MacKenzie, Midge (1938–2004)

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MacKenzie, Midge (1938–2004)

English filmmaker and feminist. Born Margaret Rose Mackenzie, Mar 6, 1938, in London, England; died Jan 28, 2004; briefly married to Peter Jepson-Henry (antiques dealer); lived with Frank Cvitanovich (Canadian director), 1967–76; children: (with Cvitanovich) Alexander (died 1978).

Documentary filmmaker who chronicled and championed feminism, was best known for her highly successful documentary Shoulder to Shoulder shown on BBC2 (1975); filmed a Boston women's collective, which included Betty Friedan and Kate Millett, for Women Talking; made a documentary for Amnesty about abuses against women; taught film history at Harvard (1980); other documentaries include I Stand Here Ironing (1980), based on the stories of Tillie Olsen, and Prisoners of Childhood (1991), inspired by the books of Alice Miller.