THE HIDDEN HALF OF GEEK CULTURE
A film by Gina Hara
"A celebration of girl gamers, girlhood, and geekdom."
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"Geek Girls considers the empowerment of self-identifying as a geek in order to look closely at the simultaneous costs and dangers of that label."
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Gina Hara's new documentary
explores the hidden half of nerd culture and challenges the misconceptions of girls in gaming. Struggling with her own geek identity, Hara explores the issue with a cast of women who live geek life up to the hilt: A feminist geek blogger, a convention-trotting cosplayer, a professional gamer, a video-game designer, and a NASA engineer. They open up about their lives in the world of conventions, video games, and other rife-with-misogyny pop culture touchstones. Through their personal experiences in the rich cultural explosion of nerdom,
shows both the exhilaration of newfound community and the pain of being ostracized. These women, striving in their respective professions and passions, face the cyberbullying, harassment, and sexism that permeate the culture and the industry at large. A rich conversation-starter for any class on Pop Culture and Feminism.