Beauty Bites Beast flips ideas about female helplessness as women undertake the transformative experience of learning verbal, emotional and physical empowerment-based self-defense. “He had a knife; I had my hands. My hands won.” How often can you say with certainty that a movie saves lives? This one already has.
Beauty Bites Beast takes place in global locations: a factory in Mexico, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, a Nairobi slum and martial arts studio in Jerusalem as women -- from students to “grannies” -- launch into one of the most life-changing experiences of their lives: learning self-defense that uses what ALL human beings already have: their brains, voices and bodies. You will hear from experts in law enforcement, social work, education, law and more as they address the resistance and cultural opposition to women's self-defense, as well as those who advocate that verbal and physical self-defense for women should be as universally accepted and available as swimming lessons.
We offer an 84-minute version of the film with the options for an intro as well as a Q&A upon finishing.
“Female elephants, lions... all are just as fierce in self-defense as males. Only our species is taught to be ‘feminine’ and defenseless. Beauty Bites Beast shows how women around the world are taking back our strengths and lives." - Gloria Steinem
"I believe that I saved my own life after I saw BBB. I took away information that saved me from an assault by two men in a pickup stalking me. Before I saw BBB, I would have frozen. After BBB, I took evasive action." - Gina O. Audience test member for Women’s City Club of Pasadena
"I am not the same person after seeing BBB. I am more and better!" - Laura L., Fifty-Fifty Leadership
Ellen Snortland is a lawyer, teacher, media and first time author book coach. She is a regular opinion columnist for the Pasadena Weekly and a Huffington Post blogger. Ellen has been a speaker, journalist and delegate for major United Nations World Conferences: the Women’s Conference in Beijing and Conference Against Racism in South Africa, and the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. An instructor and on the board of the 501c3 IMPACT Personal Safety of Los Angeles, Snortland is the author of Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls, a how-come book about women’s personal safety featured on Dateline NBC. She is the director, writer and producer of the documentary film version of Beauty Bites Beast, based on her book of the same name. Ellen is also the co-author of The Safety Godmothers, along with fellow self-defense expert Lisa Gaeta. Ellen’s recent TEDxPasadena talk explores her mission to empower people through self-defense: http://tinyurl.com/tedx-ellen.
Snortland lives in Altadena, CA, with her husband, Ken Gruberman, and their 3 naughty dogs.