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All Different, All Equal. (Life, Part 11)
Looks at progress in achieving greater equality for women -- five years after the Beijing Conference on Women where government delegations pledged themselves to tackle increasing violence against women. Examines gains in women's rights globally with visits to Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Fiji, New Zealand, Brazil and other nations focusing on crimes against women and achievements by women towards equality. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7771

Amy!
Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia. Mulvey and Wollen's experimental documentary combines newsreel footage of the aviator's arrival, dramatic recreations of events from her life and contemporary discussions by feminist groups on the subject of heroism in this most unconventional biopic. A film by Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen. 1980. 30 min. DVD 7905

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Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley, the greatest woman rifle shot the world has ever known thrilled audiences of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with her daring shooting feats. A champion in a man's sport, over time she became an American legend forever changing ideas about the abilities of women. Includes archival images and commentary by biographers and historians. 2006. 60 min. DVD 5616

Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn
Using film clips and narration, Annie Sprinkle presents a 25 year retrospective of her career as a pornographic film star. Features rare '70s hippie porn, early fetish films, feminist porn, art porn, transsexual docu-porn, classic XXX and more. Linda Williams, film scholar at UC Berkeley, shares her wisdom on a separate track. This film includes over 75 other XXX stars. Directed by Annie Sprinkle and Scarlot Harlot. 69 min. DVD 8742

[Beauvoir, Simone de] Simone de Beauvoir, une femme actuelle: 1908-1986 / Pourquoi je suis féministe?
A biography of the French existentialist philosopher, public intellectual, and social theorist, Simone de Beauvoir who wrote novels, essays, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. 2007 52 min. Pourquoi je suis féministe? Presents an in-depth interview with Simone de Beauvoir filmed in 1975. 1975, 50 min Special feature: émission "Premier plan" : une entrevue avec Simone de Beauvoir (1959, 40 min) In French with German subtitles. DVD X4895

[Campion, Jane] The Films of Jane Campion.
Peel concerns a family outing in Australia which results in an intrigue of awesome belligerence. Passionless Moments is a series of ten short, whimsical films portraying the inner world of ordinary people. A Girl's Own Story concerns girlhood, Beatlemania, and growing up in the sixties. c1995. 49 min. Video/C 3343

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A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth.
Celebrates the powerful stories behind quilt-making from three perspectives: records of history, symbols of family/community, and works of art. Features quilts from major American quilt shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and Houston. Produced, written and directed by Laurie A. Gorman. 2001. 77 min. DVD 5615

Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About PC.
University of Pennsylvania: racially insensitive language, Harvard University: gay rights, Stanford University: multicultural ideals, Pennsylvania State: sexual harassment, University of Washington: radical feminism. c1993. 86 min. Video/C 3328

Concerning Women.
In this film four women who made significant contributions to the education of the deaf are discussed: Alice Cogswell, Julia Brace, Eliza Boardman Clerc, and Sophia Fowler Gallaudet. c1993. 19 min. Video/C 3138

Crisis of Perfect Propriety.
Documents the history of women in America during three difficult decades; the carefree life in the 20's; the difficult Depression years; full employment during World War II; and the sudden loss of jobs when veterans returned home. 1976. 30 min. Video/C 72

Daughter Rite.
An experimental film that explores the relationships between mothers and their adult daughters. This classic illustrates the missing link between the 'direct cinema' documentaries and the later hybrids that acknowledged truth couldn't always be found in front of a camera lens. Scandalous in its day for bending the rules of representation to enlighten its audience. Written, directed & edited by Michelle Citron. 1979. 53 min. DVD 8456; vhs Video/C 3267

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Citron, Michelle. "Fleeing from Documentary: Autobiographical Film/Video and the "Ethics of Responsibility." In: Feminism and documentary / Diane Waldman and Janet Walker, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1999. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.F447 1999; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.F447 1999)
Williams, Linda and Rich, Ruby. "The Right of Re-Vision: Michelle Citron's Daughter Rite." In: Movies and methods : an anthology / edited by Bill Nichols. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1976 (Main Stack PN1994.M71 Library has: v.1-2 (1976-1985))

Dear Lisa: A Letter to My Sister.
A comprehensive and multicultural look at women's hopes and dreams and the realities of being female in the 1990's. A film by J Clements. Dist.: New Day Films. 45 min.Video/C 3116

Desire
Nearly a decade in the making, this refreshingly honest film documents the challenges and desires of a group of young women in New Orleans by letting them film their own stories. As this diverse group of young women -- two teenagers from the Desire housing projects, a single mother from the working-class suburb of Belle Chase across the river, and two girls from the most prestigious private high school in New Orleans -- make short films about their own desires, this provocative film records the intimate dramas of their changing lives. Produced and directed by Julie Gustafson. 2005 84 min. DVD 7976

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Evening the Odds: Is Title IX Working?
In 1972 Title IX was established, a civil rights act that prohibits gender discrimination at any school that receives federal funds. In this program, Elizabeth Brackett of WTTS in Chicago, goes to Indian University -- alma mater of Olympic diving medalists Lesley Bush and Cynthia Potter -- in an investigation of higher education's Title IX track record in the area of sports. Although Indiana University is working diligently to meet Title IX conditions by creating new athletics programs and spreading out scholarship dollars, only seven Division 1 schools have met the Title IX standards for gender equity. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 12 min. Video/C 6895

Female Misbehavior.
Dr. Paglia (c1992) -- Annie (c1989) -- Bondage (c1983/84) -- Max (c1992) -- Didn't do it for love (c1997, 81 min.) One feature length and four short films exploring the outer limits of female sexuality and behaviour. Dr. Pagilia features a confrontational interview with the author of 'Sexual Personae' Camille Paglia. Annie is an inside look at Annie Sprinkle, porn star, performance artist and sexual diva. Bondage centers on an S & M practitioner, Carol, and her use of pain as pleasure. Max is the story of a transexual's journey from female to male. The feature length film Didn't do it for love explores the fascinating life of Eva Norvind, the blond Norwegian bombshell who was Mexico's Marilyn Monroe in the 1960's and New York's leading dominatrix in the 1980s. Directed by Monika Treut. 160 min. DVD 6793

5 Girls
Follows five young teenage girls going to schools in Chicago. Looks at their family life, their behavior at home and school, and their friendships and other relationships. 2001. 113 min. Video/C 8411

The Flapper Story.
Offers a lively mixture of contemporary interviews and archival film footage in a thoughtful examination of the social phenomenon of the 'flapper,' the provacative 'New Woman'of America's Roaring '20s. Producer/director/screenwriter, Lauren Lazin. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1985. 29 min. Video/C 2973

Flappers: The Birth of the 20th-Century Woman
Using vibrant archival film clips and interviews with women who came of age during the Roaring 20s in Britain, this program chronicles the emergence of the modern woman in the aftermath of World War I. Higher education for women, the entry of women into politics and the professions, women's suffrage, new attitudes toward sexuality, and other topics are addressed within the historical context of the early 1900s. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 53 min. DVD X5870

Gender and Communication: Male-Female Differences in Language and Nonverbal Behavior
Explores male-female differences in communication and the impact that gender has on both verbal messages including speech, language, and vocabulary, as well as on nonverbal channels of communication such as touch, movement, and gesture. c2001. 42 min. DVD 8343; vhs Video/C 9099

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Girl Hood
Shanae was ten when she was gang-raped; she responded by drinking and drugging, and by age 12 had graduated to murder. Megan ran way from ten different foster homes before being arrested on assault charges. Both came to the Waxter Juvenile Facility in Maryland. Follow these two girls for three years, as they try to make a life for themselves both inside and outside of Baltimore's juvenile justice system. Originally produced in 2003. 82 min. DVD 5282

Girls Like Us.
This documentary explores female teenage experiences of sexuality and pregnancy. An ethnically diverse group of four working class girls strut, flirt and testify about their lives. Filmed in South Philadelphia over a period of four years and following its protaganists from age 14 to 18, it brings into sharp relief the conflicts of growing up female, exposing the impact of class, sexism and violence on the dreams and expectations of teenage girls. Producers/directors, Jane C. Wagner, Tina DiFeliciantonio. 1997. 60 min. DVD 5894; also vhs Video/C 5254

Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Documentary

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James, Caryn. "P.O.V.: Girls Like Us." (television program reviews) New York Times v146 (Tue, July 22, 1997):B2(N), C14(L), col 1, 11 col in.
Sikes, Gini. "The Dreams of Teen-age Girls and How They Fall Apart." (PBS to show documentary 'Girls Like Us,' which explores the impact of sex roles, class and violence) New York Times v146, sec2 (Sun, July 20, 1997):H24(N), H24(L), col 1, 24 col in.

Goddess Remembered.
Examines 35,000 years of "pre-history" and the goddess-worshipping religions. c1990. 55 min. Video/C 2863

Donaldson, E. Lisbeth. "Imaging women's spirituality." Comparative Education Review v40, n2 (May, 1996):194 (11 pages).

The Gods of our Fathers(Human Race; 3).
Film explores if human nature is unchanging and if there is anything natural or innate about male domination. The evolution of patriarchy as one effective way of organizing mass societies is examined from evidence found in ancient Egyptian villages along the Nile. It postulates that as the world changes, there will be a need to find alternatives to patriarchy. c1994. 52 min. Video/C 4385

Going on 13
Without flinching, this documentary chronicles four girls' coming of age and the precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman. As they grapple with issues of school, family, friends and identity, the film allows viewers to see what real girls face during this pivotal time in puberty, while providing a vehicle for discussing important developmental milestones. Written, produced & directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Dawn D. Valadez. Dist.: New Day Films. c2008. 73 min. DVD X1101

Growing Up Female.
A cross-section of America's women talk about their socialization. Producers, directors, writers and editors, Julia Reichert, James Klein. Dist.: New Day Films.1971. 50 min. DVD X7052; Video/C 2927

Growing Up With the Self Image of American Girls.
Interviews with American girls ages 8 to 16 about their developing perceptions of the "ideal" American woman and their own self-perceptions and personal goals. 1998. 12 min. Video/C 4406

Grrlyshow
A documentary about girl-zines and the small magazines (known as zines) created primarily by young women and girls, who share a strong feminist perspective. Explores the culture of zines and this new generation of young women who are taking control of a corner of the media pie by self-publishing their own magazines. Directed by Kara Herold. c2001. 18 min. Video/C MM1183

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Hearts and Hands.
Diaries, letters, photographs, and quilts are pieced together to tell a story of nineteenth century women from New England, the South, the Midwest, and the West. Dist.: New Day Films. c1987. 64 min. Video/C 1756

Cohen, Martha J. "Hearts and Hands: A Social History of Nineteenth-Century Women and Quilts." (movie reviews) Library Journal v114, n2 (Feb 1, 1989):92
Hewitt, Nancy A. "Hearts and Hands." (movie reviews)Journal of American History v76, n3 (Dec, 1989):1008 (2 pages).
Yocom, Margaret Rose. "Hearts and Hands." (audio-visual reviews) Journal of American Folklore v103, n407 (Jan-March, 1990):86 (4 pages).

I Was a Teenage Feminist: A Documentary About Redefining the F-word
Armed with a video camera and an irreverent sense of humor, Therese probes diverse sources including Gloria Steinem, rowdy frat boys, a Cosmo-reading opera singer and even her own mother, to find out whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power. Written and directed by Therese Shechter. 2004. 62 min. DVD 7910

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The Impossible Takes a Little Longer.
Presents the stories of four highly accomplished, seriously disabled women whose sense of optimism, determination, self-acceptance, and self-worth have helped them cope with their handicaps. Also shows some of the advanced-technology devices that can assist disabled people. 1988. 46 min. Video/C MM900

Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War
Focuses on sixteen of the 80 or so American women who joined the International Brigade volunteers from fifty countries who came to fight for democracy in Spain in 1936. The film's narrative includes the words of Dorothy Parker, Josephine Herbst and Virginia Cowles, as well as the articles and letters exchanged by Martha Gellhorn and Eleanor Roosevelt during the war. The women's hearbreak at the refusal of the democracies including the U.S. to come to Spain's aid, is powerfully conveyed. Directed by Julia Newman. c2002. 58 min. DVD 8078; vhs Video/C 9782

It's a Girl's World: A Documentary About Social Bullying
An inside look at the tumultuous relationships of a clique of popular 10-year-old girls. Playground bullying captured on camera shows a picture of how these girls use their closest friendships to hurt each other - with shunning, whispering and mean looks - to win social power in the group. Also looks at the tragic story of a 14-year-old girl who killed herself after enduring months of rumours and verbal threats. Shatters the myth that social bullying among girls is an acceptable part of growing up. Directed and written by Lynn Glazier. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. c2004. 149 min. DVD 4574

It's a Teen World: Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips
This film examines the culture of sexual harassment and bullying widespread among many teens today. The price that adolescents, especially girls, pay to be cool, hip and popular in our brave new wired world is shared by three different groups of culturally diverse teenagers. Bonus features: Three interactive classroom modules based on 8-minute dramas on sexual pressures created by the teen participants in the film ; excerpts from the three part radio documentary series featured on CBC Radio One's Ideas ; Ryan's rap video "Under Pressure." A film by Lynn Glazier. 2009. 45 min. DVD X3804

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Kypseli--Women and Men Apart: A Divided Reality
A film essay on the peasant society of Kipseli, a small isolated Greek village on the island of Thera. Depicts how the people of Kipseli divide time, space, material possessions, and activities according to an underlying pattern based on the separation of the sexes, and shows how this division determines the village social structure. 1973. 38 min. Video/C 7648

Live Nude Girls Unite!
This documentary follows Julia Query, a peepshow stripper, on her journey to help organize the only strippers union in the United States. In need of money, Julia became a stripper in San Francisco but after discovering that the strippers were being covertly videotaped for amateur porn, Julia and her colleagues contacted the Service Employees Internation Union. The Theater responded by hiring an anti-union law firm. Written and directed by Julia Query, Vicky Funari, 2000. 70 min. DVD X3430; Video/C 7452

Love
As it turns out, Bette Davis and the Bond girls have a lot in common. A wealth of film clips, from chaste black-and-white Hollywood classics to more robust fare from the '60s and '70s, show women's love, lust, longing and revenge. Without commentary or condescension, the film remakes the age-old story of a boy and girl in love with exhilaration and irony. A film by Tracey Moffatt. 2003. 21 min. Video/C MM977

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Love Meetings. (Comizi d'Amore)
Documentary featuring director Pasolini asking questions about sex, love, and morality of a variety of people all over Italy. Features interviews with psychologist Cesare Musatti and author Alberto Moravia. A film by Pier Paulo Pasolini. c1990. 90 min. DVD 3722; Video/C 4744

"Martial Races" and "Ladies' Drinks": How Racialized Gender Has Militarized the World
A lecture by Cynthia Enloe, author and nationally recognized scholar of militarism, state policies, politics and their impacts on the lives of people throughout the world. [Berkeley, CA] : Center for Race and Gender. Lecture, April 29, 2002. 89 min. Video/C 8867

Mary Silliman's War
Based on the memoir and letters of Mary Silliman, this film depicts the struggle during the American Revolutionary War, of Fairfield, Conn., a town deeply and bitterly divided over independence. After the kidnapping and imprisonment of her husband by the British, Mary Silliman managed to secure her husband's freedom while still handling domestic affairs and coping with the war. Based on The way of duty by Joy Day Buel and Richard Buel, Jr. (Main Stack CT275.F5586.B83 1984; Moffitt CT275.F5586.B83 1984) 1993. 94 min. Video/C MM117

Me & The Mosque
In North America, a large number of converts to Islam are women. Many are drawn to the religion because of its emphasis on social justice and spiritual equality between the sexes. Ironically many mosques force women to pray behind barriers away from the men, and some mosques do not even permit women to enter the building. In this documentary journalist and filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz visits mosques throughout Canada and talks to scholars, colleagues, friends and neighbours about equal access for women. Written and directed by Zarqa Nawaz. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2005. 52 min. Video/C MM971

Monuments Are for Men, Waffles are for Women: Exploring Gender Permanence & Impermanence
The unwritten rules governing the traditional activities of American men and women are sharply but subtly defined. A class at Ohio University provides discussion about the impermanence of work done by women and the permanence of work done by men as they explore the concept of symbolic gender construction. The film examines numerous and diverse instances of this often unrecognized division and examines their causes and social consequences. 2000. 37 min. Video/C 7590

Mouth Piece
A monologue performed by Joanna Frueh concerning feminist views, male and female relationships and social perceptions of women. Contents: Excerpts from: Femininity / Susan Brownmiller -- Great mother / Erich Neumann -- Feminist practice & poststructuralist theory / Chris Weedon -- Joy's way / W. Brugh Joy -- State of the art / Arthur C. Danto -- New French feminisms / Elaine Marks, Isabelle de Courtivron -- Face value / Robin Tolmach Lakoff, Raquel L. Scherr. 1992. 56 min. Video/C 5252

100% Woman.
A post-operative transsexual, Michelle Dumaresq, has provoked outrage by entering the sport of women's mountain bike racing. The program explores complex issues of gender identity surrounding the controversy and manifested in Dumaresq's personal and professional relationships. Includes commentary from her parents and interviews with Michelle, friends, and rival cyclists. Director, Karen Duthie. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 60 min. DVD 4487

Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm
From the Victorian era to the post-feminist present, the history of the vibrator is explored, plus the mystifying female orgasm. Features interviews with sexperts, historians, and pioneering feminists. Produced & directed by Emiko Omori & Wendy Slick. Bonus features: Interview extras; Behind the scenes; More antique vibrators; Dancing vibrator trailer. 2008. 74 min. DVD X718

The Powder Room.
This documentary, in which women reveal intimacies in the privacy of each other's company, takes the viewer to high school bathrooms, senior centers, powder rooms, Newfoundland dance halls, New York nightclubs, a sauna in Copenhagen, a Casablanca hammam and country-and-western bars in Texas. In each location women confess their joys, their frustrations and their pain about love, sex, relationships with men and friendships with each other. Director, Ann Kennard. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 1996. Video/C 4991

"Bathroom confidential." (Ann Kennard's documentary film 'The Powder Room' makes use of conversations recorded in women's washrooms)(Brief Article) Maclean's v110, n9 (March 3, 1997):57 (1 pages).

