Today Netflix and UN Women debuted a special collection of titles selected by influential women in entertainment from around the globe. “Because She Watched” is in honor of International Women’s Month and is a collection of series, documentaries and films that celebrate women.
“This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It’s about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish,” said Anita Bhatia, UN Women Deputy Executive Director.
The collection includes films and series that tackle social issues, bring up tough conversations and celebrate women of all backgrounds. From acclaimed films like Roma and Marriage Story, to fan favorites like Orange is The New Black and Sex Education, this collection will be available all year round. These titles were selected by 55 prominent industry women, including Salma Hayek, Lana Condor, Millie Bobbie Brown, and others.
“TV and film have the power to reflect and shape popular culture, which is why we believe it’s so important that more people see their lives reflected in storytelling”, said Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “Our research has shown that inclusion behind the camera leads to greater inclusion on screen. We’re encouraged that last year, 20% of the directors of Netflix original films were women and we are excited to celebrate these female creators on International Women’s Day. There’s still more to do to reach equality, but by recognizing female talent from around the world, we hope more women will feel encouraged to tell their stories, pushing that number even higher.”
International Women’s Month is celebrated in March by the US, UK and Australia, and by Canada in October.
You can find the curated collection at Netflix.com/BecauseSheWatched – or by searching “Because She Watched” in your Netflix search bar.
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