Represent is a co-production of Backbone Films, Kartemquin Films, and ITVS.

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About the Film

In the heart of the American Midwest, three women take on entrenched political systems in their fight to reshape local politics on their own terms.

Represent is equal parts personal and political, and interweaves the stories of women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. Myya (22) attempts to spark a youth movement and unseat the incumbent mayor of Detroit, MI; Bryn (33), a farmer and working mother in Granville, OH, runs for township trustee, but, in doing so, is placed in opposition with the only other woman in office; and Julie (47) walks a tightrope between her identities as a Korean immigrant, woman of color, and Republican candidate for State Representative in a liberal Chicago, IL suburb. Through portraying the nuances of local politics, Represent elevates both the systemic failings and unsung heroes at the heart of our “smallest” elections.

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critical acclaim for represent

"Insightful"       "Revealing"       "Nuance rarely seen in movies about politics"       "Intimate"

Read more about what the critics are saying about Represent:

The New York Times: "Represent Review: Running for Office and Seeking More than Votes"


The Guardian: "Represent: Inside the Timely Film About the Tough Road Women in Politics Face"


The Chicago Tribune: "‘Represent’ review: The Art of the Possible, Painted by Three Aspiring Midwest Politicians"


The Daily Kos: "A New Documentary Gives a Raw Look at Three Women Running for Local Office"


The San Francisco Chronicle: "‘Represent,’ a documentary about female political candidates, comes out at just the right time"


Roger "Represent 3-star Review"


Women and Hollywood: "Pick of the Day: Represent"

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