‘Wonder Women’ to be topic
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” will be shown as part of Community Cinema at 6:30 tonight at the William F. Laman Library auditorium, located at 2801 Orange St. in North Little Rock. Admission is free.
The show traces the evolution and legacy of the Wonder Woman character. From the creation of the comic book heroine in the 1940s to today’s blockbusters, the documentary explores how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film goes behind the scenes with television stars Lynda Carter of “Wonder Woman” and Lindsay Wagner of “The Bionic Woman” in addition to interviewing comic writers and artists and real-life superheroines, including Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna, who offer a counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
Exploring how a highly visual culture places greater emphasis on girls’ and women’s appearance rather than on their contributions, the show urges women to claim the action genre and media in general as their own in order to change how their gender is represented. Tying the film together is the ground-breaking figure of Wonder Woman, the unlikely brainchild of a Harvard-trained pop psychologist named William Moulton Marston.
A community discussion will follow the screening. For more information call 1-800-662-2386 or visit aetn.org/communitycinema.