5 Women-Centric Films You Shouldn’t Miss

Feminist Films

Over the years, there were many movies about, for, and by women. We enjoyed many of them and forgot about others. However, some of these movies are exceptional. They allowed women to voice their beliefs freely and helped to shape a growing public consciousness on the value of feminism. 

Feminist Films
Still from Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

Although we cannot truly capture women’s core issues in a couple of hours, these movies offered a unique glimpse into the biggest problems women face today. For that, we gathered a list of 5 must-watch movies created in the last 5 years to empower you.

Promising Young Woman (2021)

Directed by Emerald Fennell 

Promising Young Woman is a mind-blowing movie. The movie tackles important topics like fragile masculinity, rape culture, and healing after trauma. The main protagonist Cassandra Thomas is smart, lovely, and lives a double life. Suddenly, an unexpected incident happened to allow Cassandra to change her life. The movie may make you sad, angry, or frustrated. However, it will also make you feel powerful and in control.

I believe that this movie is a whirlwind of emotions and feelings. Also, I see that it is one of the best feminist movies of all time with its eccentric characters, amazing plot, and creative handling of various concepts.

Souad (2020) 

Directed by Ayten Amin

The exceedingly interesting Egyptian-Tunisian co-produced movie “Souad” is a creative melding of feminism with drama through the magical writing of Mahmoud Ezzat and Ayten Amin. The movie tackles the lives of Egyptian adolescent females in rural areas, where the constant pressure of social media sites clashes with the conservative structures of society. In fact, the movie will leave you with many brain-bending questions that will empower you at the end.

As well as being sincere and sad, this film is one of those rare movies that tackles the contrast between the persona we show on social media platforms and the truth behind it. 

Little Women (2019)

Directed by Greta Gerwing

Little Women is a drama movie, and it is the seventh adaptation of 1868 Louisa May Alcott’s novel. The film tells the lives of the March sisters; Amy, Beth, Meg, and Jo who live in Concord, Massachusetts, during the 19th century. The movie is about war, love, feminism, and women’s choices.

In my opinion, this latest adaptation of Little Women is the best one so far. 

Daughters of Abdul-Rahman (2021)

Directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan

The movie tackles the story of four lower-middle-class sisters in the face of Jordan’s all-powerful patriarchy. Daughters of Abdul-Rahman is about women’s choices, patriarchy, ambition, and self-discovery.

Daughters of Abdul-Rahman is a melodrama film with a unique, Jordanian sense of humor that is full of light touching moments. 

Girls Trip (2017)

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

If you need to laugh out loud, Girls Trip will be the best choice. There is a natural charm to this movie. The movie tackles different women-related subjects, like female pleasure, friendships, single parenting, dating, and so on. It’s funny, entertaining, and wholeheartedly joyful from start to end.

This film is the perfect choice for any girls’ sleepover as it is guaranteed to make any night much better. 

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