Thursday, March 30, 2023

Female empowerment hits the big screen

The Seventh Art also has leaders who are committed to recreating stories about the struggle of women to achieve gender equality and rights against men. This is the case of Sarah Gavron, who recreated the first vote of women in “Suffragette” (2015).

The synopsis reports that at the urging of activist Emmeline Pankhurst, a mother joins the growing British suffragette movement at the turn of the 20th century. During the opening she reported income of US$76,244. But it grossed $31.9 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Meanwhile, her counterpart Julie Taymor was based on the book “Frida: the biography of Frida Kahlo” to release “Frida, shades of a passion.” The film recounts the life of the Mexican painter, a strong, radical and revolutionary woman who was determined to be loyal to herself.

The film had a budget of US$12 million, but its receipts from box office sales amounted to US$56.2 million, which shows a difference of US$44.2 million.

The United Nations Organization (UN) indicates that March 25, 1911 was marked in history. 149 people, most of them women, died in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York, United States.

This tragic event revealed the conditions in which women worked, many immigrants and those with low incomes, an action that led to the mobilization of 15,000 people who demanded a reduction in working hours, the right to vote, and better wages.

The story of Marie Curie, the scientist who revolutionized the world with her work on polonium and radium, as well as receiving two Nobel Prizes in chemistry and physics, came to the big screen.

Director Marjane Satrapi premiered “Radioactive” in 2020, which grossed US$3.5 million, for telling the romance and scientific relationship between Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie, who investigated the potential of radioactive elements in the 20th century.

“Women have lived all these centuries as wives, with the magical and delicious power to reflect the figure of man, twice his natural size,” Virginia Woolf wrote in “A Room of One’s Own.”

Perhaps it is a similarity to the three scientists who worked for NASA in 1960 while simultaneously fighting for the civil rights of African-Americans.

Director Theodore Melfi released “Hidden Talents,” which grossed more than $235.9 million. This means gross income of US$210.9 million, when compared to the investment of US$25 million.

To make a change you don’t have to be older. And the Disney Company is aware of this through the warriors Mérida and Mulan, who face a world of men to achieve their freedom and save their loved ones.

These films totaled revenues of US$538.9 million and US$304.3 million, respectively.


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