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The Same Difference - Gender Roles in the Black Lesbian Community
A compelling documentary about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians based on gender roles. Director Nneka Onuorah takes an in-depth look at the internalized hetero-normative gender roles that have become all too familiar within the African American lesbian and bisexual…
Private Violence - Domestic Violence Survivors
This Emmy -nominated documentary explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive…
Birthright: A War Story - The War on Women’s Reproductive Health
This is the real-life version of "The Handmaid's Tale." In America today, a radical movement has tightened its grip on state power, seeking to control whether and how women bear children. In this crusade, pregnant women are subject to state…
Surname Viet Given Name Nam - The Role of Vietnamese Women in Society
Vietnamese-born Trinh T. Minh-ha's profoundly personal documentary explores the role of Vietnamese women historically and in contemporary society. Using dance, printed texts, folk poetry and the words and experiences of Vietnamese women in Vietnam--from both North and South--and the United…
Mothers of Bedford - Women in Prison
Women are the fastest-growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentary gives human dimensions to these rarely reported statistics, taking us inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison north of…
Pink Saris - Female Political Activists in India
"A girl's life is cruel...A woman's life is very cruel," notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto's latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women. Sampat should know - like…
Men: A Love Story - A Portrait of Masculinity in America
After spending nearly a decade as a journalist documenting young women sold as slaves into the sex trade, award winning filmmaker Mimi Chakarova ( The Price of Sex ) sets out on a journey across the United States to explore…
The Grey Area - Feminism Behind Bars
An intimate look at women's issues in the criminal justice system and the unique experience of studying feminism behind bars. Through a series of captivating class discussions, headed by students from Grinnell College, a small group of female inmates at…
Ohero: Kon - Under the Husk - A Native American Rite of Passage
This documentary follows two Mohawk girls on their journey to become Mohawk women. Friends since childhood, Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are members of the traditional community of Akwesasne on the U.S./Canada border. Together, they undertake a four-year rite of passage for…
Naked Spaces - A Portrait of Rural West Africa
Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, NAKED SPACES explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). The nonlinear structure of NAKED SPACES challenges the…
God Sleeps in Rwanda - Women in the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide
Uncovering amazing stories of hope in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, Academy Award -Nominee GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA captures the spirit of five courageous women as they rebuild their lives, redefine women's roles in Rwandan society and bring hope…
Divorce Iranian Style - Inside an Iranian Divorce Court
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women's lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16-year-old trying to divorce her 38-year-old…
Invoking Justice - Reforming Laws Justifying Violence Against Women in Southern India
In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats--all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. Recognizing this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 established a…
History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige
Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri's family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. And…
Lip - Roles for Black Women in Film
It is Hollywood's favorite role for black women: the maid. Sassy or sweet, snickeringly attentive or flippantly dismissive, the performers who play them steal every scene they are in, and Tracy Moffatt's entertaining video collage reveals the narrow margin Hollywood…
Meeting of Two Queens - Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich Recast as Lovers
In this witty, luminous short film, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich star in the roles of their lives-- cast as lovers by Chilean video artist Cecilia Barriga. Queen Christina meets the Scarlet Empress; Anna Karenina and Blonde Venus transcend tragedy.…
Sisters in Law
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change their country. This fascinating, often hilarious doc…
Performing the Border
A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital equipment just across from El Paso, Texas. This imaginative, experimental work investigates the growing feminization of the global economy and…
Made in Thailand - Women Factory Workers in Thailand Struggling to Organize Unions
In Thailand, women make up 90 percent of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. This powerful, revealing documentary about women factory workers and their struggle to organize unions exposes the human cost behind…
Something Like a War
SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is a chilling examination of India's family planning program from the point of view of the women who are its primary targets. It traces the history of the family planning program and exposes the cynicism, corruption…