Power Plays.
Addresses the subject of sexual harassment of women on campus. Video/C 2089

Prejudice (Social Psychology)
Prejudiced and biased attitudes between gender, racial, and economic groups are shown in examples and discussed. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 8357

The Purity Myth.
The United States is obsessed with virginity from the media to schools to government agencies. The Purity Myth is an important and timely critique of about why this is so, and why it's problematic for girls and women. Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a woman's worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. With intelligence and wit, this film exposes the legal and social punishments that women who dare to have sex endure, while presenting a powerful argument that evaluating girls and women on their sexuality needs to stop. Directed by Jeremy Earp. Based on the book: The purity myth: how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women / Jessica Valenti (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ29 .V338 2009) c2011. 45 min. DVD X7337

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Quilts in Women's Lives.
Seven contemporary quiltmakers, among them a California Mennonite, a Black Mississippian, and a Bulgarian immigrant talk about their art, its importance in their lives, and how it is influenced by their daily experiences. A film by Pat Ferrero. 28 min. Video/C 4126

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Kaplan, Anne R. "Quilts in Women's Lives: Six Portraits." (video recording reviews) Oral History Review v18, n1 (Spring, 1990):122 (3 pages)

Race, Gender & the "War on Terrorism"
Contents: Terror, structural adjustments and the warfare system / Ruth Wilson Gilmore -- Women, war and racism / Linda Burnham -- Selective images: the selling of the war on terrorism / Hatem Bazian. A panel featuring UC Berkeley professor and prison activist Ruthie Gilmore speaking about terror, structural adjustments and the warfare state; Women of Color Resource Center executive director Linda Burnham talking about women, war and racism and Al-Qalam Institute director Hatem Bazian discussing the selling of the war on terrorism [Berkeley, CA] : Center for Race and Gender. Lecture, April 1, 2002. 89 min. Video/C 8867

Revelations: Exposing the Radical Right
Presents a feminist perspective on the convergence of right-wing political, religious and economic forces in the United States from the 1970s to the present. Looks at political strategists such as Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich, Phyllis Schlafly and Ralph Reed, conservative funders Joseph Coors and Richard Mellon Scaife, and religious leaders like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson and Bill McCartney. [2000?] 18 min. Video/C 8339

Sex in a Cold Climate
Presents a disturbing portrait of Magdalen asylums, run by unfeeling and sometimes sadistic Catholic nuns in Ireland for over a hundred years. The purpose of the asylums, named after the repentant biblical prostitute Mary Magdalene, was to correct the supposed sexual deviance of young women. The criteria of deviance was so broad some Magdalenes didn't know why they had been put away. The film follows the stories of four women who were detained in Magdalen asylums between the 1940s and the 1960s. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1997. 50 min. Video/C 9741

She Even Chewed Tobacco: She Drank, She Swore, She Even Courted Girls: Passing Women in 19th Century America
Uses archival black and white photographs and original artwork with voiceover narrative to illustrate the history of women who "passed" as men in mid-to-late 19th and early 20th century America, not always for reasons of sexual orientation, but for economic or social status enhancement. 1983. 40 min. Video/C 8132

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry.
A guerrilla theater piece on the role of women, performed at an abortion rally in New York City in 1969. In the skit a beauty contestant is pressured to fulfill certain roles in order to be the "ideal woman." The women who perform also discuss their personal lives and how their struggle as women is expressed in the skit. Orginally produced in 1969. 17 min. Video/C MM392

She's Nobody's Baby: American Women in the 20th Century.
Traces conflicting advice given to the American woman from generation to generation by the clergy, government, doctors, media, and society. c1981. 55 min. Video/C 428

Shulie
Directed by Elisabeth Subrin. A re-presentation of a 1967 documentary on the author of the groundbreaking feminist text The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for the Feminist Revolution, Shulamith Firestone. The filmmaker questions the boundaries of fiction and documentary. She explores the conditions of a woman's representation and comments on the impact of feminism today. 1997. 37 min. Video/C 8610

Sink or Swim.
A film by Su Friedrich. A compelling account of the immutable, highly charged relationship between a father and daughter. A young girl narrates twenty-six short stories which recount memories of a father she both fears and admires. 1990. 48 min. DVD 4702; Video/C 4905

Sins of our Mothers: The Story of Emeline.
Covers the story of Emeline Gurney of Fayette Maine through the use of hearsay, legend, etc. to explore the strengths and weaknesses of a community. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 1535

Sisters 'n Brothers
a hard-hitting feminist look at a revolution-gone-awry among people which explodes and explores current dialogues on gender wars. 1994. 4 min. Video/C 4175

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Slippery Blisses
In Slippery Blisses we meet ordinary people who recall their best and worst kisses, and experts who discuss the science of kisses - and the human need for this potent cocktail of touch, smell, taste and emotion. Slippery Blisses features a quirky cast - a behaviour expert who claims we are addicted to kissing, a sex therapist who views kissing as the key to better sex and a professor who teaches wildly popular seminars to university students on how to kiss. Blending science, history and sensuality, this tongue-in-cheek documentary travels across North America and visits Paris, the world's most romantic city, revealing that there's nothing simple about a simple kiss. 2000. 42 min. Video/C MM546

Songs of Sappho.
Andrea Goodman as Sappho, with the Chorus of the New York Greek Drama Co. In Ancient Greek with English subtitles. 1982. 25 min. Video/C 2193

Sorority.
Program about the sorority social life and rites and pressure of sorority members to conform. Women in the documentary are students and alumnae of U.C. Berkeley. 1979. 50 min. Video/C 661

Succeeding Generations.
Presents the history of women in America. This program deals in detail with the Victorian ideal of sheltered life for women, the development of the women's suffrage movement, and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. 1976. 30 min. Video/C 71

Sunset Story
Sunset Story is a funny and intimate documentary that will make you think differently about growing old. It tells the story of Irja (81) and Lucille (95), two friends at a rest home for retired radicals. As they attend demonstrations, register their fellow residents to vote and debate everything under the sun, Irja and Lucille's verve and humor delight us. Sunset Story doesn't shy away from the sadness of old age; it reveals two elderly women's lives in an unusually authentic and surprisingly moving way. Director, Laura Gabbert. 2003. 75 min. DVD 4905

Take Away the Apple.
Explores women's functions throughout history. Examines women's role in marriage and motherhood, as well as their image in gynocratic societies and in cultures that worship women deities. 1977. 30 min. Video/C 70

Thriller.
A film by Sally Potter. This rewriting of Puccini's opera, La Boheme, has become a classic in feminist film theory. A model for the deconstruction of the Hollywood Film, Thriller turns the conventional role of women as romantic victims in fiction on its head. Mimi, the seamstress heroine of the opera who must die before the curtain goes down, decides to investigate the reasons for her death. In doing so, she explores the dichotomy which separates her from the opera's other female character, the "bad girl" Musetta. 1979. 34 min. Video/C 5363

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Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II
In 1942, a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied success. Rosie made the weapons, but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army's calculation. Producer/director, LeAnn Erickson. 2010. 57 min. DVD X7209

Town Bloody Hall: A Dialogue on Women's Liberation
On the evening of April 30, 1971, a standing room only audience of local literati and feminists packed New York City's Town Hall to watch Norman Mailer, who had just written 'The Prisoner of Sex, ' grapple with a panel of passionate feminists ... among them Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Ceballos and Germaine Greer. The event turned from mere intellectual debate to ferocious theater as verbal blows flew engaging the participants and the audience for three and a half hours. With Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Ceballos. Photographers, Jim Desmond, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Woodcock ; editor, Chris Hegedus. 85 min. DVD X5438

True-hearted Vixens.
Follows the fortunes of two women and the teams they play for during a six-game exhibition tour of a start-up Women's Professional Football League in the United States. With their dreams tied to the league's success, the women grapple with powerful social stereotypes, the league's business practices and their own changing expectations of success. c2000. 58 min. Video/C MM694

Twist Barbie: Lynn Spigel Dreams of Plastic Feminism
Lynn Spigel discusses the historical, cultural and social aspects of the Barbie doll phenomenon, while displaying a wide variety of Barbie dolls, apparel and accessaries. Dist. Paper Tiger Television. 1994. 27 min. Video/C MM1216

28 Women: A Chance for Independence
28 single mothers, who decided to enter a woman's shelter in Phoenix, share their experiences in this documentary. Their life experiences are examined as these women struggle to achieve self-sufficiency in a safe environment and describe their individual pursuits to construct a stable foundation for an independent family life. 2005. 17 min. DVD 4326

Up against the Wall Miss America.
A documentary about the disruption of the Miss America pageant of 1968. Guerrilla theater, protest songs, and interviews stress the misuse of women as mindless sexual objects. Footage includes attorney/activist Flo Kennedy. Originally produced in 1968. 6 min. Video/C MM391

Venus and Mars.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology ; 10)
Are men and women really that different? Society tends to emphasize differences more than similarities. This often leads to competition, and in some cases, inequality. Gender issues and stratification, the gender divide in the workplace, the impact of Title Seven, and the women's movement are explored in this lesson. As illustrated in the example of a female football team, it can take a lot of determination to defy the agents of socialization and overcome gender basis. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4806

The Vienna Tribunal
Highlights the moving and gut-wrenching personal stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights. Modelled on past tribunals, the women challenged world leaders at the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna to finally "address these violations for the gross human rights violations that they are." The Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights was convened during the 2nd United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993. Director, Gerry Rogers. 1994. 48 min. DVD X6568

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Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained.
A film by Martha Rosler. This chilling tape probes the objectification of women in a technological society. At its core is a long, continuous shot that reveals the part-by-part measurement and evaluation of a woman by a white-coated male examiner and a chorus of three women assistants. The filmmaker asks: How do we come to see ourselves as objects? How do fragmentation and comparison assist in social control? The final sequences of this film which explores the socially dictated feminine self-image, presents re-framed government photos of women being measured, accompanied by a voiceover litany of "crimes against women." 1975. 40 min. Video/C 5147

Voices From Inside
'Voices from Inside' follows German-born theater artist Karina Epperlein into a federal women's prison where she began teaching weekly classes as a volunteer in 1992. Her racially mixed group of women prisoners becomes a circle of trust and healing. Epperlein also talks to the children of the women. 1996. 60 min. Video/C 5226

The Way Home.
Over the course of eight months, 64 women representing a cross-section of cultures in America, came together to share their experiences of oppression through the lens of race. Separated into eight ethnic councils, Indigenous, African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial, the women explore their stories of identity, oppression, and resistance. 1998. 92 min. Video/C 7053

Wedding Advice: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
Partners for 18 years and feeling external pressure to wed, filmmakers Karen and Fred ask others, "Is there any reason why the two of us should wed?" Interviewees include people who are married, living together in committed relationships, divorced, single, heterosexual, bisexual, and gay individuals, all representing diverse relationships to and perspectives on marriage. Produced, directed and filmed by Karen Sosnoski and Fred Zeytoonjian, Jr. c2002. 57 min. Video/C 9649

Windows on Women.
Using clips from PBS programs over the past ten years, host Ruby Dee discusses the struggle of women breaking into the world of men. c1985. 58 min. Video/C 1243

Without You I'm Nothing.
Adaptation of Sandra Bernhard's one-woman off-Broadway show, a biting, dramatic, comedy cabaret showcase, in which she takes on a number of roles in order to examine American pop culture. 1990. 90 min. Video/C 9402

The Woman's Film
Candid interviews with American women who describe their preconceptions about marriage contrasted with the realities of marriage, their husband's expectations concerning their roles as wives, and experiences of child rearing and employment inside and outside the home. Newsreel, 1971. 41 min. Video/C 5862

Women as Citizens: Vital Voices through the Century
Features speeches by Nancy Cott, Alice Kessler-Harris, and Ruth Simmons on the history of American women in civic life in the 20th century. Focuses on three themes: women as volunteers and reformers, women's struggle for rights, and women in public/civic life. Includes remarks by President Clinton, and comments and questions from the audience. Tape of live broadcast of the sixth Millennium Evening from the White House East Room on Mar. 16, 1999. 120 min. Video/C 9697

Women in American Life.
An overview of women's roles in the development of the United States from the Civil War through the 1950's. 1984. 64 min. ea. Video/C 145:1-4

Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie.
Features interviews with fifteen women of various ages and backgrounds focusing on major gender gap issues. c1984. 16 min. Video/C 1257

The Yellow Wallpaper
Director, Marie Ashton. This short film has become an important addition to women's studies and American literature course curricula. Set in the late 1800s, the story features Elizabeth, an aspiring writer who becomes ill and is forced to take a "rest cure." Completely isolated, her mind creates a world inside the wallpaper in her room--a world in which a woman is trapped and unable to escape. 1977. 14 min. Video/C 5679

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Writing Desire.
A video essay on the new dream screen of the Internet and how it impacts on the global circulation of women's bodies from the third world to the first world. Although under-age Philippine 'pen pals' and post-Soviet mail-order brides have been part of the transnational exchange of sex in the post-colonial and post-Cold War marketplace of desire before the digital age, the Internet has accelerated these transactions. Directed by Ursula Biemann. c2001. 26 min. Video/C MM1026

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Gender and Biology / Gender and Society

Intersexual Individuals

Assume Nothing
Artistic expression of alternatively gendered people's lives reveals a captivating world where gender cannot be defined as simply male or female. This program features New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan and her images for "Assume Nothing," a book that explores the beauty and complexity of gender identity. Four of Swan's subjects speak candidly about their own gender identities and experiences, focusing on their creative expression as artists. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2009. 80 min. DVD X2956

Black and White
In a small New Zealand hospital in 1953, the birth of Mani Bruce Mitchell caused a mild pandemonium. Fifty years later, this film interweaves the stories of this intersex activist and the acclaimed photographer Rebecca Swan, exploring their potent creative collaboration. This fascinating documentary introduces viewers to notions of fluid gender identity, challenging the rigid categories of 'male' and 'female'. Produced and directed by Kirsty MacDonald. 2006. 17 min. DVD 7916

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Brain Sex: Brain Architecture and the Sexes. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 51 min. each installment.

Sugar and Spice. Even during the first moments of life, baby girls and boys already behave differently. Combining case histories and scientific analysis this program argues that the mixture of hormones in the womb "hardwires" the brain with a sex-aligned signature before birth, causing it to become distinctly female or male--or a mixture of both. Video/C 6510

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. Statistically speaking, why have men and women not proved equally adept at the same things? In this program, researchers debate whether differences in brain architecture lead to a division of talents and aptitudes between the sexes--and draw some startling conclusions. To illustrate these differences, children are observed in classrooms, on the playground, and at home. Video/C 6511

Love, Love Me, Do. How might acknowledging the brain's role in sex differentiation make interpersonal relationships run more smoothly? Using images from popular art, television drama, and hidden-camera footage to illustrate both predictable and unexpected conflicts, this program presents the way sex-related differences in brain architecture may influence love, marriage, reproduction and parenthood. Video/C 6512

Divide of the Sexes: Gender Roles in Childhood
Why do boys underachieve? How does celebrity culture influence the self-esteem of young girls? In an atmosphere dominated by sex and consumerism, are children growing up too quickly? This program addresses those issues, reporting on a group of 25 eight-year olds as they adjust to gender roles and expectations. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. 60 min. DVD X3621

Gender and Communication: Male-Female Differences in Language and Nonverbal Behavior
Explores male-female differences in communication and the impact that gender has on both verbal messages including speech, language, and vocabulary, as well as on nonverbal channels of communication such as touch, movement, and gesture. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2001. 42 min. Video/C 9099

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Gender and Relationships: Male-Female Differences in Love and Marriage.
Explores the differences in the ways that men and women experience and communicate the love relationship. Examines ways to make a relationship work better for both men and women. Features men and women from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds who provide testimony on how gender differences affect their relationships. Directed by Dane Archer. c2002. 44 min. DVD 7161 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9395

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Gender, the Enduring Paradox.
Explores how gender affects how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how gender shapes our human identity. c1991. 58 min. Video/C 2347

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Hey! What About Us?
Insight into sex role stereotyping in physical activities of children in schools. Considers exclusion of girls from sports, reinforcement of the hero ethic in boys, and differential teacher treatment of boys and girls in classroom and playground. 1974. 15 min. 3/4" UMATIC. b

Is it a Boy or a Girl?
Explores the medical management of infants born with ambiguous sexual anatomy and whether or not patients born with the disorder should be given the opportunity to choose their gender. Some argue that the standard practice of sexual assignment by surgery in infancy should be discontinued giving the intersexual the right to chose or not to chose surgery once that person reaches adolescence. Produced and written by Phyllis Ward. 2000. 54 min. DVD 8088

I is for Important.
Focuses on sex role stereotyping in social interactions and emotional expression. Pupils range from kindergarten through eighth grade. 1980. 12 min. DVD X65 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 158

Juggling Gender: Politics, Sex and Identity.
Features Jennifer Miller, juggler and director of CircusAmok. Miller speaks of her life and struggle as a lesbian woman who happens to have a moustache and beard. Includes scenes of circus performances, a gay rights parade, Miller interacting with friends, family, and strangers. 1992. 27 min. Video/C 3548

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Krawitz, Jan. "Juggling Gender." (movie reviews)Journal of Film and Video v45, n2-3 (Summer-Fall, 1993):113 (3 pages).

Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She
Explores the lives of those who do not conform to rigid gender concepts and examines changes in brain science that are shedding light on grey areas between male and female. The film also explores the serious social and family problems--even dangers--often faced by those whose gender may fall somewhere in between male and female. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2006. 75 min. DVD 8698

The Pinks and the Blues
Discusses the stereotypes that are applied to the sexes. Examines the historical development of these attitudes starting at birth and continuing through adulthood and the subtle ways parents and teachers condition babies and young children to accept traditional sex roles. 1980. 57 min. DVD 8809 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 287

Science and Gender with Evelyn Fox Keller.
From the World of Ideas with Bill Moyers. Evelyn Fox Keller, theoretical physicist and professor of rhetoric at UC Berkeley, discusses with Bill Moyers language as a carrier of ideology and the role of gender in scientific ideologies. 1989. 28 min. DVD 4853 [preservation copy]; also VHS Video/C 1855

Sex and Gender (Discovering Psychology; 17-18).
Program 17 presents male and female similarities and differences and how sex roles reflect social values and psychological knowledge. Program 18 presents physical and psychological changes as people age, and how society reacts to the later stages of life. 1989. 56 min. Video/C 3953:17-28

Sex: Unknown
Explores gender identity and gender reassignment with contributions of psychologists and researchers, and through personal insights from the Reimer family, including candid, heartrending interviews with JanetReimer and her son, who ultimately rejected his female identity and is now living as a man. Also includes the work of early sex researcher John Money who persuaded the Reimer parents to surgically alter their child after an accident destroyed his genitalia. 2001. 60 min. Video/C 8922

Oberacker, J. S. "Sex assignment surgery and the discourse of public television: The case of NOVA's Sex: Unknown" Television & New Media, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 25-48, 2007 UCB users only

Straightlaced
Meet 50 incredibly diverse students who take us on a powerful, intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today's American teens ... Demonstrates how gender-based expectations are deeply intertwined with homophobia, and also are impacted by race, ethnicity and class. From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image, to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, the film reveals the toll that deeply-held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives, and offers both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence. Directed by Debra Chasnoff. Dist.: New Day Films. c2009. 67 min. DVD X2982

Why Men Don't Iron. Three-part series, 52 minutes each, 1998.

Part 1, Learning the Difference. This film reveals groundbreaking studies, both practical and scientific, that illustrate the variances between the learning patterns of boys and girls from birth to adolescence. From a personal encounter with a family trying to raise their sons and daughter with identical influences to a series of observational experiments with a group of four to seven year olds, this film explores the social, physiological, neurological and genetic aspects of stereotypical sex typed behavior. Video/C 6371

Part 2, The Brain at Work. A generation of equal opportunities has failed to iron out the great sex divide in the workplace. This film examines primarily through research on the brain, how biology plays a role in men's drive to succeed more than it does for women, and why this may explain the lack of women in the boardroom. Also looks at the contrasting behaviors of female and male athletes and the difference of "risk taking" behavior between the sexes. Video/C 6372

Part 3, The Emotional Difference. The era of equal opportunities raised expectations that men and women's roles would become interchangeable. Yet, research reveals that most men are neurologically primed to find household routine more difficult, and that women are hormonally primed for maternal behavior, finding such tasks less stressful than men do. This film explores the neurological elements that help to perpetuate persistent divisions of labor, and investigates the biological basis of our seemingly unchangeable emotional systems. Video/C 6373

XXXY
A portrait of two individuals born with ambiguous genitalia that calls into question the medical practice of gender assignment surgery of intersex infants and children. A film by Porter Gale, Laleh Soomekh. 2000. 13 min. DVD 9181; vhs Video/C 7670

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Reproductive Rights / Parenting

Medicine and Health videography (for works about reproductive technologies)

12th & Delaware
The seemingly sleepy intersection of Delaware Ave. and 12th St. in Fort Pierce, Fla. is ground zero for the ferocious abortion rights battle raging in America. On one corner stands the abortion clinic A Woman's World; across the street is the Pregnancy Care Center, an ambiguously named pro-life outpost dedicated to heading off abortion seekers at the pass. Directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. 2010. 80 min. DVD X5334

Abortion Issue, When Does Human Life Begin?: May 20, 1981 (Nightline)
Program follows the history of family planning, abortion, infanticide, including global religious and legal viewpoints. 33 min. Video/C 5778

Abortion and the Law
This 1965 television documentary investigates the controversy surrounding abortion before it was legalized in the United States, focusing on the moral, social, legal and psychological aspects of abortion. Presents interviews with clergymen, lawyers, and physicians who hold diametrically opposed views and tells of specific cases of abortion. Videodisc release of an episode of the television program CBS reports, originally broadcast on April 5, 1965. Reporters: Walter Cronkite; Eric Sevareid. 57 min. DVD 2450

Abortions - Stories from North and South.
Program follows the history of family planning, abortion, infanticide, including global religious and legal viewpoints. 1984. 54 min. Video/C 848

Access Denied.
Addresses cutbacks in women's reproductive freedom and civil rights against the backdrop of Operation Rescue's religious anti-abortion ferver. Produced by ReproVision, the media collective of WHAM (Women's Health Action Mobilization). 1991. 28 min. Video/C 3362

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And Baby Makes Two.
Interviews five adult mothers who tell why they chose to have their unanticipated baby or actually planned to become single parents. They discuss the reactions of society and their families, meeting financial and emotional demands, male role models, etc. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 551

Birth Control and the Law
Until the Griswold case, which neutralized the Comstock Law and reinforced the right to privacy, the vast majority of Americans had little access to birth control. This television news program investigates urban overpopulation and the struggle to provide family planning counseling and contraceptives to those wanting them. Includes interviews with Margaret Sanger, Estelle Griswold, various religious and health officials and discusses the differences in moral attitudes towards birth control of Catholics and non-Catholics. Videodisc release of an episode of the television program CBS reports, originally broadcast on May 10, 1962. Reporter: Eric Sevareid. Dist.: Films Media Group. 55 min. DVD 2451

Birth of Perception: the American Story on RU-486
Explores the heated controversy in America surrounding the struggle to get the French abortion pill RU-486 (mifepristone) approved for use in the United States. Directed & written by Kristine Clark. c1997. 45 min. Video/C MM830

Born to be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby M.
Martha Rosler discusses the social and economic implications of surrogate motherhood, using excerpts and quotations from media reports and court records of the Mary Beth Whitehead/Baby M case. c1988. 35 min. Video/C 3082

Broken Ties.
In the 1960's unwed mothers were pressured into giving up their babies. This thought-provoking documentary that focuses on the filmmakers own unwed pregancy includes interviews with family members and social workers, as it probes the reasons she complied with a family decision to enter a home for unwed mothers and give her baby up for adoption. Written, directed and produced by Debra Baker. c1999. 27 min. Video/C MM653

Casting the First Stone.
This documentary attempts, by means of interviews with both proponents and opponents of abortion in a Pennsylvania town, to show some of the differences in the ways people weight the value of human life. c1991. 58 min. Video/C 2628

China's Lost Girls.
Examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, "one-child policy" designed to curb the country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. The program follows American families as they travel to China to adopt some of these girls. c2004. 43 min. DVD 4675

China's Only Child.
Discusses the crash program to control population growth in China by limiting the birth of a child to one per family for the next thirty years. c1984. Video/C 650

China's One Child Policy
Twenty-five years after its institution, assesses the success of China's controversial "one child" policy and the impact it has had on ordinary families through interviews with middle-class Beijing families to those in poor rural areas. Population growth has been slowed, but at an enormous social cost: A generation without siblings; abortion of female foetuses; imbalance between the sexes and a real concern that the policy has created a generation of spoilt children, so-called "Little emperors and empresses." 2005. 22 min. DVD 6977

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The Doctor's Story. (Life; 40)
Nepal has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. This episode explores the plight of Nepal's local health services, and links the situation to the prohibition by the U.S. government against funding any non-governmental organization that supports abortion. c2003. 23 min. Video/C 9849

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Eclipse of Reason.
Introduced by Charlton Heston. Documents the intra-uterine life of a male fetus at 5 months of age. Images of a late abortion are then shown. Takes a pro-life position. 1987. 27 min. Video/C 3095

Family Planning and Child Welfare
A film which demonstrates to social workers methods for initiating and maintaining sensitive and supportive conversations about family planning with their clients, with particular emphasis on those who chronically use alcohol and other drugs. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5663

The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today.
Vignettes from around the United States, news footage and interviews combine to show how restrictive legislation, funding cutbacks, violence against clinics, and the political successes of the Pro-life movement is affecting abortion's availability and how activists and clinicians are working to preserve access to abortion. 1996. 57 min. Video/C 5385

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Hard Truth.
A Christian pro-life group's take on the abortion issue. Text accompanies. 1991. 9 min. Video/C 3096

A Healthy Baby Girl.
A Presents the filmmaker's experience of coping with her own hysterectomy at twenty five for cancer caused by her mother's use of D.E.S., a synthetic hormone administered to prevent miscarriage. A film by Judith Helfand. c1996. 57 min. DVD X6687; Video/C 5015

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Aufderheide, Patricia. "Judith Helfand: Secret Stories, Video Diaries, and Toxic Comedy." In: Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
James, Caryn. "A Healthy Baby Girl." (television program reviews) New York Times v146 (Mon, June 16, 1997):B2(N), C14(L), col 3, 22 col in.

I Lease Wombs, I Don't Sell Babies: An Inquiry Into "Surrogate Motherhood"
Since it burst onto the public agenda in the 1980s, "surrogate" motherhood has aroused controversy and confusion. This powerful courtroom drama explores the ethical, emotional, and commercial issues underlying the practice of surrogacy and depicts its effects on three participants: the "biological" mother, who becomes pregnant through artificial insemination, the father, and his wife. In setting the issue of "surrogate" motherhood in the context of individual lives, this well-acted video relates a story that is seldom told and reveals the human side of this controversial practice. The courtroom drama is based on actual testimony. Four witnesses, each a party to a preconception agreement, are called to testify: the husband and wife who are having trouble conceiving a child, the broker who sets up the deal, and finally the "surrogate" mother, who has relinquished her baby to the father and his wife for $10,000, which translates to an hourly rate of less than the minimum wage. This is a drama that should be seen by everyone considering "surrogate" parenthood arrangements as well as by professionals in the family planning and counseling fields. The issues it raises force us to examine what it means to society when motherhood is turned into a commercial activity and the values of the marketplace take priority over the interests of women and their children. 1992. 46 min. Video/C MM540

I Witness.
Examines the effects of the abortion controversy on the community of Pensacola, Florida. Two doctors and an escort have been murdered at abortion clinics in the town, and violence fueled by religious fervor has forced the community to examine its convictions and responsibilities surrounding this difficult issue. Includes interviews with a diverse group of civil and religious leaders in Pensacola. 1998. 56 min. Video/C 6296

Jane: An Abortion Service /
This political look at a little-known chapter in women's history tells the story of "Jane," the Chicago-based women's health group who performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical training. Includes interviews with the founder, Heather Booth, and other women who were involved with the service. Produced and directed by Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy. 1995. 58 min. Video/C MM1140

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The Journey Home: A Romanian Adoption
This is the story of Alexandra, an eleven-year-old Romanian girl who was adopted by a Canadian family at the age of three. Sandi and Al, Alexandra's parents, feel it is time for their daughter to make the journey to meet her birthparents and discover her roots. The film follows Alexandra and her adoptive family as they travel from Bucharest across Romania to the village where Alexandra was born. Along the way they visit orphanages for infants and children to see how they are run today. 2000. 44 min. Video/C 8970

Just Mom and Me
A film by Yvette Torell. Single motherhood in the U.S. is not just the experience of poor, uneducated women or minority teenagers, as often depicted by the media and the press. This film examines the lives of five mothers, whose circumstances are vastly different, who are raising children on their own: a widow raising a bi-racial daughter, A high school dropout raising her child, a lawyer balancing motherhood and a career, a middle-aged college student raising 3 young children, and a single woman who opted for artificial insemination to have a child. 1998. 60 min. Video/C 6520

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Lake of Fire
A look at the subject of abortion where equal time is given to both sides, covering arguments from either extremes of the spectrum, as well as those at the center...a surprisingly even-handed film. Kaye's head-on confrontation of a problem most people simply wish to ignore is documentary cinema at its most raw and vital. Produced and directed by Tony Kaye. 2006. 152 min. DVD X826

Awards
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Leona's Sister Gerri
Tells the story of Gerri Santoro, the real person in the police photograph of an anonymous woman collapsed on a motel room floor, dead from an illegal abortion. Reprinted thousands of times on placards, in newspapers, magazines and in books, this image has become a symbol for reproductive freedom. Produced and directed by Jane Gillooly. Dist.: New Day Films. 1994. 57 min. DVD 7504; vhs Video/C 5991

Mary Ann Glendon.
From the series, World of Ideas with Bill Moyers. Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law, discusses abortion in the U.S. and Europe, and explains how she believes "Roe vs. Wade" gave rise to misinterpretation of the abortion issues of the U.S. 1989. 29 min. Video/C 1884

Massacre of Innocence.
This tape is produced and distributed by Eric Holmberg of Reel to Real Ministries, and takes an extreme pro-life stance. Very graphic images are used. (running time not listed) 1988. Video/C 3094

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Mothers on Trial.
Examines the issues surrounding the prosecution of pregnant women and mothers in the U.S. who are drug addicts. Debate centers around the issues of jail vs. treatment for substance dependent mothers who take drugs during pregnancy. Includes interviews with women prisoners, recovering women addicts, relatives and medical personnel who care for their drug damaged infants. c1990. 30 min. Video/C 6794

On the Eighth Day.
Documents the development and use of reproductive technology, suggesting that science and industry have combined to transform the act of procreation into the business of making babies. Explores the ethical, moral and legal questions surrounding in vitro fertilization and its technological offspring. 1992. 2 videotapes, 51 min. each. Video/C 3365

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La Operacíon
Puerto Rico has the highest incidence of female sterilization in the world. Over one-third of all Puerto Rican women of childbearing age have been sterilized. So common is the operation that it is simply known as 'la operacion.' Using newsreels and excerpts from government propaganda films, plus interviews with Puerto Rican women, doctors, birth control specialists and politicians, this film explores the controversial use of sterilization as a means of population control. Directed by Ana María García. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1982. 40 min. DVD X1093; Video/C 5178

Ourselves, Our Bodies: The Feminist Movement and the Battle Over Abortion
Documentary that examines the feminist movement that began in the mid-1960's and how it eventually led to legalized abortion in the United States. Focuses on the division this has created between pro-abortion and anti-abortion supporters, and describes abortion law in various states. Produced by CBS News in association with the History Channel and A & E Network. 2002. 47 min. DVD 5125

The Pill
Chronicles little known chapters in the history of the development of the birth control pill and examines how far the pharmaceutical industry was willing to risk women's health. For its inquiry the film draws on archival footage, interviews with women from from Puerto Rico who became unsuspecting test subjects for the early pill, insights from women health activists who questioned the high-dose version's safety, and testimony from scientists who developed the pill. 1999. 46 min. Video/C 7975

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The Pill
Examines the work of contraceptive pioneers Margaret Sanger, Katherine McCormick, Gregory Pincus and John Rock, and features personal accounts from the first generation of women to have access to the Pill. Shows how harnessing female hormones into a little pill unleashed a social revolution that allowed women to pursue careers as never before, fueled the feminist and consumer health movements, and encourged more open attitudes towards sex. Originally broadcast on PBS as a segment of The American Experience. 2003. 60 min. Video/C 9599

The Powder & the Glory
Tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs in America, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. One hundred years ago these women immigrated to the United States and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry. Based upon the book War paint by Lindy Woodhead. Directed by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. 2007. 90 min. DVD X5369

The Preferred Sex...The Desired Number.
In many societies, a woman is valued according to her reproductive efficiency. Her status in family and community depends on her ability to bear children of the desired number and of the desired sex. Film investigates the condition of women in Nigeria and India through interviews with husbands, wives, clergy and family planning personnel.1995. 53 min. Video/C 4011

Pregnancy and Substance Abuse.
Studies fetal alcohol syndrome and prenatal care in the United States. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1991.28 min. Video/C 2506

The Silent Scream.
Ultrasound footage of a 12-week old fetus being aborted. One of the earliest films used extensively by pro-life groups. Very graphic images. c1994. 28 min. Video/C 3093

Refrigerator Mothers
From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had found the cause of autism: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the bizarre behaviors of autistic children - rigid rituals, difficulty with speech, extreme self-isolation - stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. We now know that autism is a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women branded as cold "refrigerator mothers," the damage had already been done. 2002.. 54 min. Video/C 9687

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

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Soldiers in the Army of God.
This film focuses primarily on 'soldiers' in the Army of God, a violent fringe pro-life group bonded together by the Internet, by organized rallies, and by a common belief that abortions must be stopped at all costs. Candidly explores the reasons why these people advocate terrorist tactics, such as bombing clinics and killing doctors. Includes footage of high-profile crimes targeted at abortion clinics, most notably the 1993 murder of two abortion clinic workers in Pensacola by Paul Hill, an interview with Michael Bray, who torced an abortion clinic and others associated with the movement. Directors, Marc Levin, Daphne Pinkerson. 2006. 70 min. DVD 5553

Speak Out: I Had an Abortion
In the US, 1.3 million women per year have abortions, but the topic is still so stigmatized that it is never discussed in polite company. This film features 10 women who candidly describe their abortion experience, with stories that span seven decades. Cutting across age, race, class and religion, this film offers perspectives that personalize what has become a vicious and abstract debate. Directed by Gillian Aldrich. 2005. 52 min. DVD X3226

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Sperm Donor X: A Different Conception
Director Deirdre Fishel takes an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at her own experiences and that of three other diverse women as they opt for a life they never imagined-- to try to have children solo using donor sperm. From the strangeness and humor of picking an anonymous donor to the creation of joyous families of both biological and adopted children, Sperm Donor X provides a powerful challenge to old ideas about making a family. A film by Deirdre Fishel. Dist.: New Day Films. c2010. 56 min. DVD X5443

That Delicate Balance II--Our Bill of Rights: Life and Choice after Roe v Wade.
Fred Friendly hosts this series on the Bill of Rights and its effect on the United States. This program examines the relevance of the Bill of Rights to the 20th century dispute over abortion. 1992. 89 min. Video/C 2936

This Child is Mine
This is the first documentary to explore the ethical and social dilemmas surrounding the issue of parenting by women with developmental disabilities. Designed to dispel the myth that mental retardation automatically equates with parental inadequacy, the film focuses on four such women, showing that mildly handicapped women are perfectly capable of being good mothers if some specialized support services are available. 1988. 29 min. Video/C MM645

Unborn in the USA
Looks at the pro-life movement in the United States over the past 35 years, offering insight into both the religious and political ideologies of this social movement. Traveling across 35 states, the filmmakers are granted unprecedented access to pro-life groups, movement icons, fund-raising machines, and college classes where students are groomed to carry the message. More than 70 interviews are interwoven with archival footage and street confrontations to document one of the most tenacious social movements in American history. Directed, produced, written and edited by Stephen Fell and Will Thompson. 2007. 110 min. DVD 8660

