Movie review: Documentary captures birth of modern feminist movement

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Sometimes you have to stop and look back to realize how far you’ve come and how you got there.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a sweeping, multifaceted look at the early days of the modern second-wave U.S. feminist movement, chronicling both the climate that brought it to a boiling point and the boiling itself.

Through extensive use of archival footage and interviews with a wide range of the women who lived it, director Mary Dore paints an enlightening portrait of how to actually affect change.

The scope of the undertaking does create some sections that lack focus — or rather could be the topic of their own documentary — and the celebration of those who birthed this progress sometimes obscures the fact that there’s still much to be done for gender equality.

There’s also a great absence of male voices — with the exception, of course, of some jaw-droppingly sexist soundbites from the archives — and if you think that means the movie is unfair, it probably means you need to learn to shut up and listen.

"She's Beautiful When She's Angry"

Opens Friday at the Gateway

3 stars