BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of girls/women]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +6
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0
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)
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.
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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