Netflix and UN Women yesterday launched their collaborative project “Because She Watched,” which sees 55 groundbreaking women in the industry curate a collection of series, films and documentaries. This has been created in order to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Below is the press release from Netflix as it was written, in regards to this new exciting project:
“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.
Created for International Women’s Day, whose official theme this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” the collection celebrates the stories that have inspired the women who inspire us. These series, films and documentaries – “Unbelievable,” “Luna Nera” and “Followers” to “Orange Is the New Black,” “Lionheart” and “Sex Education” – have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world.
“Having a world where everyone is truly represented is about true democracy. And truly seeing ourselves allows us to envision endless possibilities for ourselves and each other”, said actress Laverne Cox. “”Orange Is the New Black” is the first project where I felt genuinely empowered as a woman thanks to the woman at the helm of the show, Jenji Kohan, and the many women directors, writers, producers, and crew members as well as the stories that centered diverse women in an unprecedented way. This show created a space and platform for me as a black openly trans woman that created space for other openly trans women of all races to be truly seen in the depth of our humanity”.
The collection is available at Netflix.com/BecauseSheWatched – or by searching “Because She Watched” on Netflix. Every title in the collection will be labeled “XXXX’s Women’s Day Pick” so members can easily see who picked which story. In addition, members will be able to choose from a selection of “Because She Watched” profile icons to celebrate their favorite female characters from the collection.”
The participating women in this project makes for an exciting list, with a wide range of diversity and experience throughout. High profile names that curated the collection include Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Christian Serratos (“The Good Lab”), Laverne Cox (“A Call to Courage”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Salma Hayek (“Unbelievable”) and Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”).
Below is a trailer by Netflix advertising the “Because She Watched” collection, narrated by Lana Condor. It is available to checkout now at Netflix.com/BecauseSheWatched.