Rachel’s Recommendation: Tina The Documentary on HBO
“You asked me if I ever stood up for anything. Yeah, I stood up for my life.”
– Tina Turner, Vanity Fair 1993
TINA recounts an unparalleled journey of a woman’s fight to achieve her independence and realize her art. Tina Turner’s struggle to remove herself from an abusive relationship with the very man who helped first showcase her talents is almost too hard to comprehend. Her rise to solo stardom in spite of such hardship is awe-inspiring. But more importantly, her dignity and grace might offer a beacon of hope for women who have faced similar hardship, especially at a time when the data shows that COVID-19 has only exacerbated incidents of domestic violence.
I’ll leave you with a few more of Tina’s own words: “I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you. Something just motivates you to keep moving.” This film is the culmination of Tina’s resilience and will to “keep going.” It’s also a fabulous reminder of all the hits, glamor, and sold-out stadiums.