INFORMATION IN ENGLISH

A-RATE APPROVED BY THE BECHDEL TEST

A-rate is a classification for films that are Approved by The Bechdel test. For a film to be A-rate it must answer Yes to the following questions:

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. About something other than men?

WHY A-RATE?

From a democratic perspective, there is a considerable imbalance in whose perspectives and stories are being represented on the screen. Men have 70 % of the speaking characters compared to women's 30 % and the gap is growing. The A-rate is a classification meant to raise awareness regarding gender bias by highlighting movies with adequate female presence.

INITIATORS

A-rate was launched in 2013 by cinemas part of the National Association of People's Parks and Community Centers. It was a team effort together with the Swedish association of Women in Film and Television. The initiative was warmly welcomed and spread quickly. Cinemas, film festivals,
TV-channels and distributers in Sweden and around the world started using the classification only a few weeks after the launch and brought with it a renewed attention to female representation in film.

Alison Bechdel, the creator of The Bechdel test about A-rate:

"This is an amazing idea, and a great honor! I would absolutely endorse this remarkable scheme. Thank you so much for contacting me, and for being so innovative in your programming approach! Sincerely, Alison"

THE BECHDEL TEST

The Bechdel Test was introduced by cartoonist Alison Bechdel through her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" in 1985. For a movie to be approved by the Bechdel Test, it must contain a scene in which two or more named female characters have a conversation about anything at all besides men.

Disclaimer: It is important to point out that even if a film is approved by the Bechdel Test and is A-rated, it doesn't give any indication in regards to the quality of the film, if it is sexist or feminist, good or bad, but is rather a tool that gives attention to female representation.

HOW TO A-RATE

Cinemas, journalists, distributors – anyone can classify a film as A-rate and it is easy; For a film to be A-rate it must answer Yes to the following questions:

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. About something other than men?

If a film is qualified as A-rate you can show it and share it using the A-rate logo available for free download [here].

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