Anything You Want To Be was one of the earliest and most popular films of the Women's Movement. Made in 1971, this groundbreaking film about a teenager's humorous collision with gender role stereotypes was one of the first to explore the external pressures and the more subtle, internal pressures a girl faces in finding her identity.
In a series of comical vignettes, a bright high school girl finds that, despite her parents' assurance that she can be "anything she wants to be," she is repeatedly foiled by social expectations and media stereotypes.
As a part of the growing women’s movement, this film helped give voice to a generation of women whose expectations, opportunities and career choices were extremely limited.
Anything You Want To Be is a founding film of New Day Films. It was restored with a grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund and was recently honored with screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Barbican Centre in London and at the Tribeca Film Festival.
…a groundbreaking work of the Women’s Movement
...a biting satire of the pressures of family, peers and society that force women to compromise their individuality and intellectual goals to assume a constantly changing identity of femininity.
A timeless classic: fascinating in the present and wonderful for historical perspective. A great discussion starter about what has changed for women...and what hasn't.
…successfully captures the humor, pain, hysteria, and pathos of being a teenage girl. The tone is humorous. We laugh. But we know that just below the surface the tears are welling up. Just the right image to convey the message eloquently, artfully, and politically.
…Delightful and imaginative... greatly entertaining while highly thought-provoking.