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The Feminist Initiative
A film by Liv Weisberg
Sweden, 2009, 97 minutes, Color, DVD, Swedish, English subtitles
Order No. W0961
The Feminist Initiative reveals the passion, pitfalls and promise of a diverse group of women working to establish the world’s first feminist political party in Sweden in the spring of 2005. Even in one of the most gender-equal societies in the world, the advancement of women’s agenda within the patriarchal establishment requires a revolution. Beginning from the innovative and inclusive decision to elect three party leaders rather than one, the film charts every trail-blazing step (and misstep) of the Feminist Initiative (F!) from their energetic start to the climactic moments of their inspiring, celebrity-supported rally.

In the face of internal discord, public backlash, and a worrisome lack of funds, the Feminist Initiative forges a new path towards parliament, raising critical questions along the way about what women really want from their government and about gender differences in leadership. This is an invaluable story about the struggle to have women’s voices heard in a patriarchal, modern society, and an amazing behind-the-scenes film about what women do with power, and what power can do to women.


  • Female Eye Film Festival
  • Cinema Arts Centre, NY

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    “Three and a half Stars. This inside look at the growing pains of a new political movement is dramatic and compelling… highly recommended.”
    Video Librarian

    “This is very historic! When we are talking about The Feminist Initiative we are talking about changing the patriarchy to democracy. That´s what feminism represents, when all people have their full human rights recognized.”
    Jane Fonda
    Actress and Activist

    “An excellent film for Women’s Studies and Political Science, especially students of social movements and third parties… Captures the essence of the movement towards real democracy. I highly recommend this film and I will be rooting for F! in the future!”
    JoAnne Myers
    Political Science & Women’s Studies, Marist College

    “An inspiring, educational journey…. Despite the odds against electoral success and hostility they encounter, these women remain positive and determined—feminists who dream that ‘if you build it, they will come’...eventually.”
    Ruth B. Mandel
    Dir., Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

    “Compelling story of the need for ongoing feminist activism…. Reveals not only their achievements, but also the magnitude of opposition to gender equity and the power of media to perpetuate the status quo.”
    Susan Wefald
    Executive Vice President & COO, Ms. Foundation for Women

    "I recommend the film for classroom use—in women’s studies, international studies, political science, and sociology - but individual viewers also will find the film instructive and inspiring."
    Films for the Feminist Classroom

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