Rethinking Barbie: new documentary takes a fresh look at the icon

Caroline Frost, Andrea Nevins and Kim Culmore (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Some feminists might choke at the idea that the highly controversial Barbie doll was actually invented by an ardent feminist. This was one of many fascinating insights to emerge from an RTS event devoted to a new feature-length documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie.

The film examines the changing face of Barbie from a feminist – and occasionally anthropological – perspective since the doll’s debut in 1959.

Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie screening

Premiering in 2018 at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie is a 90-minute documentary film from Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Andrea Nevins (The Other F Word) for Hulu (USA). The documentary film sees Barbie’s transformation over the years from her humble origins to her controversial persona today, throughout which Barbie has become a fashion icon, a lightning rod and a target for feminists.