DocNight: America The Beautiful
USA, 2008, 105 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Social Issues, Womens Issues
Director Darryl Roberts In-Person!
35mm presentation - Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a two year journey to examine America’s new obsession; physical perfection. In America the Beautiful, we learn secrets, confessions, and strikingly harsh realities as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation’s quest for physical perfection. Too much television and easy access to plastic surgery are conventional answers, but they do not fully explain this national psychosis. These same images are found all over Europe and Canada, yet their citizens do not have this same obsession. Looking at models on glossy pages of supermarket magazines, Americans have found themselves wishing they looked more like ‘that’. The hope of achieving these 'ideals' has consumers purchasing cosmetics, toiletries, fashion and plastic surgeries at increasingly dramatic rates. Has the ‘American Dream’ changed so much that it can only be achieved once we can perfectly emulate the super thin and sexy images of Britney Spears or other pop icons? In America the Beautiful we see how these increasingly unattainable images contribute greatly to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry's largest consumers.
DIRECTOR: Darryl Roberts
US Distributor: Sensory Overload Releasing
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