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Apple Original Film ‘Girls State’ Empowers Teenage Leaders in Democracy’s Crucible

by Diana Wilson
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The latest Apple Original Film, “Girls State,” filmed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, provides a compelling look at the political scene through the perspective of 500 teenage girls from Missouri. The film is produced by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim’s Concordia Studio and Mile End Films and transports audiences on a week-long journey where democracy takes center stage.

“Girls State” premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in January and has since enthralled audiences at the True/False Film Festival. It will also be screened at the forthcoming Doc10 and Full Frame festivals. The film, which will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 5, 2024, promises to be a captivating investigation of democracy, gender equality, and the power of young engagement.

In “Girls State,” the setting is a country in the grip of a democratic crisis, with civil discourse and electoral politics on the verge of collapse due to tremendous political division. Against this backdrop, 500 young women band together to form a government from scratch, run for office, and establish a Supreme Court to debate the most serious issues of the day.

The film’s subjects—Emily Worthmore, Maddie Rowan, Tochi Ihekona, Faith Glasgow, Cecilia Bartin, Nisha Murali, and Brooke Taylor—are beacons of optimism in an uncertain time. As racial and gender equality becomes increasingly important, these young women must navigate the difficulties of political empowerment.

“Girls State” takes a decidedly female perspective, overflowing with adolescent insecurity, caustic sarcasm, and a desire for genuine companionship. Throughout their journey, the young leaders featured in the film strive not only for political triumph but also for hearts and minds, transcending the constraints of elections to establish genuine connections and effect constructive change.


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