Movies

The Fits

(2015, Directed by Anna Rose Holmer)
The Fits

Described by some as an inspiration for Beyonce's Lemonade, Anna Rose Holmer's quiet, pulsating debut cuts a tense psychological portrait of contemporary girlhood. Toni is trained to be a fighter—literally—but her longing to fit in with a seductively athletic all-girl drill team leaves her fighting on uncertain ground: a mysterious illness known as "the fits," based on actual case histories among adolescent girls, surreally dramatizes the tension between "fitness" and "formation" in these intensely formative years.

Free and open to the public.


Part of the 2016–2017 film series at the Schlesinger Library.

Famously, one is "not born a woman, but made." But what is she before?

This year-long film series will explore the power, precarity, and politics of "girlhood" through popular mythologies of "the girl" in narrative arts and visual culture.

Each evening's feature presentation will feature a brief introductory program of opening remarks, film shorts, and/or selected readings.

Curated by Katie B. Kohn, a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in film and visual studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.