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Wednesday 5: The Netflix Five—Films Featuring Inspiring Women

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we bring back a favorite: The Netflix Five—Films Featuring Inspiring Women. We hope you find some movie time to learn about these incredible women and girls. Hurry to netflix.com; these award-winning social documentaries are streaming now.

 

1.

Brave Miss World

Brave-Miss-WorldWeeks before being named Miss World, Linor Abargil was raped. She tells the world her inspiring true story in this Emmy-nominated documentary, Brave Miss World. The film follows her from the rape to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman’s journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.

Watch the trailer here.

 

2.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America, Season 1

makers-pressimage-logo-2-470-wplokMAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and in private, in courts and in Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. 

Watch the trailer here.

 

3.

The Lady in Number 6

lady in number 6The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories. As the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor, 109 year-old Alice Herz Sommer shares her views on how to live a long and happy life. She discusses music, laughter, and how to remain optimistic come what may. The film features beautiful photographs and rare film footage that truly brings Alice’s extraordinary story to life. (She died less than two weeks before her story won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary Film.)

Watch the trailer here.

 

4.

Ready to Fly

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Ready To Fly is a true story of a woman hero who triumphs over massive obstacles to not only achieve her dream but to change the world for other women in the process. The film follows World Champion ski jumper Lindsey Van and her ad hoc women’s ski jumping family through their 12-year fight to achieve gender equality in the Winter Olympic Games, which didn’t—until 2014—allow women to compete in that sport.

Watch the trailer here.

 

5.

Girl Rising

Girl Rising Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

Watch the trailer here.

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