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Where Are the Women? Theeb

Where Are the Women? Theeb

No girls or women appear in this movie at all. There is a photo of a woman, a wife far away in another land, but that’s it.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

WILDCARD SCORE: -2

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

The story opens on scenes of daily life in a Bedouin camp, which would certainly contain lots of girls and women doing all sorts of essential everyday jobs, and yet no girls or women appear onscreen at all: not in the background, not as the mother of the young father-orphaned male protagonist, nowhere. Women have simply been erased from this culture.

TOTAL SCORE: -2

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: No girls or women appear in this movie at all. (There is a photo of a woman, a wife far away in another land, but that’s it.) Which is very strange, because the world in which this is set is not an all-male environment.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Click here for the ranking of 2015’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Theeb! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Theeb.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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