FEMINIST FRIDAY: Kim Kardashian West Tackles Mass Incarceration In New Documentary

Image from ‘Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project’ trailer, premiering on Oxygen, April 5.

Welcome to another edition of Feminist Friday! That time of the week where we share three of our fave feminist videos, and this week we are fangirling over some content and documentaries that shed light on important global issues that affect women.

First up is Kim Kardashian West’s forthcoming documentary ‘The Justice Project’, which will premiere on the Oxygen network April 5. While she is known for her reality TV series, her fashion line and being a celebrity influencer, KKW has also been using her massive platform to shed light on a very important issue across America right now – mass incarceration.

Many of us will be familiar with the story of how she helped secure clemency for a formerly incarcerated women named Alice Marie Johnson after learning about her story. Because of her celebrity status, KKW helped take her plight all the way to the White House and persuaded Trump to do the right thing. Mic.com documented the story, which clearly did not end with just that one case.

In this trailer, the fashion and beauty mogul talks about how she learned about America’s mass incarceration problem, and why she wanted to raise awareness about this issue. The United States is home to the world’s largest prison population, which disproportionately incarcerates black and brown men and women. In recent years, data has shown how the rates of incarcerated women are rising faster than men. Our criminal (lack of) justice system intersects with racism, reproductive rights, socio-economic issues and more.

Regardless of your thoughts toward the media star, using her voice and platform to raise awareness is a very important and positive thing. Watch KKW’s trailer below to get a snippet of what she explores, and be sure to check out the full documentary April 5.

The second video this week comes from online comedy video platform WhoHaHa, created by Elizabeth Banks, titled ‘In The Kitchen’. The series was released in 2018 but the content and topics they talk about are just as relevant today. As described on the website, “Half parodied cooking show, half PSA, In the Kitchen is comprised of short informational videos on the state of reproductive healthcare in America, hosted by a cheerful and familiar hostess preparing or attempting to prepare a recipe. In the Kitchen was created by Chloe Sanders and directed by Cynthia Kao.”

The first episode, “Bake and Switch” is hosted by actress Mae Whitman and talks about the way fake clinics, also known as “crisis pregnancy centers” often use deceptive tactics to lure in vulnerable patients and try to dissuade them from making their own decisions about their pregnancy. Watch the full series by clicking here, and check out episode 1 below:

The final video this week is the trailer to a powerful documentary called ‘Woman’, from directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anastasia Mikova.

“Woman is a worldwide project giving a voice to 2,000 women across 50 different countries. Despite its very large scale, the film offers an intimate portrait of those who constitute half of humanity. It is an opportunity to shed light on the injustices women are subjected to all over the world, but what Woman would like to underline most is the inner strength of women and their capacity to change the world despite all the difficulties they are facing. Through the film you will discover the voices of women as you have never heard them before,” says the description of the film.

The film is also a non-profit movie backed by a number of NGOs from around the world. You can learn more about the making of the film and the women featured by checking out the website. The film is set to be released on March 4, 2020, but keep an eye on updates via the site for more info.

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