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Empowering Picks for International Women's Day: 8 Movies & Shows Celebrating Women on Screen

Hey! I know it's International Women's Day and I'm a little late in posting, but I wanted to share a few gems to watch this weekend, especially with the Oscars coming up on Sunday!

March 8th is International Women's Day, a time to honor the incredible achievements and stories of women around the world. What better way to celebrate than by diving into some empowering and inspiring movies and TV shows? Here are a few recommendations that highlight women in various roles, from directors to actors and the stories they tell.

Barbie (2023) - Nominated for Best Picture

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera

Barbie isn't just a doll; she's an icon. Directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie as Barbie, alongside Ryan Gosling as Ken, this movie brings the beloved characters to life in a whole new way. America Ferrera's powerful monologue in this film is one for the history books.

True Detective: Night Country (2024)

Directed by: Issa López

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kali Reis

Directed by Mexican filmmaker Issa López (known for Tigers Are Not Afraid), Season 4 of True Detective takes the traditional neo-noir formula and puts a new spin on it. Set in Ennis, Alaska, this series stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Alaskan detectives investigating a mysterious disappearance at the Tsalal Arctic Research Station. I loved this season a lot!!! One of my favs.

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Directed by: Ridley Scott

A timeless classic about friendship, courage, and defiance, Thelma & Louise is a film that still resonates today. Watch as Thelma and Louise break free from their passivity, taking control of their lives and embarking on a wild journey.

Surf Girls Hawai'i (2023)

Documentary - 1 Season

Directed by: Monica Medellin

This documentary series directed by Monica Medellin offers a unique look at the world of competitive surfing through the eyes of young female stars. Follow Moana Jones Wong, Ewe Wong, Maluhia Kinimaka, Pua DeSoto, and Brianna Cope as they navigate the waves, family responsibilities, and the pursuit of their dreams.

Anatomy of a Fall (2023) - Nominated for Best Picture

Directed by: Justine Triet - Nominated for Best Director

Justine Triet's intense film Anatomy of a Fall follows the gripping story of a woman accused of murdering her husband. Triet, known for her previous works like Victoria and Sibyl, brings her unique directorial style to this powerful narrative.

Past Lives (2023) - Nominated for Best Picture

Directed by: Celine Song

Starring: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro

A semi-autobiographical feature, Past Lives explores the deep connection between childhood friends Nora and Hae Sung. Set against the backdrop of New York City, this film delves into themes of destiny, love, and the choices that shape our lives.

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret (2023)

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig

Starring: Abey Ryder Foster, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates

This one is near and dear because this book meant a lot to me as a kid! Plus Courtney and I did a podcast on it because it struck a chord with us. The adaptation of the popular and controversial book Are You There God? It's Me Margaret is one of the best and most underrated films of the year. The movie is very much about growing up and female puberty, a subject often overlooked but an important one that is vital for young girls to see on screen. This one can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of gender.

Woman King (2023)

Directed by:Gina Prince-Bythewood

Starring: Viola Davis

In a historical drama set in the 1800s, Woman King tells the story of all-female warriors protecting the African kingdom of Dahomey. Led by General Nanisca, these fierce warriors face a new threat that challenges their way of life.

These films and TV shows not only entertain but also inspire and empower. Whether you're in the mood for a classic tale of friendship and adventure or a thought-provoking drama, there's something on this list for everyone. So grab some popcorn, gather your friends, and celebrate the strength and resilience of women this International Women's Day! 🎬✨

America Ferrera and Ariana Greenblatt in Barbie

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