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Arts Because She Watched: Fatimah Abu Bakar’s Netflix Picks For International Women’s Day

Because She Watched: Fatimah Abu Bakar’s Netflix Picks For International Women’s Day

Because She Watched: Fatimah Abu Bakar’s Netflix Picks For International Women’s Day
By Brian Cheong
By Brian Cheong
March 12, 2020
Based on feedback from more than 50 women around the world, Netflix has put together a collection of shows under the banner ‘Because She Watched’, an initiative with UN Women in celebration of International Women’s Day this month

Salma Hayek picked Unbelievable, a crime drama about a serial rapist, because “it’s a meaningful piece of work about the importance of women being heard.”

Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown chose the Taylor Swift documentary Miss Americana because “it follows a true story of a woman trying to navigate a difficult industry” while star of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Lana Condor went for Grace & Frankie for “championing the idea that women can be vibrant, active entrepreneurs at any age. And it celebrates the importance of female relationships.”

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These shows are part of the streaming service’s ‘Because She Watched’ collection that tells women’s stories and shows women in all their diversity. In Malaysia, Netflix has approached writer, actress and journalist Fatimah Abu Bakar and these are her choices:


“The docuseries lets us peep into the mysterious world of these complex little human beings. I’ve always wondered what goes on in her mind when a baby smiles or stares into the space. It helps to explain some of the mysteries of what babies are all about and just how wonderful they are.

It also shows how both parents are immensely involved in the process of raising and caring for them, and drives home the message that fatherhood is just as deep as motherhood.”

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Amybeth McNulty as Anne
Amybeth McNulty as Anne

Anne With An ‘E’

“I thought this was going to be another children’s series but it turns out to be more than that. Anne has been told all her life that she’s not beautiful, that she’s gawky and gangly. Despite that, she has such a positive spirit and becomes an inspiration to her adoptive siblings. She refuses to be defeated. And the character is so beautifully crafted.”

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Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

Geraldine Beh, general manager

“My pick is Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown as it depicts the life of one of the most respected women in the world. Her Majesty’s sense of duty to her country and her family is second to none, and I like that the softer side of her is also portrayed in the series. She is definitely a rare breed.”

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Gina Torres portrays Jessica Pearson (far left)
Gina Torres portrays Jessica Pearson (far left)

Elizabeth Soong, print editor

“Jessica Pearson in Suits ticks all the right boxes as a strong female leader – she inspires loyalty, she’s an outstanding lawyer, she invests in talent and mentors her employees, and is always one step ahead. And she does it all that with incredible style.”

Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker
Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker

Brian Cheong, digital editor

“I can’t wait to watch Self Made starring one of my favourite actresses, Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker, one of the first African-American female millionaires. Her story is one of remarkable strength, resilience and smarts, working her way up from washing laundry to becoming a hugely successful entrepreneur in the US in the early 20th century.”

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Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

Lily Ong, features editor

“She may have questionable morals and ethics but you can't deny that Claire Underwood in House of Cards possesses admirable qualities. She’s clever, headstrong and tenacious when it comes to achieving her goals.”

Duaa Karim as Aqsa and Guz Khan as Mobeen
Duaa Karim as Aqsa and Guz Khan as Mobeen

Aaron Pereira, sub editor

“Aqsa from Man Like Mobeen is the title character’s teenage sister who always helps Mobeen and his friends overcome difficult situations and provides them guidance. Proving that behind every (not so) great man, there’s an ever greater woman.”

Samantha Lim, Tatler Dining project editor

“Set in Brooklyn, Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz and Gina Linetti  in Brooklyn Nine-Nine aren’t the kind of girlfriends who braid one another’s hair or indulge in boy talk. Instead, they treat each other the same way they would their male colleagues—often resulting in all kinds of shenanigans. And they have each other’s back, a must in a line of duty that often involves life or death situations.”

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