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"Wonder Women" at UICA traces evolution of American superheroines

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's documentary Wonder Women, a pop-culture documentary with plenty of heart and a bit of kick, is screening for free at UICA.
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Free Screening at the UICA
3/12 Tuesday – 7:00 p.m.

Wonder Women Website

Wonder Women: The Untold Story of Female Superheroines is a documentary from filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan.

From World War II to Women’s Liberation, from Reaganism to Riot Grrls, the film examines the pop-culture legacies of female heroes over the past 70 years. Through comics, film and television, superheroines have emerged as beacons of power, justice and inspiration.

The film traces Wonder Woman’s origins in comics, and later onto the small screen. The “Wonder Woman” TV show paved the way for other iconic women-led shows like “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Bionic Woman.” In the 80s and 90s, we see the rise of powerful women such as Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley, Xena and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In contrast to their male counterparts, these heroines are still few and far-between.

The film concludes with a hopeful look at the future of media creation. It sits in on a workshop of Reel Grrls, a program that trains young women in video production, and pushes them to create thoughtful media that challenges convention.

The film features interviews with Linda Carter, the star of the “Wonder Woman” TV show; Gloria Steinem, feminist leader and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center; Gail Simone, the longest-running female writer of Wonder Woman comics, and many others.

It's a fun, illuminating documentary that celebrates pop culture while simultaneously pushing us to improve it.

Wonder Women is screening for free at the UICA this Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. 

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