When Abortion was Illegal: Untold Stories.
Presents a portrait of the times before Roe v. Wade when profound social stigma surrounded both abortion and unwed motherhood. Makes a strong case for choice as a fundamental democratic right. A film by Dorothy Fadiman. 1992. 28 min. Video/C 2884

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With a Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom.
Based on abortion discussion workshops, addresses the subject of abortion and the Pro-choice movement in the United States. 1989. 40 min. Video/C 1777

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Women and/In the Media / Gender and Language

The Beauty Backlash
With it's "Real beauty" marketing campaign, the Dove brand struck a chord with women skeptical of unhealthy or absurd standards of attractiveness. This program investigates consumer reactions against the idealized images of beauty promoted by TV, movies, and glossy magazines, while exploring the complex relationship between corporate strategy and feminine self-esteem. What are the implications for the global cosmetics and fashion industries? High-level insights concerning Dove, L'Oreal, and advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi provide a fascinating departure point for a socioeconomic discourse. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 30 min. DVD 8871

Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Media Images on Women and Girls
A documentary about the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to women and girls that dominate the media. The film presents the leading authorities in the fields of psychology of women and girls, eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy -- and focuses their ideas on practical solutions and the best tactics for reclaiming our culture. Produced and directed by Margaret Lazarus [and] Renner Wunderlich. 2000. 2000. 34 min. Video/C 7156

Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer.
music videos. Follows three young women as they compete for roles in hip hop music videos. Through their eyes we see how this world has impacted their personal values, their career ambitions and their concepts of beauty and self-image. Written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2005. 71 min. DVD 6687

Buying Into Sexy
A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min. DVD 8870

Calling the Shots.
Focuses on the diversity of films being made by women today, the power structure of the industry and the women who hold such power. c1989. 118 min. Video/C 2875

Codes of Gender
Communication scholar Sut Jhally applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape in this provocative new film about gender as a ritualized commercial performance. Uncovering a remarkable pattern of gender-specific poses, Jhally explores Goffman's central claim that the way the body is displayed in advertising communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity. The film looks beyond advertising as a medium that simply sells products, and beyond analyses of gender that focus on biological difference or issues of surface objectification and beauty, taking us into the two-tiered terrain of identity and power relations. Contents: Sex & gender -- The feminine touch -- The ritualization of subordination -- Licensed withdrawal -- Infantalization -- Codes of masculinity -- Trapped in the code -- History, power & gender display.Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. 73 min. c2009. DVD X2225

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Cosmetic Advertising of the 60's
Ads: Fabulous fakes (2 adds)--Noxzema (7)--Yardley (3)-- Maybelline (4)--Cover Girl--Diamond Deb--First hand foam (3)--Pretty face--Coty cremestick--Avon (5)--Max Factor--Pacquins--Pond's--Fabulash--Desert flower (2)-- Chantilly perfume--Bourjois--Clairol (2)--Crepe de Chine--Sunbeam shavers--Ambush perfume--Hind's lotion-- Oh de London cologne--Tigresse & Brut--My Island cologne--Revlon Intimate--Tabu perfume--Hazel Bishop--Jergens lotion. 199?. 45 min. Video/C 6487

Cosmetic Advertising of the 70's
Ads: Revlon (8 adds)--Avon (3)--Coty (2)--Flex conditioner--Oil of Olay (5)--Norell perfume--Aziza eye makeup (2)--Maxi lip gloss--Pantene shampoo--O.B. tampons (2)--Clairol hair dye (2)--Vidal Sassoon (4)-- Faberge (2)--Almay deep mist moisturizer--Pretty feet & hands (2)--Second debut--Nair--Merle Norman cosmetics--Babe fragrance--Mila cleanser-- Esoterica --Alo after tan--Cie perfume--Aviance perfume--Dana tabu--Jovan cologne--Max Factor (2)-- L'Air du temps--Super Lustrous Mascara--Love's baby soft--L'Oreal (4)--Maybelline (2)--Flicker--Tickle deodorant--Selsun Blue--Nuance--Preference--Vaseline Intensive care--Natural wonder--Rive gauche--Cachet-- Lip quencher--Emeraude--Erno Lazlo products--Style light hairspray--Born beautiful hair color--Posner light touch--Loving care--Partage fragrance. 199?. 44 min. Video/C 6488

Crack in the Tube.
Humorously de-constructs some of the female roles represented on television with the underlying suggestion that a greater variety of visions and ovices ought to be possible. Multiple shorts- see Gladis using long display for individual titles. c1987. 90 min. Video/C 3766

Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Rock Video
Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to illustrate how women are portrayed in male-created videos, examining such issues as masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Questions the impact that the portrayal of sex and sexual relations in mass media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. 1991, 57 min. DVD 4892

Dreamworlds 2.
A controversial video that MTV tried to ban by threat of legal action if it was released. Portrays the impact that sex and violence in media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to show how the media portrays masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. Updated ed. of the 1991 program: Dreamworlds (DVD 4892) c1995. 57 min. Video/C 4057

Dreamworlds 3
Examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and powerful tool for understanding both the continuing influence of music videos and how pop culture more generally filters the identities of young men and women through a dangerously narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender. In doing so, it inspires viewers to reflect critically on images that they might otherwise take for granted. A look at how the narratives of music videos shape individual & cultural attitudes toward femininity, masculinity, sexuality and race. Update of Dreamworlds 2 (1995) & Dreamworlds (DVD 4892). Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. c2007. DVD 8367

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Generation M: Misogyny in Media & Culture
Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a presistent force in American culture. This documentary examines the sexism that continues to proliferate in media depictions, entertainment, and society. Interviewees include Jean Kilbourne (Killing Us Softly), Jackson Katz (Tough Guise), and many others. Looks at the selling of sex as a form of female empowerment, idealized beauty, gender training, misogyny in music and games, and the double standards that exist in media and society when it comes to women and men, as well as recommendations for change. Written, produced, and directed by Thomas Keith. c2008. 60 min. DVD X148

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Hollywood Harems.
This documentary examines Hollywood stereotypes of the East, with particular attention paid to the Middle East and the depiction of women of the East. Juxtaposing film clips from the 20s through the 80s, the filmmaker argues these fantasies have worked both to shape and reinforce often derogative assumptions about the peoples of the East while at the same time reinscribing the moral, spiritual, and cultural supremacy of the Anglo-European West. 1999. 25 min. Video/C 7079

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[Beyond] Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Media Images on Women and Girls
A documentary about the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to women and girls that dominate the media. The film presents the leading authorities in the fields of psychology of women and girls, eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy -- and focuses their ideas on practical solutions and the best tactics for reclaiming our culture. Produced and directed by Margaret Lazarus [and] Renner Wunderlich. 2000. 2000. 34 min. Video/C 7156

Killing Us Softly.
A study of the psychological and sexual themes that pervade today's advertising for products. c1979. 30 min. Video/C 443
Still Killing Us Softly.
Continues discussion about the manner in which women are portrayed by advertising. c1987. 32 min. Video/C 1116

Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Media Images on Women and Girls
A documentary about the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to women and girls that dominate the media. The film presents the leading authorities in the fields of psychology of women and girls, eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy -- and focuses their ideas on practical solutions and the best tactics for reclaiming our culture. Produced and directed by Margaret Lazarus [and] Renner Wunderlich. 2000. 2000. 34 min. Video/C 7156

Killing Us Softly 3.
Jean Kilbourne reviews if and how the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years. With wit and warmth, she uses over 160 ads and commercials to critique advertising's image of women, inviting viewers to look at familiar images in a new way, that moves and empowers them to take action. c2000. 34 min. DVD 1410; vhs Video/C 6979
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Killing Us Softly 4
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing us softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing us softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence. Contents: Introduction -- Ads everywhere -- A constructed beauty -- Objectification -- Judged by looks alone -- Thinness -- Dieting -- Eating & morality -- Global impact -- Infantilization & powerlessness -- Advertising & sex -- Experienced virgins -- Consumerism & sexualizing products -- Masculinity -- Violence -- What to do? Directed by Sut Jhally. c2010. 45 min. DVD X3570

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Martha Rosler Reads Vogue
As Rosler leafs through the Vogue Magazine, the ads and the feature articles become indistinguishable. Her exaggerated parody of television commercials for elegant products gradually shifts to direct criticism. 1982. 28 min. Video/C 2193

The Role of Women in the Movies.
A history of the treatment of women on the screen. Features sequence from the films of Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Pola Negri, Louis Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Mae West. 1979. 29 min. DVD 4219 (preservation copy); Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

Sexism in Language.
This program presents closely analyzed examples that show how sexism and antisexism may be contained in language use - in song lyrics,everyday conversation, newspaper reports, written conversations, and satire. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1991. 20 min. Video/C 2825

Sexism in Language: Thief of Honor, Shaper of Lies
Lynn T. Lovdal explores sexism in both the syntax and semantics of language and shows how it is often unintentional or even unrecognized. She explores four key areas: "female" words that are dependent on a "male" version, words that are more positive for men than for women, words for women that carry negative sexual connotations, and "neutral" words that become inferior when applied to women. c1995. 29 min. Video/C 4115

Sexual Stereotypes in Media: Superman and the Bride.
This program shows how pervasive images are of man as Superman and woman as his slavish bride- on film and TV, in the fiction on which they are based, even in so-called documentaries. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 40 min. Video/C 2824

Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence /
Analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Experts criticize an unhealthy culture created by advertising and the media, and the many examples shown illustrate how children are reduced to consumers bombarded with images of girls treated as purely sexual objects. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 36 min. DVD 8891

Sisterhood: Hyping the Female Market
Consultants, Minnette Lehmann, Christine Tamblyn. This videotape takes a critical and humorous stab at the recent plethora of "pro-feminist" advertising. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1993. 24 min. Video/C MM1219

Slaying the Dragon Reloaded.
Updates the documentary Slaying the Dragon by noting the effects of globalization and a changing population within the past 25 years. Includes interviews with actresses and other Asian American women who describe their experiences of such stereotyping. Directed/Produced by Elaine H. Kim. 2011. 30 min. DVD X6053

Slaying the Dragon.
This film analyzes the roles and images of Asian women promulgated by the Hollywood film industry and network television over the past fifty years. Also interviews Asian American women and their responses to the impact these stereotypes have on their relationships, their work, and themselves. Produced/directed by Deborah Gee. 60 min. DVD 8550; DVD X6053; vhs Video/C 1496
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Some Nudity Required
A documentary about the inside workings of Hollywood's B-movie industry, featuring film clips and rare interviews with the industry's exploitation vets. Gets to the heart of a widely felt and complex attraction to an exploitive world of filmmaking that specializes in the erotic/slasher/action genre. Interviewees: Roger Corman, Jim Wynorski, Maria Ford, Julie Strain. c1999. 82 min. Video/C 8347

Wet Dreams and False Images
A brooklyn barber covers his wall with magazine cut-outs of women, however when he is introduced to the art of photo-retouching, his perceptions of beauty are called into question. This award winning documentary uses humor to address serious concerns about the marketing of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Directed and produced by Jesse Epstein. Dist.: New Day Films. 1994. 11 min. DVD 7167

What a Girl Wants
Eleven girls ages 8 to 16 from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and two classrooms of middle and high school students discuss their views on mass media and how it impacts their lives. Juxtaposing footage culled from a typical week of television broadcasting with original interviews examines how the media presents girls. c2000. 33 min. Video/C 9175

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Women are Good News
Three members of the organization "Women are Good News", a group founded to obtain equal representation of women and women of color in all news media, discuss the lack of women commentators and newscasters on PBS and other television stations. Panelists: Nancy DeStephanis, Peggy Cooley, Kathleen Purcell. c1992. 28 min. MM1214

Women in the Media.
Participants: Betty Friedan, David Gergen, Renee Poussaint, Nancy Woohull, Eleanor Randolf, Bob Guccione. A Symposium of leading figures in the media discussing issues relating to roles and perceptions of women in the media. 1990. 97 min. Video/C 1906

Women Seen on Television.
Blends narration, clips of broadcast footage and rock music into a critical look at television's stereotypical view of women. c1991. 11 min. Video/C 2596

A Word in Edgewise.
Film explains the role of language in shaping behavior and explores sex bias in everyday speech and writing. Cites illustrations of abuses as well as suggestions to improve awareness of our use and abuse of language. 1986. 26 min. Video/C 3363

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Women's Bodies / Body Image / Gender Identity

Psychology (for works about eating disorders)

Africa Rising: The Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation
Depicts the efforts of local African political activists to end the practice of female genital mutilation in Africa, an act that can lead to medical complications or even death. Also capturing the stories of victims, their families and friends, the film follows various activists in countries such as Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya and Mali, as they meet with school children, local communities, and others in attempting to change the 5,000 year-old custom. Directed and produced by Paula Heredia. 2009. 62 min. DVD X3800

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America the Beautiful
Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to examine America's new obsession: physical perfection. Seeking answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as everyday Americans, Roberts delves into the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection and shows how these increasingly unattainable images contribute greatly to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry's largest consumers. Who actually benefits from this high-priced journey towards this ideal? What are the true costs of our obsession with youth, beauty, and a slender physique? Special features: Deleted scenes; Boris Kodjoe and Reggie Theus on being attractive; Interview with Eve Ensler; Cosmetic ingredients are mislabeled; Girls with eating disorders; Canaries in the coal mine; Meet the victims: guys on the couch; Physiognomy with Stuart Ewen; Interview with Ethie Ann Vare. 2007. 105 min. DVD X2472

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour.
Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from girls' play dates to Barbie web pages, Barbie Nation plumbs the international cult of the Barbie doll, telling the Barbie stories of diverse men, women and children. Explores the history of the Barbie doll, through older and contemporary clips. Includes interviews with Barbie fans, foes, and fetishists; people of all ages and sexes who either covet or revile Barbie. Visits conventions and auctions, where early dolls and memorabilia are bought and sold. Also tells the story of Barbie's creator and Mattel co-founder: Ruth Handler, whose commentary runs throughout the film. Producer/director/writer/narrator, Susan Stern. Dist.: New Day Films. 1998. 54 min. DVD 3708; also VHS Video/C 5669

Beauty in China
These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. To accomplish the "right look," they visit surgeons to have their legs lengthened, their eyes westernized, and their breasts enlarged. Some of the women end up with terrible physical problems as a result. Every week some 16,000 Chinese undergo face surgery. The film includes a beauty contest for "Miss Nip & Tuck," in which all the contestants are women who have had plastic surgery. Many of their families have spent their life savings to pay for this investment in their daughters. Directed by Elodie Pakosz 2005. 29 min. DVD X348

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Beautopia
Documents the world of actual and aspiring fashion models and supermodels. Four young women models are followed around the globe as they attempt to become superstars. Balanced with interviews with established models such as Lauren Hutton, Elle MacPherson, and Claudia Schiffer, the film contrasts the sobering reality of the business of beauty with its false promises, competition and rejection to the fairy tale images in the young models' heads. Director/producer/writer, Katharina Otto. 1993.104 min. Video/C 8594

Beauty Mark: Body Image & the Race for Perfection
Diana Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness. The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors. Directed by Carla Precht & Kathleen Man. 2009. 53 min. DVD X1279

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Becoming Barbie.
This documentary provides a compelling look at body image issues and the role the media plays in promoting certain ideals for women. It examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in society and looks at the influence of the Barbie doll on young girls. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve. It also explores the new world of modelling in which models in video, film and photographs are sculpted by computer technology presenting images to emulate that are not even totally human. Includes interviews with teenagers and professionals working with eating disorder patients. 1993.47 min. Video/C 4544

Bionic Beauty Salon
An educational and entertaining documentary addressing the insecurities of women of all ages who learn to place their self-worth in the measure of their beauty. The film offers a model for how to reclaim the media and find one's true self through six remarkable teenage girls who speak about their struggles with feminine identity. Dist.: New Day Films. c1999. 22 min. Video/C 9300

Body Perfect (Taboo series)
Mentawai women in Sumatra file their teeth to sharp points, American men get buttocks implants, and Chinese men and women having their legs surgically lengthened to make them taller. How far would you go to match your culture's ideal of beauty? Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1142

Body Politics
Around the world, takes a look at women's efforts to change societal attitudes about the "ideal" female form. Featuring historical footage and propaganda from the 19th century, when women were pressured to wear corsets, to the 40s and 50s picturing the "ideal" female figure, to the 1990s, the film presents an interesting contrast with contemporary women who are challenging old attitudes. Women boxers, rock climbers, and runners are seen challenging old assumptions about women's physical abilities. Anorexia is also discussed as a condition arising from younger women's need to attain an impossible physical ideal. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1997. 48 min. Video/C MM56

Body Typed: 3 Short Films on Media and Physical Perfection
False images: "Exposes the art of digital photo-retouching. How do images of perfect female beauty influence men's perceptions of real women? And, how we see ourselves?" The guarantee: "Teasing, self-perception, cultural identity, and plastic surgery. How would changing our bodies to try to fit an image alter the way we see ourselves? -- Or even who we are? Reveals a dancer's story about his "Italian" nose and the effect it has had on his career." 34 x 25 x 36: "A look at mannequins, religion and perfection. Enter the inner workings of the Patina V Mannequin Factory and see what goes into making 'the ideal woman of the moment' -- in plastic." False images (12 min.) -- The Guarantee (11 min.) -- 34 x 25 x 36 (8 min.) Director: by Jesse Epstein. Dist.: New Day Films. 2009? DVD X3809

Breast Implants on Trial
Covers a class action suit and individual liability suits on the issue of breast implants, FDA and medical findings, and issues of medicine and science in the courtroom. Includes interviews with physicians, lawyers, the CEO of Dow Corning Corporation, and individuals with illnesses they feel are linked to their use of silicone breast implants. Originally shown on the television program Frontline on February 27, 1996. 87 min. Video/C 5799

Breasts
Presents interviews with 22 women, most of whom appear topless, speaking candidly about their attitudes toward breasts. The participants represent a wide range of age, size, race and background including two women with mastectomies, another who is concerned about the safety of her silicone implants, a self-proclaimed leader of the "Strong Breast Revolution," a transsexual, a 420-pound comedienne and two mother-daughter pairs. Interwoven with the interviews are segments of breast-related archival footage, including a racy 1920s animated cartoon, a 1950s beauty pageant, and a 1970s bra ad. 1996. 50 min. Video/C MM316

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Bulimia.
Host Hugh Downs examines the dangers of the binge-eating disorder, bulimia, and its effects on victims through interviews with experts, recovered bulimics including actress Jane Fonda and the parents of bulimics. Shows scenes of group therapy for eating problems. c1982. 14 min. Video/C 544

Busting Out.
A disarmingly honest and intimate exploration of our society's fascination with women's breasts. Unflinchingly examines the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this American icon, delving into the history and politics of breast obsession in the United States. From breast-crazy men shouting 'Flash those racks!' to the fears of breast cancer and the disparate attitudes of cultures worldwide, the directors leave no stone unturned in their quest to demystify the American breast. Written, produced & directed by Francine Strickwerda & Laurel Spellman Smith. 2004. 57 min.

