soundtrack of the era and the first-person stories of the protests, poetry slams and community meetings that engineered the women’s liberation movement and the meaningful social change it sought. Embracing the grassroots movement that proclaimed “the personal is political” and the women who dared to get furious about it, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is not only a tribute to past bravery and determination, but also a warning and urgent rallying cry to the next wave of those determined to ensure equal rights for all.

Capturing the exhilaration felt by a generation of women who challenged and shed age-old gender role limitations in a surge of rebellious energy, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY features commentary from such women’s issues activists and writers as Chude Pamela Allen, Judith Arcana, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Fran Beal. Despite episodes of internal discord, including challenges to leadership and disparity of focus, the movement nevertheless became the voice for the many strands feminism, from the particular demands of women of color to the struggles over issues of class and lesbian rights.

ShesBeautiful_DVD_3dAn essential chronicle of the movement that elevated women out of their second-class status, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY champions the brilliant women at the forefront of the seismic changes of the time, as well as those who continue to bang the drum of equality today.

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is intended to be informative and provocative, both in style and content. The title conveys my approach – it’s memorable, and it makes a lot of people uncomfortable. So did the women’s movement, and so do today’s arguments over women’s rights,” says filmmaker Mary Dore. “This is a very personal film for me; my life was entirely changed by the women’s movement. While I am a bit younger than the women in the film, I witnessed the power and exhilaration that was created by challenging the most basic ideas of society. If you were there, you know what I mean – the world turned upside down, or in [professor and journalist] Ruth Rosen’s words, ‘the world split open.’”

following its theatrical rollout to theaters and festivals across the US and Canada, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY on DVD and VOD for the first time on March 1, 2016 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Boston Independent Film Festival and the Mardi Gras Film Festival, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY garnered nominations for Best Documentary at the Women Film Critics Circle Awards and the Melbourne International Film Festival. It also picked up the prize for Best Documentary at the Fairhope Film Festival. A critically acclaimed film, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY currently boasts an outstanding rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It’s a bubbling cauldron of newfound freedom and energy coming to life, an inspiring reminder of what people of a like mind and heart can accomplish,” says Tom Long of THE DETROIT NEWS. “SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is a thing of beauty indeed.”