Miss Representation (2011)

March 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Miss Representation (2011)
85 min  –  Documentary
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Artrage will screen this important film. Due to limited seating, we will show the film on two dates; Thursday, February 28th and Friday, March 8th. Spread the word! Tell your friends! Bring a young woman in your life! This is a “MUST SEE” film that will be hosted by Dr. Makana Chock from Syracuse University. She will also facilitate a discussion after the film.


Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom interwove stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give us an inside look at the media and its message. The film explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lay in her youth, beauty and sexuality-and not in her capacity as a leader, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. The film accumulates startling facts and asks the question, “What can we do?” The film’s motto, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.

Miss Representation won Outstanding Documentary at the 2012 Gracie Allen Awards.

“Inspiring” –Entertainment Weekly

“Oprah stamp of approval could make Miss Representation the ‘Roger & Me’ of Media Reform.” –Bitch Magazine


Dr. Makana Chock joined the Newhouse faculty at Syracuse Universioty in Fall 2005. She teaches graduate courses in theory and methods and an undergraduate course in society and communication. Chock’s research interests are in media processes and effects and perceived realism. She is currently examining the ways that the structure and content of media messages about health and social risks, specifically safer-sex and anti-smoking PSAs, affect adults’ and adolescents’ attitudes and perceptions of the social norms relating to the message topics. She is also investigating the relationship between gender norms, attitudes about cosmetic surgery, and viewing reality television programs.

She has published in such journals as Media Psychology, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication. She also presents papers regularly and has won top paper awards at the annual conferences of the International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

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