The anticipated documentary Still Working 9 to 5, about whether gender dynamics in the workforce have evolved 40 years since the release of the classic comedy 9 to 5 which starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman, will make its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

Still Working 9 to 5, which was directed by Australian documentarian Camille Hardman, features interviews from the film’s original cast about why the cult classic was so impactful. The film starred a majority-female cast at a time when that was much less heard of and used comedy to examine the topic of sexism in the workforce in a way that was controversial to some.

Along with the original film’s cast, other actresses that performed for the stage and television incarnations of 9 to 5 gave their perspective, including Rita Moreno and Allison Janney. There will also be interviews with activists who have been involved with the women’s rights movements both then and now.

According to producers, they will also release a new version of the original film’s iconic theme song, which will be a duet between Parton and Kelly Clarkson.


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South by Southwest is a yearly conference in Austin, Texas that features a highly-regarded film festival, a huge music festival, and a growing number of conferences focusing on such industries as tech, education and gaming.

They also released a teaser trailer for the doc, which you can view below:

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