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Cancer in Two Voices.
This film provides a glimpse into the real lives of two lesbian women, Sandy and Barbara, especially into their coping with Barbara's breast cancer. Sandy and Barbara had almost three years together from the time Barbara's cancer was diagnosed until her death in 1988. The film is based on home videotapes made during that time. 1994. 43 min. Video/C 4002

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Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter.
Shows interactions between an Alzheimer's patient and her daughter. The daughter discusses how she has dealt with her mother's illness and describes various stages of the disease. c1994. 45 min. Video/C 3976

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Bergman, T. "Personal narrative, dialogism, and the performance of "truth" in Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter." Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 20-37, Jan. 2004 UC users only
Goodman, Walter. "P.O.V.: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Tue, June 6, 1995):B3(N), C16(L), col 3, 13 col in.
Pincus, Elizabeth. "Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter." (video recording reviews) Advocate, n683 (June 13, 1995):60 (2 pages).

Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation
Filmmaker Nicole Clark, a former Elite International fashion model, calls for a necessary change: integrity and responsible media for our youth. An examination of how advertising and the cult of celebrity have deeply and negatively impacted teens and young women, the film pairs ads and footage from the catwalks with shocking interviews with editors from top fashion magazines. The film juxtaposes these interviews with revealing insights from parents, teachers, psychologists, body image experts and most importantly, the heartfelt expressions of girls themselves on how they feel about the media that surrounds them. Directed and produced by Nicole Clark. 2009. 80 min. DVD X3801

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The Cult of the Beautiful Body: Observations from the Plane of Body Consciousnes
Extreme body consciousness has taken youthful narcissism to new heights, making 'boy meets girl' a ruthless physical selection process. This program examines the cult of the body in Western society and how it has reduced today's courtship ritual to a one-dimensional experience based primarily on physical attraction. Beginning with the pressure that men currently feel to conform to an abstract physical ideal, the role of the media is scrutinized, along with the culture that from Munich to Los Angeles excludes all who do not espouse the ideals of bodily perfection at the expense of all else. 30 min. Video/C 9679

Dialogues with Madwomen.
Features seven women--including the filmmaker--describing their experiences with manic depression, multiple personalities, schizophrenia, euphoria, and recovery. Candid interviews are combined with dramatic reenactments and visualizations of each women's history, emotions, and dreams--the private symbols of madness and sanity. Produced by Irving Saraf and Allie Light. 1993. 90 min. DVD X2395; vhs Video/C 3544

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Jones, A.L. "Dialogues with Madwomen." Contemporary Psychology, 1996 Mar, V41 N3:264-265.
Metz, Holly. "Dialogues with Madwomen." Progressive v58, n2 (Feb, 1994): 12.
Weber, Bruce. "Dialogues with Madwomen." New York Times v143 (Tue, August 2, 1994):B2(N), C20(L), col 3, 17 col in.

Diet Unto Death: Anorexia Nervosa.
Documentary examines the causes, symptoms and therapy used to treat a nutritional disorder that causes it's victims, usually adolescent girls, to starve themselves. 1980. 13 min. Video/C 205

Famine Within.
This documentary addresses the contemporary obsession with body size and shape among North American women. Influenced by the mass media and the demands of consumerism, women have come to judge their bodies according to the unrealistic standards of our culture's current beauty ideal. 1990. 118 min. Video/C 2167

The Fat Body (in)visible
What happens when women decide to love their bodies no matter what size? ... Two fat acceptance activists, Keena and Jessica, share their experiences of being judged by society for their decision to not bow to how women are expected to look --including being harassed and discriminated against because of their size. Undeterred, they talk about how the fat acceptance movement has allowed them to become empowered. Directed by Margitte Kristjansson. 2011. 24 min DVD X7112

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Female Circumcision
In the first segment female genital mutilation in Africa and Asia is described in personal testimony as well as in an interview with Alice Walker about her documentary films. Scenes from Fire Eyes and Warrior Marks are shown to demonstrate how mutilation is often performed, and Walker reads from her novel Possessing the Secret of Joy, about an African woman who responds to the cultural tradition of female circumcision. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast July 14, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6698

Fire Eyes
Explores the socio-economic, psychological and medical consequences of the ancient custom of female circumcision which is routed in deep cultural mores and performed on more than 80 million women worldwide. In this film, several women who have experienced this "rite of passage" voice varying points of view on perpetuating the practice. Testimony from doctors detail the various forms of female circumcision and the horrendous ob/gyn problems that result. 1994. 60 min. Video/C MM113

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Gap-toothed Women.
A Les Blank film, interviews 40 women, all of whom have a spacebetween their two front teeth. Explores the self-image of these women and the pressures they feel to conform to the ideals of mass media. Includes Lauren Hutton, Sandra Day O'Connor, Claudia Schmidt, Katherine Wallach. c1987. 30 min. DVD 4980; vhs Video/C 3558

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Good for Her
Examines the factors creating the cosmetic surgery boom in Seoul today through a montage of personal narration, nostalgic images of Korean beauty standards, contemporary news clips and film footage, street advertisement copy, and direct interviews with Korean youngsters and university professors about the intense pressures on Korean youth to undergo cosmetic surgery. Written, directed and edited by Elizabeth E. Lee. 2004. 48 min. DVD X42

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

How to Be a Woman: Instructions for Proper Female Behavior from Classroom Films of the 1940s-'70s
As the daughters of the baby boom reached adolescence, the American school system struggled to educate them on matters of sexual and social development. For teachers, classroom films about such topics were considered a godsend. They depicted the reproductive system in anatomical detail or through puzzling symbolism. Beyond sex education, classroom films addressed a wide array of social issues, from the importance of cooking skills to self-defense and how to appear more pleasing to others. You're growing up / Bailey Films (1955 ; col. ; 10 min.) -- The Wonders of reproduction / Moody Institute (1958 ; col. ; 11 min.) -- Let's make a sandwich / American Gas Assoc. (1950 ; col. ; 4 min.) -- Why study home economics? / Centron (1955 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- As others see us / Social Science Films (1953 ; col. ; 10 min.) -- Growing girls / Film Producers Guild (1949 ; b&w ; 12 min.) -- Improve your personality / Coronet (1951 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- Pattern for smartness / Hartley Productions (1948 ; col. ; 18 min.) -- Girls are better than ever / Douglas Film Ind. (1967 ; col. ; 13 min.) -- You're the judge / Crisco (1960s ; col. ; 18 min.) -- Worth waiting for / Brigham Young University (1962 ; col. ; 27 min.) -- Saying no: a few words to young women about sex / Crommie & Crommie (1982 ; col. ; 16 min.) -- Attack / Taft Broadcasting (1966 ; b&w ; 14 min.). 195 min. DVD X2292

Propaganda films: Social and Religious Propaganda

The Human Body: Appearance, Shape and Self-image
Contents: Tattoo: the living canvas -- Cosmetic surgery: the body as medical sculpture -- Branding & piercing the human animal -- Tyranny of perfection: models for the rest of us? -- Weightism: the last acceptable prejudice? -- Weightism: Consequences -- Beauty: cultural differences -- Contesting the beauty contest -- Body image & eating disorders: Onset -- Body image & eating disorders: Crisis -- Body image & eating disorders: the road back -- Aging: the body changes.
This video examines 12 different facets of the human body that impact our preferences and prejudices, which can lead us to attempt dramatic--but not always wise-- alterations of what we look like. Some of the subjects explored include bulimia, anorexia, tattooing, branding, plastic surgery, scarification, body prejudices and "weightism", the impact of "supermodels" and beauty pageants, the effects of aging, and cultural differences in ideas about who is beautiful. c1998. 38 min. Video/C 5845

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

I, Doll: The Unauthorized Biography of America's 11 1/2" Sweetheart /
A history and examination of the international social phenomenon of the Barbie doll; a toy, idol, role model and fashion model reflecting standards of appearance and lifestyle for girls and women since 1959. Praised for encouraging little girls towards careers and accessorizing, she is also blamed for eating disorders, silicone breast implants and collection frenzies. Along the way meet the "Barbie Hall of Fame" curator, as well as bulmics, artists, owners of Barbie collections and other people whose lives have been affected by this doll. Produced, directed and written by Tula Asselanis. 1995. 58 min. Video/C MM1014

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Inside Out: Stories of Bulimia
Bulimia is on the rise, yet it is often portrayed in the media as a kind of "extreme" dieting practiced by models, socialites and others obsessed with their appearance. In reality, this eating disorder can be as hard to overcome as any addiction and affects both men and women from all walks of life. This documentary takes the viewer into the lives of women and men who are struggling to cope with bulimia and its consequences. It combines interviews and observational footage of each of them and their family members illuminating the feelings of compulsion, confusion and desperation endemic to the disorder...but also the hope of recovery. 2002. 56 min. Video/C 9521

Fanlight Productions catalog description

Last to Know.
A documentary about four women of different backgrounds who are similarly dependent upon alchohol or prescribed drugs. Describes the nature of their addiction and how it is possibly perpetuated by the medical establishment and other societal forces. 1983. 45 min. 3/4" UMATIC Video/C 541

Let's Face It: Women Explore Their Aging Faces
Seven women ages 45 to 65 explore and reflect on their aging faces uncovering their ambivalence, vanity, anxiety, joy and acceptance of growing older through open, honest, and funny revelations with their friends. A film by Wendy Oser, Joan Levinson & Beverly Spencer. 2002. 26 min. Video/C 9479

Losing: A Conversation with the Parents
This distanced narrative, which approximates a soap opera or a TV interview of bereaved relatives of a victim, confronts two means by which food is used as a weapon: the internalized oppression of self-starvation (anorexia nervosa), and starvation because of poverty and economic domination. Rosler exposes underlying social realities from starvation in Third World countries to the phenomenon of dieting and starvation to create an ideal female self in contemporay American culture. A film by Martha Rosler. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1977. 20 min. Video/C 5151

Made Over in America
A thought-provoking picture of how the desire for a better self-image operates within consumer culture, and how this desire is fed by the media, the medical makeover industry and society at large. Features interviews with producers and contestants of The Swan and Dr. 90210 makeover television programs, surgeons and their patients, clinical psychologists, media theorists, and youth who are coming of age in a culture where bodies seem to be customizable. Produced and directed by Bernadette Wegenstein and Geoffrey Alan Rhodes. 2007. 65 min. DVD 9926

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Period Piece
A film by Jennifer Frame and Jay Rosenblatt. Women of various ages (8-84) and ethnicities share how they felt when their menstrual cycles first started. Old educational films are revisited in new ways to show humorous and historical views of this rite of passage. This film explores the general discomfort around the subject of menstruation and the pain girls experience as they negotiate relationships with their bodies and their culture. 1996. 30 min. Video/C 6584

Mirror Mirror.
Explores the relationship between a woman's body image and the quest for an idealized female form. 13 women of varying age, size, and ethnicity candidly reveal the ambivalence with which they regard their own bodies. c1990. 17 min. Video/C 3364

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Women Make Movies catalog description

Miss America
Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest - from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's most popular events - Miss America paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. Using intimate interviews with former contestants, and behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, the film reveals why some women took part in the fledgling event and how the pageant became a battle ground and a barometer for the changing position of women in society. Directed by Lisa Ades ; written by Michelle Ferrari. Originally broadcast on PBS as a segment of The American Experience. c2002. 102 min. DVD X243

Perfect Illusions: Eating Disorders and the Family
Four young women suffering from eating disorders and their families discuss and explain their experiences. Followed by a special edition of KCTS Connects which follows up, a year later, with two of the women who were profiled in the program. 2002. 84 min. DVD 6541

Pumping Iron II: The Women
This controversial film about blood, sweat, and beauty follows the stories of five top female body-builders as they prepare for the Caesars Palace World Cup championship. 1985. 107 min. DVD 2891

Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer
Rachel's Daughters, the first feature length film to be made about the causes of breast cancer, is an investigative documentary with a difference. Eight women living with breast cancer act as detectives, traveling across the country interviewing scientists and researchers about the possible causes of the disease. These interviews are woven together with historical footage, short dramatizations and emotional visualizations, creating an engaging detective story. Directed and edited by Allie Light and Irving Saraf. 1997. 107 min. DVD X6686; Video/C 5384

Women Make Movies catalog description

Gross, Liza. "Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer." (video recording reviews)Sierra v83, n1 (Jan-Feb, 1998):111 (2 pages).
Kolata, Gina. "Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer." (television reviews) New York Times v147 (Wed, Oct 1, 1997):B5(N), E1(L), col 1, 12 col in.
Wilcox, Carolyn. "Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer." (video recording reviews) Library Journal v123, n13 (August, 1998):150.

Sally's Beauty Spot.
Shows a woman's attitude toward her body by exploring her feelings towards a small mole on her breast. Writer and director, Helen Lee. 1990. 12 min. Video/C 3361

Women Make Movies catalog description

Lee, Helen. "A Peculiar Sensation: A Personal Genealogy of Korean American Women's Cinema." (Race in Contemporary American Cinema, part 8) Cineaste v23, n1 (Wntr, 1997):36 (3 pages).

Skin and Ink: Artists and Collectors.
Increasing numbers of women are choosing to become tattooed. This documentary looks at both women who have tattoos and those who create them, revealing motives for becoming heavily tattooed, as well as some of the social repercussions. 1990. 28 min. Video/C 4927

Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness.
Illustrated lecture which explores the manner in which women are portrayed by advertising with the focus on thinness. Discusses the impact this portrayal has on the self images of women and girls and offers a new way to think about eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Contents: Impossible beauty -- The waif look -- Constructed bodies -- Food & sex -- Food & control -- The weight loss industry -- Freeing imaginations. c1995. 30 min. Video/C 4494

Description from Media Education Foundation filmcatalog

Smile Pretty. (Girls in America: Identity and Adolescence)
Teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds open their hearts aboutlife as a beauty queen, discussing the pressure to fulfill a societal ideal, the allure of celebrity,and the artificiality of the ) modelling trade. In addition, they share incidents of heroism and sacrifice, feelings about their struggle for personal identity, and insights into the mother/daughter relationship. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 7304

Systems of Authority, Methods of Repression.
Views sexual assault against women within the larger framework of societal structures and cultural mores which encourage attitudes and actions of repression and violence. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 5046

Stigmata: The Transfigured Body.
Women discuss tattooing and body piercing and the link between these practices and women's empowerment. 1992. 27 min. Video/C 4926

Women Make Movies catalog description

Swallow
This account of two white suburban girls, interspersed with seventies archival media clips, examines the possibility that depression and anorexia are language disorders. The wrongly naming of things, and the subsequent loss of meaning, is one of several devices skillfully and humorously applied to call into question modes of representation. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 8609

Taking Our Bodies Back: The Women's Health Movement
Explores ten critical areas of the women's health movement, from the concept of self-help to the issue of informed surgical consent, documenting a growing movement of women striving to regain control of their bodies. The film shows women becoming aware of their rights in dealing with the medical industry as it explores such issues as self-help, birth at home, abortion, high school women's support group, breast cancer, research, the gynecological exam, drug company attitudes, hysterectomy, and health care of women of color. A film by Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich, Joan Finck, 1974. 33 min. Video/C 7299

Cambridge Documentary catalog description

Thin: Death by Eating Disorder
Living at the Renfrew Center, Coconut Creek, FL, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders for six months, Greenfield and director of photography Amanda Micheli earned the patients' trust, receiving unprecedented access to the meetings, therapy sessions and meals that make up daily life for those undergoing treatment. Through interviews, still photographs and behind-the-scenes footage, the film tells the stories of four women between ages 15 and 30 whose pasts may be different, but are now joined by a common illness. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 103 min. DVD 6992

Toxic Bust
A healthy woman finds a lump in her breast which launches this documentary that uncovers mounting evidence that links cancer to chemical exposure. Most breast cancer funding and research has gone toward treatment, and finding the elusive cure. Far less emphasis has been given to prevention and discovering the causes of breast cancer. This film focuses on three cancer "hotspots" (Cape Cod MA, SF Bay Area, and hi-tech manufacturing workers) to more fully explore the connection between breast cancer and chemical exposure in the home, community and workplace. Produced and directed by Megan Siler. 2006. 41 min. DVD 9236
Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

The Vagina Monologues
"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don?tthink about them. So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which becamevagina monologues. I talkedwith hundreds of women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American Women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first, women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn?t stop them." [Eve Ensler quoted in Theatre on the Square web site] c2002. 90 min. DVD 1249

Vagina Monologues -- interviews, essays (from Daze Reader)

Warrior Marks.
A poetic and political film about female genital mutilation. Includes interviews with women from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, the United States, and England. A film by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1993. 54 min. DVD X6685; Video/C 3348

Women Make Movies catalog description

Walker, Alice. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women / Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, c1993.(UCB Bancroft GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Grad Svcs XMAC.W18.W37 Modern Authors Collection; UCB Main GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Moffitt GN484 .W35 1993)

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Grewal, Inderpal Kaplan, Caren. "Warrior Marks: Global Womanism's Neo-Colonial Discourse in a Multicultural Context." Camera Obscura 5-11, September 1996
Hamilton, Amy. "Warrior Marks." (includes related articles) off our backs v23, n11 (Dec, 1993):2 (5 pages).
James, Stanlie M. "Shades of Othering: Reflections on Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation." Signs, Summer 1998 v23 i4 p1031(1) UC users only
Minor, Diane. "Warrior Marks: Joyous Resistance at Walker Film Debut." (documentary film by Alice Walker) National N O W Times v26, n2 (Jan, 1994):7.
Simonds, Cylena. "Missing the Mark." (female mutilation in movie 'Warrior Marks') Afterimage v21, n8 (March, 1994):3.

