Wow. Every episode of this anthology taps into something that I as a woman, as a woman of color, and as a mother and daughter, have felt and struggled with. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who will relate to this series. There's quite a lot of pain in these stories, but each is so briliantly told. I'm not going to share details, not just to avoid any spoilers, but also because I think it's worth watching this not knowing what you're getting into.
ROAR is based on the fiercely feminist book of short stories by Cecilia Ahern.
One thing I wondered as I watched this was...how men feel when they watch this. Do they feel empathy? Or do they watch this and think these are merely dramatizations of women's emotions?
Kudos to the incredible women behind this project:
Creators/Showrunners: Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch
Writers: Cecilia Ahern, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Halley Feiffer, Janine Nabers, Vera Santamaria
Directors: So Yong Kim, Anya Adams, Liz Flahive, Kim Gehrig, Rashida Jones, Channing Godfrey Peoples, Quyen Tran (also cinematographer)
Composer: Isobel Waller-Bridge
Producers and Executive Producers: Cecilia Ahern, Liz Flahive, Ashley Glazier, Allie Goss, Nicole Kidman, Carly Mensch, Bruna Papandria, Theresa Park, Jodi Matterson
(*note: since I wanted to highlight the women behind this project, I've left off the male producers' names. Also, hopefully IMDB is accurate!).
Not to mention the star-studded cast of badass women.
There are of course many other talented women and men behind this project.
Have you watched it? Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below :)