GRL PWR Documentaries

by Emma Robson

Documentary production is not the most lucrative field. In fact, most documentary filmmakers cannot make a living off of their passion and have to pursue other careers while they make movies on the side. Clearly, the people who make these movies don’t do it for the money. They do it to celebrate truth. So check out these documentaries and celebrate the truth about amazing women. Let them empower you as you empower them. I dare you.

If you love music:

Gaga: Five Foot Two: Lady Gaga can pull off a dress made of meat, blow everyone away with her voice, and serve as a role model for an entire generation of misfits. Name a more iconic woman. I’ll wait.

Where to find it: Netflix


Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated: This documentary went viral immediately after its release. Its raw depiction of Demi’s drug problem, eating disorder, and amazing recovery makes it an extremely empowering must-watch.

Where to find it: YouTube


If you love art and design:

Iris: I’ll be happy if I’m even half as cool as Iris when I’m 93. This amazing lady continues to impact the fashion industry despite her age.

Where to find it: Netflix


Abstract: S1 episode 3: “Es Devlin: Stage Design:” Dive into the life of Es Devlin, the inspiring #girlboss behind the stage design for Beyoncé, Kanye West, and so many others. The woman is just as interesting as the art she creates. Warning: watching will definitely give you concert FOMO.

Where to find it: Netflix


Everything is Copy: Directed by her son, this HBO feature tells the story of late filmmaker Nora Ephron (the genius behind Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally) and her unique way of looking at life as comedy.

Where to find it: HBO


If you love history and politics:

The Keepers: This documentary series tells the story of some remarkable brave nuns that came clean about sexual assault in the church. The ultimate #MeToo moment.

Where to find it: Netflix


He Named Me Malala: If Malala doesn’t make you want to do big things, I don’t know what will.

Where to find it: Hulu

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City: This lady basically saved New York City, and nobody even knows about it. (Read: I didn’t know about it.)

Where to find it: Hulu


Gloria: In Her Own Words: Director Peter Kunhardt lets feminist icon Gloria Steinem speak for herself in this one, and it is nothing short of incredible.

Where to find it: HBO

Emma Robson