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SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY

TINY SHOULDERS: RETHINKING BARBIE

Directed by Andrea Nevins
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 91 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE TINY SHOULDERS: RETHINKING BARBIE
Since her debut nearly 60 years ago, Barbie has been, at turns, a fashion idol and a cultural lightning rod, in constant conversation and conflict with the ideals and aspirations of women and girls in every era. Tiny Shoulders explores the untold history of the Barbie figure to explore beauty, stereotypes, and women’s progress, all reflected back by an 11.5-inch doll. At the same time, the film goes behind the scenes at Mattel, where Barbie undergoes a new transformation in order to better reflect today’s more diverse perspectives on body image and beauty ideals. Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein, Mattel insiders, and cultural historians, Tribeca alum Andrea Nevins’s engaging and enlightening documentary brings the iconic doll into new focus, positioning her as the ever-evolving mirror of feminism in America.

—Cara Cusumano
Documentary, Female Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Andrea Nevins is an Academy Award®-nominated, Emmy®-winning director, whose interest in lives in transition inspired her previous documentaries Still Kicking, The Other F Word, and Play It Forward, which premiered at Tribeca in 2015. Her work has been featured on HBO, Netflix and, soon, Hulu.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Documentary
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    91 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Andrea Nevins
  • Producer:
    Cristan Crocker, Andrea Nevins
  • Screenwriter:
    Andrea Nevins
  • Cinematographer:
    Geoffrey Franklin
  • Editor:
    Azin Samari
  • Composer:
    Craig Richey
  • Associate Producer:
    Dave Diliberto
  • US Distributor:
    HULU
  • Archival Producer:
    Veronica Brady
  • Additional Editing:
    Graham Clark
  • Cast:
    Kim Culmone, Michelle Chidoni, Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein

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