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A List of the Supposed Best 101 Feminist Films:

A List of the Supposed Top 100 LGBT Films:

Cover Girl Culture-- In this documentary, former Elite International fashion model, Nicole Clark, calls for a necessary change, integrity and responsible media for our youth. This is an examination of how advertising and the cult of celebrity have deeply and negatively impacted teens and young women. The film juxtaposes ads and interviews with editors from top fashion magazines with revealing interviews of parents, teachers, psychologists, body image experts, and the girls themselves. (available at UM’s library)

Diagnosing Difference – - A documentary featuring interviews with a number of transgender men and women, talking about the requirement for a diagnosis of “gender identity disorder” in order to access other gender-related care and services. This film provides excellent insights into the challenges of navigating the American medical system.

Beauty Mark: Body Image and the Race for Perfection-- Diane Isreal, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness. The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and author.  (available at UM’s library)

Orlando - this is the most figurative interpretation of transexuality: an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel of the same name follows the immortal life of a young nobleman in Elizabethan times who, a few centuries later, wakes up one morning as a woman. Deliciously androgynous Tilda Swinton plays the title character and British dandy Quentin Crisp, the "queen of queens," plays an elderly Queen Elizabeth I. While it wasn't widely embraced at the time of its release, its visually stunning examination of gender identity earned a theatrical re-release in 2010 by Sony Pictures Classics. (available at UM’s library)

Eggsploitation  - Eggsploitation renders the medical risks of paid egg donation with care and truth in every detail and makes a thoroughly devastating case against the commodification of women and their eggs.

Miss Representation - Explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's portrayals of women. (available at UM’s library)

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