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Where Are the Women? Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Where Are the Women? Winter on Fire Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

There are many women, all with their own authority, among the large ensemble of interviewees: activists, art critics, musicians, doctors, and others.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +6

+1
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
+1
More than one? [why this matters]


+2
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]
+2
More than one? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

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

No.

TOTAL SCORE: +6

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: In a documentary that does not have a single central protagonist, there are numerous women among the large ensemble of interviewees: activists, art critics, musicians, doctors, and many others. And not a single one of them is defined by a relationship to a man or a child: they are all their own people, defined foremost as themselves and the roles they play in the revolution, and the authority they wield to discuss it.


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 Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom! 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 Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.

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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