At a time when the women’s movement seems to be at the center of great  debate, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry provides a necessary and provocative look at the birth of women’s lib between 1966-1971.

Directed by award-winning documentary producers Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy, the film re-introduces the feminist movement and recounts the stories of the women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a worldwide revolution.

“The bitter lesson is that no victories are permanent. We’re not allowed to retire from feminism.”

Through a series of dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical groups of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like writer Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell!).

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry does not try to romanticize or shy away from the controversies that arose in the early movement regarding race, sexual preference and leadership. It really captures the spirit of the time — thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious,” the filmmakers have said about the documentary.”It is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights.”

To learn more about the women featured in the film, here are some of their stories. To find or host a screening, click here.

Lead image: Diana Davies