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If you’re going to Citizen Jane, get ready for a superheroine of a documentary.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of the American Superheroine, showing on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Windsor Auditorium, tells the story of everyone’s favorite Amazon warrior, Wonder Woman. From her original portrayal as a feminist figure and the “re-imagining” she got post-WWII (boo!) to the color-TV treatment she got in the ’70s, the stars-and-stripes-clad lady has had her share of whiplash identity changes.
But something that separates Wonder Women! from a (welcome) nerd show is that it focuses not only on the comic book heroine but also on the real-life female heroes who paved the way for today’s women. Fighter pilots in WWII, gender rights groups in the ’70s and the Riot Grrl movement in the ’80s harmonize with the changes made to DC’s top gal throughout the 20th century. Interviews with Lynda Carter and Gloria Steinem top it off, making it the dream-doc for super-nerds and feminists alike.
Now, from the way I’m writing this, it must sound like I’ve already seen the film. I haven’t. I just got all of that information from watching the trailer:
But I can tell you that I’ve been following the production of this film since 2010, when I first saw the trailer put together to generate fundraising for the project (I’d give you the link for it, but I can’t find it — clearly, they got the funding). Growing up a feminist and finding a love for anything superhero(ine)-related, I was hooked and hoping to see this at Citizen Jane in 2011.
Alas, no lassoing lassie last year — say that three times fast — but my dreams came true a year later when I saw it on the CJ2012 schedule this year. From this superheroine-obsessed feminist, make sure you check it out! (Also, I hear there’s going to be a costume contest afterward, which is an ultimate win.)
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