Directed by Carol Tizzano • Documentary • 2002 • 40 minutes
We are barraged by media images that unrealistically glamorize and sexualize women and girls. This lively and engaging film explores the impact these messages have on young women's physical, psychological and emotional health. Through the voices of a racially and culturally diverse group of women and girls, PicturePerfect examines the interplay of race and ethnicity, body image, dieting and eating disorders, and the early influence of toys and cartoons. It offers tools to begin dissecting and questioning the media that influence our behaviors, attitudes, and values.
The contrasts between how these women see themselves and the highly idealized imagery that dominates TV and print advertising are particularly stark. Yet their comments also reveal the conflicting responses we have to the media and consumer culture how we participate in and resist it at the same time. Suitable for a wide range of ages and audiences, PicturePerfect is an outstanding discussion starter, and will be an invaluable educational tool for families, as well as for schools, universities, social service agencies, scouting and other youth groups, religious organizations, and others.
Producer Carol Tizzano is available to speak at screenings of PicturePerfect, and offers consultation and presentations on a wide range of media topics for adults and young people. Contact her through PicturePerfect Productions.
"One of the best videos I've seen on how girls and women are represented and influenced by popular media. It's like listening in on what these very real but especially insightful girls and women have to say about our current culture and values." - Tamar Sobel, Girls, Women + Media Project