"I set out to make a movie that clearly and objectively depicts the fascinating and conflicting relationship women have with their guns. It's a subject that's kept me riveted in recent years and I'm honored and grateful to have my work validated." Catherine Czubek
A Girl and a Gun is a riveting documentary that shows the female perspective on an object whose history is deeply bound to men and masculinity. The classic Hollywood portrayals of pistol packin' mamas, tomboy sharp shooters, sexually-twisted femme fatales, and high-heeled, cold-blooded assassins are caricatures.
In truth, the typical woman who hangs out at rifle ranges and keeps ammo in her purse is the girl-next-door, the single mom, a hard working sister or aunt. Maybe she is a realist or has learned tough lessons from life; either way, she cares about her personal safety and may even find salvation, comfort or something satisfying in possessing a gun. In a word, she is empowered.
Breaking through the stereotype of hyper-sexualized gun-toting goddesses, A Girl and a Gun reveals America's diverse and far-ranging female gun community. It depicts how this community is portrayed by the media and targeted by the gun industry; and shows, through personal stories, how guns change women's lives.
Directed by Catherine Czubek, 2012, U.S.A., 76 mins.