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Synopsis

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 a 29-cm 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 famous feminists (Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay), Mattel insiders, and cultural historians, the engaging and enlightening documentary brings the iconic doll into new focus, positioning her as the ever-evolving mirror of feminism in America. 

Director
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
Filmography
  • The Other F Word (doc, 2011, Play It Forward (doc, 2015, Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (doc, 2018)
Wed, 21.11.2018
7:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 5
061306
Screening code: 061306
Sat, 24.11.2018
6:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 5
091307
Screening code: 091307
Sun, 02.12.2018
5:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
171507
Screening code: 171507
Film info
Country: United States
Year: 2018
Duration: 91 minutes
Language: English
Director: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
Producer: Cristan Crocker-Reilly
Writer: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
DOP: Geoffrey Franklin
Montage: Azin Samari
Composer: Craig Richey
Cast: Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein, Gloria Steinem
Production: Rare Bird Films
Festival: Tribeca
Synopsis

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 a 29-cm 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 famous feminists (Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay), Mattel insiders, and cultural historians, the engaging and enlightening documentary brings the iconic doll into new focus, positioning her as the ever-evolving mirror of feminism in America. 

Director
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
Filmography
  • The Other F Word (doc, 2011, Play It Forward (doc, 2015, Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (doc, 2018)