Wet Dreams and False Images
A brooklyn barber covers his wall with magazine cut-outs of women, however when he is introduced to the art of photo-retouching, his perceptions of beauty are called into question. This award winning documentary uses humor to address serious concerns about the marketing of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Directed and produced by Jesse Epstein. Dist.: New Day Films. 1994. 11 min. DVD 7167

Younger, Thinner, Smoother: How the Baby Boomers are Changing the Face of Cosmetic Surgery
Elizabeth Sher documents her personal journey to decide whether or not to have plastic surgery. Her search for answers leads her to interview candid men and women who explain why they have chosen to have plastic surgery and surgeons who discuss the latest tehcniques. The film also offers insights into the deeper issues of image and aging. 2000. 51 min. Video/C MM701

The Women's Movement / Suffrage / Women and Politics

The Anarchist Guest: Emma Goldman
Depicts the life and philosopies of Emma Goldman, an anarchist nicknamed "Red Emma" for her radical political views. Follows her tumultuous life from Russia to the United States and her eventual deportation from the U.S. because of her politics. Traces Goldman's journey to the Canadian home where she found exile in her later years. 2000. 42 min. Video/C 7932

Annie Besant: An Unlikely Rebel
Examines the life and work of British labor union leader, women's rights activist, social reformer and theosophist Annie Besant. Includes the match girls strike of 1888 and other social reform activities throughout her life as a writer and orator. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and academics. Supplementary feature included on Adventures of young Indiana Jones ; Volume one) c2007. 27 min. DVD X233

Barbara Jordon, Keynote Address, Democratic Convention.
28 min. Video/C 1469

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm campaigned to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. From the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami that July, Chisholm's fight for inclusion encompassed all Americans "who agree that the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it." Shunned by the political establishment, Chisholm asks people of color, feminists and young voters for their support to "reshape our society and take control of our destiny ..." To the surprise of many, voters responded. Directed and produced by Shola Lynch. 2004. 77 min. DVD 3669

Daughters of de Beauvoir
The life story of Simone de Beauvoir, including her relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre, is told in conjunction with the stories of some of the women in the modern women's movement. Kate Millett, Marge Piercy, Eva Figes and Ann Oakley discuss the effect of her best known book, The Second Sex, upon their own ideas and development as writers. Director, Imogen Sutton. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 6803

Filmakers Library catalog description

Demanding the Vote: the Pankhursts and British Suffrage
Looks at the life and work of Emmeline Pankhurst and her two daughters, activists and leaders of the British suffragette movement. Although widely criticised for her militant tactics, Emmeline Pankhurst's leadership is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in Britain. Includes archival film footage and commentary by authors and academics. Produced by Adam Sternberg; written by Lisa Clark and Adam Sternberg. Supplementary feature accompanying: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 30 min. DVD X233

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: The Rebel Girl
Discusses the life of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), one of this country's most famous and important union organizers, radical activists, and defenders of civil rights. Rare archival photographs, historical film footage and recordings of her speeches shed light on her role as labor leader, orator and self-proclaimed revolutionist. c1993. 20 min. Video/C MM688

The Equal Rights Amendment
A discussion between Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Scott and William F. Buckley on the rescission of the Equal Rights Amendment by several states that had initially ratified it. The contributing factors include the draft, employment opportunities and child support. Originally taped as an episode of the television program Firing Line on March 30, 1973. 60 min. DVD X2728

ERA-- The War Between Women.
Examines the confrontation over the Equal Rights Amendment to bar sex discrimination. Noted feminists argue in favor of ratification and women who oppose the ERA offer opposing views. 1977. 55 min. Video/C 414

The F Word.
Presents various definitions of feminism as defined by feminists, opponents of feminism, and ordinary men and women. Directed and edited by Erin Gallagher, Marcia Jarmel. 1994. 10 min. DVD X6710; Video/C 4939

Women Make Movies catalog description

Fighting for the Vote: Women's suffrage in America
Covers the history of the struggle for women's suffrage in the United States beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. Looks at the relationship between the women's suffrage movement and the anti-slavery movement and the leadership of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Includes archival film footage and commentary by authors, historians and academics. Produced and written by Lisa Clark and Adam Sternberg. Supplementary feature accompanying: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 31 min. DVD X233

Freedom!
A documentary series chronicling the epic journey of America's commitment to liberty and the idea of freedom. Based on the book series A History of US by Joy Hakim. c2003. 52 min. each installment

Episode 10: The newly unveiled Statue of Liberty symbolizes all that is best in America, inspiring an era of reform and compassion. Looks at the work of Susan B. Anthony and women's suffrage, child labor, John Muir, Ida Tarbell and her exposure of abuses by Rockefeller's Standard Oil, and Jane Addams, the first American social worker. DVD 2196
Episode 11: With help from the Wright brothers, the country begins to soar culminating in the trans-Atlantic flight by Lindbergh. Americans join a fight for freedom in World War I and at home women get the vote. DVD 2196

Geraldine Ferraro / Walter Mondale: Political Campaign Advertisements.
Video/C 1344

Great Speeches.
Presents speeches by famous speakers each with an introduction detailing the time, place and events surrounding them. These speakers include Eleanor Roosevelt, Geraldine Ferraro, Jean Kirkpatrick and Barbara Jordan. c1985. Video/C 1466:1-7.

Half the People, 1970. (People's Century, 1997.)
Inspired by the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, women began to challenge discrimination on the basis of gender. The National Organization for Women was founded in 1966 to support full equality for women in America. In the boardroom and other bastions of male power, women pressed their demands with growing success. This film examines the history of the women's rights movements in the United States, Iran, Mexico, Denmark, China and Africa. 56 min. Video/C 6440

The Heretics: As Told by Joan Braderman
The Heretics uncovers the inside story of the Second Wave of the Women's Movement. Joan Braderman, director and narrator, follows her dream of becoming a filmmaker to New York City in 1971. By lucky chance, she joins a feminist collective at the epicenter of the 1970's art world in lower Manhattan. In this first person account, The Heretics focuses on the Heresies Collective--which published Heresies; a feminist publication on art & politics from 1975-1992--as a microcosm of the larger international Women's Movement. The film describes how thousands of small intimate groups of women met together to consider their situation--as women in a man's world--and to devise strategies for unlocking their potential. c2009. 95 min. DVD X3803

Louder Than Our Words.
Focuses on women and civil disobedience. 32 min. Video/C 614

Women Make Movies catalog description

Mapping Feminism.
Directed by Lisa Robinson. Documentary film exploring the attitudes of students at the University of California, Berkeley concerning feminism and feminists. Interviews with students are interspersed with modern dance sequences. 1993. Video/C 3079

My Feminism
Interviews with leading feminist activists who claim that feminism is one of the most successful and significant revolutions of the late 20th century. They link equality, gender, race, reproductive rights, sexualities, women's health, abortion, parenting, poverty and power as interlocking planks of the feminist global agenda. Featuring Bell Hooks, Gloria Steinem, Urvashi Vaid. Directors, Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert. 1997. 55 min. DVD X6677; Video/C 6027

Women Make Movies catalog description

National Organization for Women: Women's Revolution
Founding members discuss history, goals & accomplishments of NOW. [197-?]

Listen to it (mp3)

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony.
A film by Ken Burns. Presents the history of women's suffrage through the dramatic, often turbulent friendship between Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony who were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of a majority of American citizens. 93 min. 1999.

Part I: This first segment of a 2-part presentation covers the years from their youth up to the establishment of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1868. 93 min. Video/C 6600

Part II: This final segment of a 2-part presentation covers the years from the establishment of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1868 to the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution in 1919 which gave women the vote. 51 min. Video/C 6601

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Not One of the Boys.
Traces the influence and political campaigning of women in the 1984 national election. Focuses on Geraldine Ferraro and Mary Mochary. 60 min. Video/C 858

One Woman, One Vote.
Documents the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage which culminated in the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. It illuminates the alliances, infighting, betrayals and defeats that paved the way for victory in the battle for women's right to vote. Historical footage is enhanced with vocal performances, and interviews with historians provide the viewer with both current and historical perspectives. Writer/producer/director, Ruth Pollak. c1995. 109 min. DVD X1153 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3886

Ripples of Change
A history of the Women's Liberation Movement in Japan illustrated by archival film and photos, presenting interviews with present and former members who describe the social influences exerted by traditional Japanese mores. Also makes a comparison with the American movement. 1993. 57 min. Video/C 9434

Women Make Movies catalog description

Running in High Heels
Follows the political campaign of Emily Csendes, an engaging but inexperienced 29 year-old woman, as it posits the question: Should women vote for women, regardless of politics? Interwoven with Emily's story are a chorus of powerful women from the left and right of American politics, from conservative old-timer Phyllis Schlafly to Rosalind Wiseman, whose books begat the movie 'Mean girls'. Produced and directed by Maryann Breschard. 2005. 90 min. DVD 9993

Seneca Reflections: Celebrating 150 Years of Woman's Rights
At the 150th anniversary of the First Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, participants were asked to put the 1848 convention in perspective for a contemporary audience. This is a rare tribute to the remarkable women, past and present, whose lives have furthered the cause of women's rights. Voices of: Betty Friedan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donna Shalala, Sally Roesch Wagner, Judy Wellman, Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, and Karen Staser, Madeline Hansen, Judith Wollman, Melanie Stetson Freeman, Margaret Rogers. 1998. 24 min. Video/C 7316

Shoulder to Shoulder.
Originally a television series in 1974. Based on letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, speeches, and court and prison records, this series commemorates the campaign for woman's suffrage in Great Britain from the 1800's to 1918. Series created by Midge Mackenzie, Verity Lambert, Georgia Brown 6 parts - 68 min ea. Video/C 1272

Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement.
Traces the gradual emergence of contemporary feminism in the United States from 1941 to 1977 through the life stories of eight women, six of whom became founding members of NOW. The participants describe the labor, civil rights, and political movements of the 1940s and 50s that led them to take independent action for women in this personal view of the women on feminism's front lines. c1998. 56 min. Video/C 7078

The Suffrage Victory [sound recording]
Dramatized narration of the tumultuous events that led to passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Includes readings from Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers. Radio program, originally broadcast in 1958. 30 min. Sound/C 1650

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics. This rare and wonderful assemblage of silent era footage opens a historic window on how filmmakers on both sides of the women's suffrage issue used the exciting new medium to create powerful propaganda and images about women. Through clips from films like 'A lively affair' (1912), 'A busy day' (1914), and 'What 80 million women want' (1913), the film raises key issues about the struggle for gender equality and the portrayal of women in the media, which remain as fascinating, engaging, and relevant today as yesterday. 36 min. DVD X1309

Thoroughly Modern.
Originally a segment of 60 Minutes. Reporter Morley Safer interviews U.S. Representative Millicent Fenwick of New Jersey. 1981. 14 min. Video/C 379

Women Against Women.
Presents choices women have for leading their lives. Documents some of the choices, and outlines the women's movement and reactions to it. 1978. 30 min. Video/C 73

Women and the Law.
Barbara A. Brown and Ann E. Freedman, associated with the Women's Law Project, Philadelphia, talk about the provisions of the Equal Rights Amendment and their effect on State law. 197?. 30 min. Video/C 27

Women for America, for the World.
Twenty-two prominent American women challenge the economic and political realities of the arms race. 1986. 29 min. Video/C 1550

Women Negotiate: Her Place at the Table.
Experienced women negotiators discuss techniques and strategies they use to achieve successful outcomes when involved in high stakes negotiations in business and the public sector. c1989. 30 min. Video/C 1744

Women for Peace.
Covers the founding of the organization, Women For Peace, and many of the first peace demonstrations that it sponsored. Film covers 1961 and 1962 anti-nuclear demonstrations in California and Nevada and other activities of the group. A film by Harvey Richards. 24 min DVD 4243; also VHS Video/C 2793

Women in Politics.
Profiles of six women politicians: Corazon Aquino, president of the Philippines; Tatyana Zaslavskaya, the "inventor of perestroika and one of Gorbachov's closest advisors; Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominca; Simone Veil one of France's most popular politicians and pioneer legislator for women's reproductive rights; Dr. Gudrun Agnardottir, member of the Icelandic Parliament. 1989. Six videotapes, 40 min each. Video/C 3375-3376

Women in Politics (Listening to America with Bill Moyers)
Moyers queries writers, theologians, philosophers, activists and ordinary citizens around the country, focusing on the public and private concerns of the American people in an election year. This program focuses on the role of women in politics. c1992. 60 min. Video/C 2929

Women and Violence / Pornography

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
Tells the true story of the first female serial killer in the U.S., Aileen Wuornos, and the opportunists who used her story. They include the born-again Christian woman who adopted Aileen while she was on trial and then sold Aileen's story, the lawyer who convinced Aileen to plead no contest, and Aileen's lesbian lover who got her to confess. Producer/director, Nick Broomfield. 1992. 87 min. Video/C MM229

American Porn
With adult movies and magazines, retail store sales and the growth of the Internet, pornography is one of the hottest industries in America. This investigative report examines the forces behind the recent explosion of sexually explicit material available in American society and the pending political battle that may engulf the multi-billion dollar pornography industry. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline. c2002. 60 min. Video/C 9048

Because I Loved Him.
A teenage girl tells her story of being in a physically abusive relationship, how she coped with it, and finally acted to stop her boyfriend's abuse. 1994. 4 min. Video/C 4175

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Call It What It Is.
By establishing a relationship between personal experiences with domestic violence and the media's coverage of the same issue, this tape challenges the viewer to examine the social forces which contribute to violence against women and children in the home. Film explores the ways the media's representation of domestic violence tends to obscure the seriousness of this social epidemic. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 3639

Crime After Crime
In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, California passed a law allowing incarcerated domestic violence survivors to reopen their cases. This documentary follows two attorneys who take Debbie's case and strive to attain testimonies of long-lost witnesses, proof of perjured evidence, and new testimonies from the men who committed the murder. Produced and directed by Yoav Potash. c2011. 93 min. DVD X6844

Cry Pain, Cry Anger.
Interweaves the stories of three women college students who have suffered through and dealt with the pain of date-rape. A film by Caroline Gartner. 1995. 14 min. DVD 9828 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM829

The Date Rape Backlash: The Media and the Denial of Rape.
A critical examination of how media portrayal of date rape has evolved within a span of five years from portraying date rape as an epidemic to a view of date rape as feminist victim oriented propaganda.1994. 58 min. Video/C 3549

Description from Media Education Foundation filmcatalog

Defending Our Lives.
Shows the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This video features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies. Each of these women tells her own horrific tale of beatings, rape and torture at the hands of her husband or boyfriend. Directed by Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich and Stacey Kabat. 1993. 31 min. DVD X2232; Video/C 3391

Description from Cambridge Documentary catalog

Demarcations
Uses the female body as a landscape to explore memories of a rape. The filmaker focuses on ways in which identity and eroticism are played out on the level of the body. A film by by Kym Ragusa. c1992. 5 min. Video/C MM245

Domestic Violence
An extensive documentary on domestic violence filmed in Tampa, Florida. The film shows the police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. Sequences with the police include police response, intervention and attempted resolution. Sequences at the shelter include intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings and conversations among clients and between clients and staff, therapy sessions for children where domestic violence is discussed and counseling for parents and children organized around children's issues and experiences with domestic violence. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 2001. 196 min. DVD 8739; vhs Video/C 8984

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Description from Zipporah Films catalog

Domestic Violence II
Domestic violence 2 focuses primarily on the legal issues. It takes place in the Arraignment, Misdemeanor, and Injunction Courts in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. The courts deal with such issues as bail, bonds, release pending trial, the time and place of parental visits, restraining orders, support payments and the court's decision about fault and punishment. Judges and lawyers ask questions which elicit the stories of couples' relationships and the specific form of violence between them. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 2002. 160 min. DVD X7228; Video/C MM1073

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A Drug Called Pornography.
Takes a detailed look at the negative side-effects to the use of pornography: addiction to pornography, sex mis-education, desensitization, conditioning and acting out. The film also explores adrenaline junkies and drug users to help explain how it is possible to become physically addicted to pornography. Includes candid interviews with pornography users, convicted sex offenders describing the influence of pornography on their behavior, survivors of sexual abuse, experts and authors who investigate pornographic issues. 2000. 58 min. Video/C 7234

Fishing for Father.
A fictionalized portrait of wife abuse in an Asian American family and how childhood experiences affect one's actions as an adult. 1993. 13 min. Video/C 3747

Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography
Profiles several women who are committed to making and supporting pornography while maintaining their feminist values - as they take on the entire industry, fight sexism, and challenge stereotypes. Featuring Greta Christina (author & general manager of http://www.blowfish.com), Veronica Hart (adult film actress & director), Nina Hartley (adult film actress & director), Dr. Sharon Mitchell (expert in human sexuality & safe sex advocate), Tristan Taormino (filmmaker, sex educator & columnist), SIR Vodei, Fabula Magazine. Special features: character updates (Nina Hartley, Greta Christina, SIR Video, Tristan Taormino, Dr. Sharon Mitchell, Veronica Hart, Fabula Magazine); optional audio commentary (by director Becky Goldberg); filmmaker bio (of director Becky Goldberg). Directed and edited by Becky Goldberg. 2002. 37 min. DVD 9899

If Hope Were Enough.
Documents how women victims and survivors of crime have suffered in conflict and non-conflict situations around the world and examines the options available to women. It presents the International Criminal Court as one of the promising avenues of justice that women can avail themselves of in the future. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2000. 9 min. DVD 3268

Witness web site

No!: Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Community
Provides a comprehensive lens through which to examine the impact of sexual violence on Black women and girls -- calling to task in particular, the behaviors and attitudes of Black men in reinforcing a cultural assault...No! includes messages from violence prevention advocates as well as testimonials from survivors who defy victimization. Written, and directed by Aishah Shahidah Simmons. 2006. 92 min. DVD 6620

Description from California Newsreel catalog

No Lies
The film unfolds as a conversation between a male interviewer and a young woman who has recently been raped. The interviewer's probing questions strip away the woman's defenses, offering an intimate view of the trauma suffered by a rape victim as she confronts the police, her doctor, her friends, and her conscience. A film by Mitchell Block. 1972. 16 min. Video/C MM264

