Seal of Female Empowerment in Entertainment

“SHIRLEY” to receive the Seal of Female Empowerment in Entertainment (SOFEE)

Political trailblazer Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress and made the audacious move to run for President in 1972. This inspiring and empowering film sheds light on the barriers she broke throughout her political career, as well as the sustained strength and grace she displayed through trial and triumph. Academy Award-winning actress Regina King stars as the iconic congresswoman and also serves as the film’s producer.

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“Shayda” to receive the Seal of Female Empowerment in Entertainment (SOFEE)

Executive produced by Cate Blanchett, “Shayda” follows an Iranian mother who escapes an abusive marriage and starts a new life with her 6-year-old daughter in an Australian women’s shelter. In her feature directing debut, Noora Niasari taps into her own childhood experiences to create a true to life depiction of the struggles that come with trying to break free from domestic violence. Infusing the film with 1990s Persian culture, Niasari also shines a light on the immigrant experience, providing an understanding of what it’s like to depend on a foreign land because it’s not safe to go home.

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The SOFEE Seal recognizes outstanding new films and television series that illuminate the female experience and perspective through authentically told female-driven stories. 

A numerical formula that is used to determine if new titles, nominated by the CCA Women’s Committee members, are eligible for a SOFEE. Qualifying projects must have a prominent female character arc, give female characters at least equal screen time to male characters, have female leaders behind the scenes, and pass elements highlighted in the Bechdel test. 

To be considered, new film and television releases must possess an artistic and storytelling value and exceptionality, and score at least 7 out of a possible 10 points in the SOFEE rubric, which can be found below: