ruth_tiffGenerations of people are obsessed with Barbie, the world’s most popular toy. Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from San Francisco’s gay pride parade to Croatia’s bunkers, Barbie Nation plumbs the phenomenon of the Barbie doll. Barbie fans, foes, fetishists—and the woman who created Barbie—reveal the history and fantasy behind this 20th century icon.


  • Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network.


San Francisco International Film Festival; London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; SXSW Film Festival; Singapore International Film Festival; New Zealand Film Festival; Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Milan-Bologna Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Aired on PBS and in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden and Austria. Collected by more than 1,500 universities and libraries.

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