Not a Love Story: A Film about Pornography.
Shows pornography in various forms and explores its affect on individuals and on society. 1991. 69 min. Video/C 2450

Patently Offensive: Porn Under Siege.
New technologies have catapulted pornography into a $10 billion industry ; despite sustained attacks from feminist and groupd traditionally concerned about the moral environment, porn profits soar. This film examines pornography in its social and historical context, and the debate about pornography that touches many of today's issues: individual rights, censorship, feminist theory, artistic freedom and family values. Written and produced by Harriet Koskoff; co-directors, Blair Gershkow, Harriet Koskoff. 1992? 58 min. DVD X7096; Video/C 2760

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Perversion for Profit(1965)
This propaganda film is a full-blown attack on the pornography industry. Its main thesis is, pornography corrupts and perverts the mind. The film makes outrageous and ridiculous claims (i.e. "75-90% of all pornography bought ends up in the hands of children"). Using fear tactics to make its case against pornography the investigation varies from rape, to homosexuality, to sexual transmitted diseases, to illegitimate births. As a secondary persuasion method the film uses religion quoting the Bible several times. At the time the film was made in the 1965, pornography was a 2 billion a year industry and growing quite rapidly. Produced by Citizens for Decent Literature, Inc. DVD 9757

Pornography: Andrea Dworkin.
An expose of the pornography industry and its implications for wider questions of sexuality and violence--not so much a portrait of feminist activist Andrea Dworkin, as an account of the struggle she and other women are waging against what they perceive as a radical social evil. Originally broadcast in 1991 as a segment of: Omnibus. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1995. 52 min. Video/C 6893

Pornography: The Double Message.
An Analysis of the effect of pornography and violent sex in films on the youth of Toronto. Comments on the types of censorship in other countries. 1985. 39 min. Video/C 1445

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Pornography: The Double Message.
An analysis of the effect of pornography and violent sex in films on the youth in Toronto. Comments on the types of censorship in Sweden, and England, and the lack of it in the United States. 1985. 39 min. Video/C 1445

Pornography: The Secret History of Civilization.
"From the walls of Pompeii to the Internet...2,000 years of sex." A hard hitting in-depth look at the history of pornography and its evolution through the advancement of technology. Featuring unprecedented access into the modern adult industry, this extensive program illuminates how pornography has been used, distributed and censored. c2006. 312 min. DVD 5239

Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America
An exploration of domestic abuse, which examines the persistence of violence against women in the U.S., through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, MN. Duluth was the birthplace of a revolution in the way society approaches battering, and the film tells the story of the leaders from Duluth who remain on the front lines today. The film also looks at the debate launched by researchers and academics who have challenged the Duluth approach. Produced and directed by Peter Cohn. Dist.: New Day Films. 2010. 64 min. DVD X3885

The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships
Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries, assuming an unprecedented role in the mainstream of our popular culture at the same time that its content has become more extreme and harsh, more overtly sexist and racist. The film moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate areas of our lives. Special features: "blurred" version of the film (edited for the classroom); "Chomsky on pornography" featurette (4 min.); "Donkey punch" featurette (2 min.). Produced and directed by Miguel Picker & Chyng Sun. 2008. 56 min. DVD X2118

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

Rape as a Weapon of War
Presents evidence that rape has become a conscious war strategy in many conflicts, including Bosnia, Kashmir, Iraq and Peru. Includes interviews with rape victims, soldiers, experts and activists in human rights. It also looks at the emergence of a global women's movement, which is trying to get rape classified as a "crime against humanity." Concludes with a music video about women's rights by the all women rap group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast September 8, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6692

Rape by Any Name.
Examines the issue of acquaintance rape with candid interviews with rape survivors, counselors and male and female college students. Boundaries and definitions are explored between consentual and coercive sex. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 3706

Rape Culture
Considers the phenomenon of rape in relation to the cultural and social forces that produce rapists and rape victims. Includes the opinions of convicted rapists, rape crisis center workers, and others associated with the problem. c1983. 35 min. Video/C 1118

Cambridge Documentary catalog description

Rape: Face to Face.
A documentary presenting a face to face confrontation between 4 rape victims and 4 convicted rapists as part of a treatment program for sex offenders. c1982. 57 min. Video/C 1446

Rate it X.
An ironic portrait of the American man and his stubborn sexual chauvinism. Filmmakers Lucy Winer and Paula de Koenigsberg used amazing interviews with a wide variety of men to reveal the deep rooted sense of machismo and the sexual double standards at work in our culture today. c1985. 57 min. Video/C 3360

Women Make Movies catalog description

Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within
This documentary explores the issue of sexual harrassment and rape of women in the United States military. The Pentagon has acknowledged receiving 3,000 reports of sexual mistreatment in one year alone. These female soldiers were not attacked by the Afghan or Iraqi "enemy," but by colleagues in their own platoons and sometimes by their own superior officers. Each year the number of reported sexual assaults has skyrocketed but not the number of convictions: only 2% of accused rapists are ever court-martialed. A film by Pascale Bourgaux. 29 min. DVD X4988

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Rule of Thumb: Order of Protection.
Missouri's Adult Abuse Act allows women to obtain an order of protection in two short court procedures. Five abused women and various police and court personnel explore the dynamics of abusive relationships. The film also provides a checklist for a woman to use when making a safety plan for herself and her children. 1989. 26 min. Video/C 7979

Sandra's Garden.
This program is a powerfully honest and intimate look at one woman's struggle to overcome the trauma of incest. It is a story of healing; of how women can work together to reshape and rebuild their lives. It is a testament to the courage, beauty and hopefulness of all survivors who are struggling to overcome the emotional devastation and physical pain of their childhood. 1993. 34 min. Video/C 2267

Searching for Angela Shelton
Filmmaker Angela Shelton sets out on a journey to meet every other Angela Shelton in America and through them survey the early 21st Century thoughts of American women. What she wasn't prepared for was learning that, like herself, 24 out of 40 Angela Sheltons she spoke to had been raped, beaten or molested. Then there was an Angela Shelton who tracked sexual predators and just happened to live in the same town as the filmmaker's father who molested her and her step-siblings for years. The filmmaker's survey of women becomes a journey of self discovery during which she decides to confront her past and her father. The Angela Sheltons complete the journey by teaching the filmmaker about forgiveness, faith and the power of the human spirit in all of us, no matter what your name is. 2004. 94 min. DVD 6033

Sex, Ties and Lots of Videotapes
A look at the Los Angeles' most successful porn companies, including how highend porn is produced, how the business is carried out, both on the sets and at the distribution level, and how much money is spent and earned. Includes excerpts from such directors as Michael Ninn, Philip Mond and James Avalon, with a concluding statement by Larry Flynt. A documentary by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman. 2006. 24 min. Video/C MM1004

Sin by Silence
From behind prison walls, the film reveals the lives of extraordinary women who advocated for a future free from domestic violence. Inside California's oldest women's prison, the first inmate-initiated and led group in the U.S. prison system was created by inmate Brenda Clubine to help abused women speak out and realize they are not alone. Over the past two decades, the women of CWAA, Convicted Women Against Abuse, have changed laws for battered women and raised awareness for those on the outside. The documentary tells the personal and shocking stories of these courageous women who have learned from their past, are changing their future, and most importantly, are teaching us how domestic violence affects each and every person. Directed & produced by Olivia Klaus. Special features (ca. 2 hrs.): "Violence and abuse" discussion clips (40 min.) -- "CWAA Meetings" clips (11 min.) -- "Batterer's perspective" featurette (14 min.)-- Law enforcement and corrections" discussion clips (22 min.) -- "Legal aspects" discussion clips (24 min.) -- "Faith-based" discussion clips (15 min.) -- "Brenda Clubine" clips (12 min.). c2009. 49 min. DVD X5646

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Speak Out!
Sexual violence has been recognised as a major problem in and around schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Evidence shows that it is a major barrier to accelerating progress in girls' education. This documentary captures the voices of young people in Swaziland speaking out against sexual abuse and highlights their efforts to combat gender-based violence. 2004. 17 min. DVD 6642

'Til Death Do Us Part
Takes the viewer on a journey with incarcerated battered women, as they relate their stories from first falling in love, through the abuse by their spouses, the murder, trial, parole process, and finally, for one woman, freedom. It is thought in our society that a woman can leave an abusive relationship at any time. However, the women in this film prove the contrary. They were under the age of 24, isolated from their families and had virtuallly no money. They all reached a point where there was a final beating in which the survival instinct prevailed. In these final moments, they snapped and killed. Produced and directed by Vita Lusty. Special features: Director's film notes ; short film "Cops to courts: saving our women" ; short film "Bybee" ; live performance video of Faith Nolan. c2008. 92 min. DVD 9573

War Zone
Filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West believes that for women, walking the streets is like traversing a mine field. The anxiety that is produced by gestures and verbal attacks (leers, taunts, catcalls, and misguided "compliments") are perceived by women as a threat to their safety and are a reminder of their powerlessness in society. Armed with a movie camera, Hadleigh-West recorded men in the act of harassing her on the city streets, filming 112 incidents of street abuse in 7 1/2 hours. War zone documents one woman's experience with this damaging behavior and attempts to define this phenomenon as well as raise the awareness of both men and women to this degrading and debilitating epidemic. c1993. 13 min. DVD 9542 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5559

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When Girls Do It.
This documentary reveals the human reality behind sexual abuse by women, the healing process for those who have survived abuse, and the need for treatment programs for female offenders. Powerful interviews with female sexual offenders and survivors of abuse, therapists, and psychologists reveal the devastating effects on the victims, acknowledge the enormity of such offenses and encourage victims to speak out against this under-reported crime. The documentary also delves into related issues including the long-held misconception that sexual abuse of children is exclusively a male crime. 2001. 46 min. Video/C MM360

Honor Killing

Fictional films dealing with honor killing

Bliss (Mutluluk) (Turkey / Greece, 2007) Directed by Abdullah Oguz. DVD X3332

The Protest (Eteraz) (Iran, 2000) Directed by Massoud Kimiayi. Video/C 999:3169

The Stoning of Soraya M. (USA, 2008) Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. DVD X2886

Dishonorable Killings: Punishing the Innocent
Investigative documentary on honor killings of women in Kurdish communities in southeastern Turkey. The film features compelling testimonies of women survivors in hiding, as well as candid interviews by male killers. The narrative thread juxtaposes the weight of tradition and community pressure against the courage of women who have the courage to take a stand and struggle to overcome ancient practices. Produced and directed by Richard Wolf. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. DVD X2414

In the Name of the Family
On December 10, 2007, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, Aqsa Parvez, was strangled to death, and her father and brother are charged with her murder. Three weeks later, teenage sisters, Amina and Sarah Said, were shot to death in Dallas; their father fled the country and is still wanted for murder. Six months later a 19-year-old college student was stabbed by her brother; he was convicted and is now in jail in New York. Friends and family of the murdered girls paint a chilling portrait of the forces that led to their deaths, and Toronto schoolgirls talk about their lives of constant fear. While Muslim women organize to help girls at risk and the Imam at a Toronto mosque teaches that violence has no basis in Islam, some men continue to justify these crimes through patriarchal beliefs about family honour. This documentary challenges the traditions that lie behind the heartbreaking tragedies committed against young girls caught between two cultures in North America. Directed, written and produced by Shelley Saywell. 2010. 60 min. DVD X7108

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Our Honour, His Glory: Honor Killing in the Palestinian Zone
In some Palestinian villages, honor is deemed of such importance that a father, brother or cousin is entitled to kill a woman if her morals are suspect. This film follows two cases of these so-called honor killings which are tacitly accepted, although Palestinians refuse to admit that women are killed for these reasons and human rights organizations remain silent on the problem. 1997. 28 min. Video/C 7892

Quest for Honor
Describes the practice of "honor killing" of women by male relatives for actions deemed dishonorable to their families in Kurdistan, Iraq, and highlights efforts by Kurdish activists to end the practice. Directed by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni. 2009. 67 min. DVD X7107
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Women and the Workplace / Economic Condition of Women

American Pimp
In this documentary Albert and Allen Hughes turn their cameras on the world of street pimps in variousAmerican cities. The Black urban pimps interviewed reveal their world and their secrets in a film that is all about power and money. These men exude charm and charisma and boast rock star status in their communities. People are lured by the glamour and money, only to be used as commodities and tossed out once they have passed their prime. Also traces the history of the street pimp from the 1920's to the present, and includes interviews with a woman who's legally employed at a Nevada brothel and her legal pimp. Drected by the Hughes Brothers. c1999. 87 min. Video/C DVD 2480

All of Our Lives.
Examines the plight of aging women, many of whom must face their later years stranded without a pension and financially insecure. c1984. 28 min. Video/C 2397

Blood, Sweat & Lace.
Examination of the working conditions of Asian American women garment workers who sew piece work in Oakland, California. Focuses on attempts by the workers to extract back wages from Jessica McClintoch Corporation, designer/distributor of the fashions they sew, after their subcontractor declared bankruptcy. 1994. 18 min. DVD 1329 [preservation copy]; also VHS Video/C 3601

Changing Images: Confronting Career Stereotypes.
Examines influence of sex role stereotypes in the career expectations of elementary school children. 1975. 16 min. Video/C 156

Chicken Ranch: A Legal Brothel in Nevada.
Documentary about the prostitutes employed on the Chicken Ranch, one of the 38 legal brothels in Nevada. A film by Nick Broomfield & Sandy Sissel. 1983. 84 min. DVD 5338; vhs Video/C 585

The Chilly Climate for Women In Colleges and Universities.
Women relate the pain they have felt at being excluded and undermined in their working and learning situations within colleges and universities. A text accompanies. c1991. 28 min. Video/C 2699

Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings.
3 parts: 10/11/91 & 10/15/91. Video/C 2170

Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain.
Discusses the Thomas confirmation hearings, the charges of sexual harrassment by Anita Hill, and the reactions from Afro-Americans.1992. 58 min. DVD 9213 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2773

Coal Mining Women.
Women coal miners tell of the economic conditions that led them to seek employment in the coal mines and problems encountered once hired. Directed by: Elizabeth Barret. 1982. Dist.: Appalshop. 40 min. Video/C 522

Counter Parts.
A documentary film about Dora Van Vyken, a restaurant owner in Hoboken, New Jersey, and her long-time employee Helen Frierhock. 1990. 10 min. Video/C 2124

Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service
Explores the demanding work that female servers engage in, through interviews with waitresses in Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Tokyo. Examines how gender, social standing, earning opportunities, and working conditions intersect in the restaurant industry. Directed by Maya Gallus. 2010. 70 min. DVD X6875

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Double Burden: Three Generations of Working Mothers.
A multicultural multigenerational look at mothers and work. Dist.: New Day Films. c1992. 56 min. Video/C 2926

Ecstasy Unlimited: The Interpenetrations of Sex and Capital
A montage of skits, songs, and narrated film clips depicting the close connections of economic, political, and social systems with sexuality. Specifically, the film discusses how a capitalist society, the United States, can shape the way we view sex and sexuality. 1985. 60 min. Video/C 5244

The Farmers Wife.
This film follows Juanita and Darrel Buschkoetter, a remarkable young Nebraska farm couple, to tell a compelling love story. Gleaned from more than 200 hours of film shot on location over three years, 'The farmer's wife' follows Juanita and Darrel as they face seemingly insurmountable economic hardship, only to confront an even greater challenge: repairing their damaged marriage. What emerges is an epic story of faith, perseverance, and triumph, and an indelible portrait of a real American family's struggle to hold onto their dreams and each other. 1998. 3 videocassettes (375 min.) Video/C 6115

Dawes, Gil."The Farmer's Wife." (Review) Sojourners v27, n5 (Sept-Oct, 1998):74 (2 pages).
Goodman, Walter. "Frontline: The Farmer's Wife." (television program reviews) New York Times v147 (Mon, Sep 21, 1998):B5(N), E5(L), col 1, 14 col in.
Leonard, John. "The Farmer's Wife." (television program reviews) New York v31, n36 (Sept 21, 1998):71.

Fast Food Women
Looks at the lives of the women who prepare the food at four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. These women, mostly middle-aged with children to raise, are often the sole source of income for their families. They work for salaries barely above minimum wage, have trouble getting full-time hours because of their employer's scheduling policies, and are without benefits. Scenes of women working at the various restaurants are included in this look at the other side of the counter. Directed by: Anne Lewis. Dist.: Appalshop. 28 min. c1991. Video/C 9702

Fragile Ladies.
Interviews with homeless women in New York City, interviews with two directors of homeless shelters and excerpts of commentary and speeches from the New York State Assembly public hearing on the homeless held on September 19, 1981. 25 min. Video/C 3935

Good Work, Sister: Women Shipyard Workers of World War II, An Oral History.
Women tell of their personal experiences in the shipyards at Portland, Or. and Vancouver, Wash., and the difficulties confronting them when they took over jobs during World War II which had traditionally been considered men's work in addition to their continuing responsibility for child-raising and housework. 1982.20 min. Video/C 4065

Hard Work: "To Make Both Ends Meet"
In 1888 the Main State Bureau of Industrial and Labor Statistics conducted a survey to assess working conditions for women in the state's shops and factories. The bureau hired Flora Haines, of Bangor to complete the survey. She spoke with the women in the workplace and handed out over 600 questionnaires. Hundreds of women responded discussing such issues as health and safety, wages and working hours, sanitary conditions and other matters. In this documentary the women's voices are brought to life again to tell the story of conditions for women both on and off the job in the latter part of the 19th century in Maine. Produced by Jim Sharkey. 2004. 59 min. Video/C MM477

The Hidden Army
Produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as an official war film in 1944. Using a mixture of dramatized events and newsreels, this film extols the work of women in industry during World War II. It was primarily made to get more women involved in the industrial sector of war work, since the number of women factory workers had actually declined in 1943. 17 min. DVD 8797; vhs Video/C MM494

Hill vs. Thomas
Archival footage covering the events surrounding the Judiciary Committee and Senate hearings regarding Anita Hill's sexual harrassment accusations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, with four CBS News correspondents providing their firsthand insights into the case. Originally broadcast on the CBS program I remember, November 18, 1997. Dist.: Films Media Group. 45 min. Video/C 7841

Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.
Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. Includes topics of sex discrimination, the women's movement, and the role of movies and radio in helping mold public opinion during World War II. A film by Connie Field. Dist. Clarity Films. c1987. 65 min. DVD X1308; Video/C 1927

Devilbiss, M. C. "The life and times of Rosie the Riveter" Women's Studies International Forum; 1982, Vol. 5 Issue 3-4, p389, 2p
Fishbein, Leslie. "Rosie the Riveter: A Review." Film & History, Feb1982, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p17-20, 4p UC users only
Frank, Miriam. The life and times of Rosie the Riveter : the story of three million working women during World War II. Emeryville, Calif. : Clarity Educational Productions, 1982. (MAIN: D810.W7 F74; Storage Info: C 2 940 936 MORR: D810.W7 F74; MOFF: D810.W7 F74)
Kessler-Harris, Alice. ""Rosie The Riveter": Who Was She?" Labor History, Spring83, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p249, 5p UC users only
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Milkman, Ruth. "The life and times of Rosie the Riveter" Labor Studies Journal, Fall83, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p162, 2p
Sorrel, Lorraine. "Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter." Off Our Backs. Washington: Jun 30, 1981. Vol. 11, Iss. 6; pg. 25UC users only
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White, Mimi. "Rehearsing Feminism: Women/History in The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter and Swing Shift." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

Lioness
A feature-length documentary about 5 female U.S. Army soldiers who served in Iraq as support, but were attached to all-male infantry units in the Army and Marines. Lioness recounts their experiences at war and what it is like to return home as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans. Interviewees, Rebecca Nava, Katherine Pendry Guttormsen, Anastasia Breslow, Ranie Ruthig, Shannon Morgan. Special features: 56 min. classroom version, 9 bonus features and trailer, plus PDFs of discussion guide and Team Lioness: American servicewomen in Iraq. Directed by Meg McLagan and Daria. 2010. 82 min. DVD X4692

Maid in America
An intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three of the nearly 100,000 domestic workers living in that city today. Judith hasn't seen her four daughters for the two years since she left Guatemala, but hopes to give them a better future by sending half her income back home. Telma, from El Salvador, has cared for the now six-year-old Mickey since he was a baby, essentially becoming his 'mom' so his mother can keep her career on track. Eva, one of the thousands of college-educated immigrants who have fled Mexico's unstable economy, is attending night school to improve her skills, and views housekeeping as a necessary transition.These women's stories vividly reveal how immigrants are redefining their roles, and underscores the vital role they play in many American households. The issue of worker's rights is introduced in the film through Dynamic Workers, a collective of women who have formed their own business to provide job security and benefits, and Domestic Workers Association, a support organization providing information and advocacy. Produced & directed by Anayansi Prado. 2004. 58 min. DVD X2389; vhs Video/C MM507

Motherhood Manifesto
Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and families in America. See how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal health care, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families. Introduction (10 min.) -- Maternity/paternity leave (7 min.) -- Open flexible work (10 min.) -- Television we choose & other after-school programs (5 min.) -- Health care for all kids (9 min.) -- Excellent childcare (7 min.) -- Realistic and fair wages (2 min.) -- Conclusion (6 min.) Based on the book: The motherhood manifesto, what America's moms want and what to do about it by Joan Blades & Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. Directed by Laura Pacheco; written by John De Graaf. 2006. 57 min. DVD 9235
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Phantom of the Operator.
This delightful found-footage film reveals a little-known chapter in labor history: the story of female telephone operators' central place in the development of global communications. Presents more than one hundred clips from rarely seen industrial, advertising and scientific management films produced in North America between 1903 and 1989 by Bell and Western Electric, transformed into a dreamlike montage documentary. As the first agents of globalization, this invisible army of women offered a way for companies to feminize and glamorize what was a highly stressful, underpaid and difficult job. Not merely 'Voices with a Smile,' telephone operators were test pilots for new management systems, and the face of shrewd public relations campaigns. As the work of operators has been eclipsed by the advent of automated systems, this artful piece of labor history also offers an insightful comment on women's work, industrialization and communications technology. A film by Caroline Martel. c2004. 66 min. DVD 4512

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Poor Kids : an intimate portrait of America's economic crisis
These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. It's home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation's breadbasket. But it's also an area deeply scarred by the Recession. Frontline spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families' struggles against financial ruin. The result is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it's rarely seen, through the eyes of children. Originally broadcast on Nov. 20, 2012 as a segment of Frontline. 2012 60 min. DVD X8627

Rewind: It Could Have Been Me.
Short animated film about a woman who has been changed from a productive, young working mother into an angry homeless person. It begins with the alienated woman living on the street, swearing at a passer-by and then moves backwards in time to the start of her decline, revealing the details of her life and how she came to live on the street. (Washington D.C.: National Coalition for the Homeless [distributor], c1993.) 14 min. Video/C 4460

Rosie the Riveter.(Homefront U.S.A.)
Focuses on the varied contributions of women during WWII from nursing to industry, signaling a significant change for women in American society. Also includes segments on SPARS, WAVES and WACS modeling their new uniforms, WAC mechanics servicing airplanes in Arizona and the presentation of Purple Hearts to parents of Japanese American soldiers. c1997. 55 min. Video/C 9024

Serving With Dignity
This documentary spotlights a usually ignored segment of working-class America: the women who make the food-service industry run. This film profiles three single, ethnic women who work as waitresses, the challenges they face daily, and how they feel about their jobs. Produced, directed and written by Gia M. Amella. 1996. 30 min. Video/C MM827

Sewing Woman.
This program tells the story of Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who worked in America's garment factories for over 30 years and her struggle, along with other Chinese women, to leave war-torn China for a new life in America. 1982?. 14 min. Video/C 1485

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Sex & Justice
Presents highlights from the dramatic confrontation between Senator Clarence Thomas and former colleague Anita Hill during the widely publicized Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991, paving the way for how people view sexual harassment in the workplace. 1993. 77 min. DVD X5718; Video/C 3185

Sexual Harassment.
A discussion on the topic taped by the Office of Media Services at UC Berkeley. 1989. Video/C 2047

Sexual Harassment 9 to 5
Looks at the legal and human side of sexual harassment in the workplace, portraying women whose lives were deeply affected by it. Shows the rights of women, the responsibilities of male workers and the companies which employ them, and some corporate efforts to help employees distinguish between romance, harassment, and sexual extortion. Discusses the changing laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace and how companies are responding and complying with them. Originally broadcast 1986 as a program in the documentary television series, Currents. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1988. 25 min. Video/C 6144

Sexual Harassment Hearing Compilation.
Compilation of testimony of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the October 1991 Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Thomas. 1991?. 122 min. Video/C 2530

Sexual Harassment on the Job.
Discussion about the problems of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination of women on the job. c1977. 29 min. Video/C 42

Shopping Bag Ladies.
Interviews with shopping bag ladies by Joan Guimmo, Jennifer Hand, and Louise Riskin. 1988. 45 min. Video/C 171

Street Sisters.
Examines the lives and attitudes of prostitutes in Belem, Brazil through interviews with women belonging to the 4,000 member organization GEMPAC: Prostitutes Group of Central Belem. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 199?. 21 min. Video/C 4546

Soldier Girls.
A documentary that captures the military experiences of a group of young women who have enlisted in the U.S. Army, assigned to Charlie Company at Fort Gordon in Georgia. Focuses on the women as they go through basic training and make, what is in most cases, a painful adjustment to military life. Produced and directed by Nicholas Broomfield and Joan Churchill. 1981. 87 min. DVD 5339; vhs Video/C 1132

Stripped and Teased: Tales from Las Vegas Women.
Documentary on life in Las Vegas as seen by women in various occupations. Each woman is first seen on the job, describing what her work entails. Ensuing segments of the film take the women to other settings, where they talk about a broad spectrum of activities and concerns: gambling, housing, family life, personal relationships, leisure-time activities, and aspirations for the future. The documentary also includes images of Las Vegas as tourist mecca, with interviews with the stereotypical Las Vegas woman: showgirls and exotic dancers. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1998. 62 min. Video/C 7952

There's No Such Thing as Women's Work.
Gives a history of women's roles in the American work place, from the colonial period up to the present. Washington, D.C.: Women's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor ; National Women's History Project. 198?. 30 min. DVD X522 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1782

Take It From Me.
Follows four welfare mothers over the course of two years as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. Concludes that though many welfare recipients are motivated to go to work, many are not landing on their feet and there are no easy answers to the problems of welfare dependency. 2001. 75 min. Video/C 9731

Trade Secrets: Blue Collar Women Speak Out.
Four women, an ironworker, welder,sprinkler fitter, and electrician reveal how their lives changed when they entered into the traditional male world of skilled crafts.1985. 23 min. Video/C 906

Transnational Tradeswomen
Former construction worker Vivian Price spent years documenting the current and historical roles of women in the construction industry in Asia. She discovered that in many parts of Asia women have been doing construction labor for centuries, but development and the resulting mechanization are pushing them out of the industry. Shows that technological progress does not always result in gender equality or the alleviation of poverty. Directed by Vivian Price. 2006. 62 min. DVD 7918

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Triangle Fire
The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the gruesome culmination of years of unrest in America's most profitable manufacturing industry. Two years earlier, led by a spontaneous walkout in the same factory, twenty thousand garment workers, in the largest women's strike in American history, took to the streets of New York to protest working conditions. They gained the support of both progressives and leading women in New York's society. Directed by Jamila Wignot. Originally produced in 2011 as a segment on the television series American Experience. 60 min. DVD X5999

The Trouble with Women
The Trouble with Women is from McGraw-Hill Film's plant supervisor's problem series about the good points and drawbacks of women factory workers. 1959. DVD X5188

Type/caste: A Secretary with a Camera
Although the early 20th century "working girl" epitomized independence and modernity, by the end of the century the "secretary" had become the symbol of female subservience. This innovative documentary was shot and edited over a period of several years by a secretary working in downtown San Francisco. Loosely structured as a "day in the life" of a secretary, the film is a funny and compelling look inside the traditional female role in the American workplace. The film effectively interweaves narration, information on the history of clerical workers in the United States, interviews, the voices of secretaries, and provocative music, poetry, and performance to create a multilayered and highly discussible filmic essay that will stimulate thought and debate in a wide variety of courses in women's studies, labor studies, sociology, psychology, and American studies. Produced by Eileen Flanagan. c2002. 36 min. DVD X2630 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM543

Union Maids.
Presents an adaptation of the book entitled Rank and file by Alice Lynd, about the American labor movement in the 1930's. Relates the personal experiences of three militant women who tried to organize laborers in this period. Each recalls the Depression and the intolerable conditions through which they lived and worked. They discuss the role of women in labor unions then and now, the relationship to the Women's Liberation Movement, and the future of labor unions in the United States. A film by Julia Reichert. Dist.: New Day Films. 1976. 48 min. Video/C 4705

We Dig Coal, a Portrait of Three Women.
Shows how, through courage, determination, and persistence, Mary Louise Carson, Bernice Domroski, and Marilyn McCusker won jobs in a man's world as coal miners in Pennsylvania. 1981. 58 min. Video/C 912

What You Take for Granted
Interweaving interviews with a narrative about the developing friendship between a truck driver and a doctor, explores the social and psychological contradictions of women working in nontraditional blue-collar and professional jobs. Written, produced and directed by Michelle Citron. 1983. 75 min. DVD 8456

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Who's Counting?: Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics
Elected to the New Zealand parliament at the age of 22 and subsequently re-elected three times, Waring has become the foremost spokesperson for global feminist economics. In this program, divided thematically into 15 chapters, Waring challenges the myths of economics, its elitist stance, and our tacit compliance with political agendas that masquerade as objective economic policy. c1995. 53 min. Video/C 4382

The Willmar 8: A Film About Working Women.
Tells about the eight women who went on strike in Willmar, Minn., because of employment discrimination. Tells how they formed their own independent union and that even though they lost, they found new strength. 1977. 55 min. 3/4" UMATIC. Video/C 339

With Babies and Banners: A History of the Women's Emergency Brigade.
Combines archival footage and interviews tracing the role of women in the formation of the United Auto Workers. Focuses on the contributions of the Women's Emergency Brigade to the labor movement of the 1930's. Producers, Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb, Lorraine Gray. Dist.: New Day Films. 1978. 45 min. Video/C 380

Borda, J. L. "Feminist critique and cinematic counterhistory in the documentary With Babies and Banners." Women's Studies in Communication, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 157-182, 2005 UC users only

With Silk Wings: Asian American Women at Work.
Presents profiles of four women role models, ten women in non-traditional jobs and students talking about their concerns. 1983-1985. 4 parts, 30 min. each. Video/C 514

Women at War, From the Home front to the Front Lines.
Through selected newsreel footage details the vital contributions of American women to the war effort. Looks at the frequently forgotten history of WAC's, WAVE's and other all-women military units' work, nurses serving oversees and women workers in defense plants helping to perform America's miracle of war production. Hosted by Eric Sevareid and Edwin Newman. 1989. 45 min. Video/C MM478

Women in the Workforce & Gender Films
This compilation features films about women in the workforce during the 1940s and 1950s. Gender roles have evolved substantially since these films were made, but the old gender biases run rampant through this collection. In many of the films, women are portrayed as emotional, troublesome workers, who should be relegated to secretarial and clerical work. Disc 1. Supervising women workers (1944) (11 min.) -- The bright young newcomer (1958) (6 min.) -- Office etiquette (1950) (13 min.) -- Office courtesy: meeting the public (1952) (11 min.) -- The front line (1965) (15 min.). Disc 2. You can tell by the teller (1945) (18 min.) -- I want to be a secretary (1941) (16 min.) -- The secretary's day (1947) (11 min.) -- Women working in a factory [Undated, silent] (5 min.). DVD 8281

Women: The New Poor.
1990. Divorced women and single mothers who lack skills and opportunities for economic self-sufficiency represent the alarming feminization of poverty in the US. This documentary follows the lives of four women in Connecticut who have becomepoor in various ways and explores how they cope with poverty. A film by Bea Milwe. 28 min. Video/C 3345

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Working Women of the Worlds (Ouvrieres du monde)
Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., this documentary follows the relocation of garment production from Western countries to nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent. It looks at the working conditions of these third world employees and also presents the stories of their western counterparts who are losing their jobs. A film by Marie France Collard, 2000. 53 min. Video/C 9478

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The Workplace Hustle.
Explores the issue of sexual harassment of women in the workplace. Features Lin Farley, an expert on the topic, and actor Ed Asner. 1980. 30 min. 3/4" UMATIC. Video/C 430

Women of Color/Immigrant Women in the US

Adelante Mujeres!
Spanning five centuries, this comprehensive video focuses exclusively on the history of Mexican-American/Chicana women; as the center of their families, as activists in their communities and as contributors to American history. c1992. 30 min. DVD X6683; Video/C 2727

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Alice Walker: A Conversation with Alice Walker.
Alice Walker discusses her life, contemporary America, the "womanist" perspective, and reads from her poetry. 1992. 30 min. Video/C 2544

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Alice Walker: A Portrait in the First Person.
Interview with the author. Walker discusses issues including family violence and the position of black women in America. 1988. 30 min. Video/C 1407

Alice Walker on Zora Neale Hurston.
Discussion and reading at the American Poetry Archives, San Francisco State University, 10/20/80. (running time not listed) DVD 9809 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1222

And Still I Rise.
Prominent black women comment on the history and experiences of the Afro-American slave woman in white European society. Includes interviews with Caron Wheeler (singer), Buchi Emecheta (novelist), Stella Dadzie (writer) along with many others. 1993. 30 min. DVD X6681; Video/C 3368

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As I Remember It: A Portrait of Dorothy West.
This portrait of author West provides a fascinating glimpse into the African American middle class in the 20's and the New Negro Movement. Explores the forgotten role of women in the Harlem Renaissance. Directed by Salem Mekuria. c1991. 56 min. DVD X6679; Video/C 3373

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Assimilation, A Simulation.
Follows a Chinese woman, Windy Chien, in her attempt to assimilate herself into American society by changing her appearance to fit the images of beauty and desirability. She portrays the dilemma of internalized expectations in regard to definitions of beauty and gender roles. c1992. 14 min. Video/C 3832

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Because I Loved Him.
A teenage girl tells her story of being in a physically abusive relationship, how she coped with it, and finally acted to stop her boyfriend's abuse. 1994. 4 min. Video/C 4175

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Big Mama.
Depicts Viola Dees, a devoted, 89-year old grandmother, in her struggle to raise her orphaned 9-year old grandson in South Central Los Angeles. She must contend with her own declining health and a bureaucratic and legal system that continually threatens to force them apart. 40 min. Video/C 9420

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Black, Bold & Beautiful: Black Women's Hair
Explores some of the tangled dilemmas surrounding black hairstyles -- to "relax" one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it "natural" and nappy -- choices which raise questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity. This informative primer examines the importance of various hairstyles to Afro-American women and how these styles define the personal identity of each woman. Director, Nadine Valcin 1998. 40 min. DVD X6682; Video/C 7978

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Black Hair and Black-eyed
A film by Julie Whang.From what sources does a young Korean-American lesbian draw her sense of identity? er mother, from fashion magazines, from the boy she dances with, or the girl she sleeps with, or her own barren apartment? 1994. 9 min. Video/C 5215

Black Women On: The Light, Dark Thang.
Explores the politics of color within the African-American community. Afro-American women, representing a variety of hues, speak candidly about the longstanding "caste system" that permeates black society and share personal stories about how being too light or too dark has profoundly influenced their life and relationships. A film by Celeste Crenshaw and Paula Caffey. c1999. 52 min. DVD X6717; Video/C 7982

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Black Women, Sexual Politics and the Revolution
Black feminist women speak candidly on issues of sex, class and gender roles. The film examines how African American women deal with issues of poverty, battering, and lack of health care, and addresses how women's roles in community activism are often overlooked or ignored. Also examines the media portrayal of Afro-American women with an emphasis on the representation of Black women in music videos. 1991. 30 min. Video/C 5578

Black Women Writers
A discussion dealing with criticism by black men that black women writers have achieved their success by focusing criticism on black males. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 28 min. Video/C 4252

The Body Beautiful.
Film situated in England examines the relationship between a Caucasian mother and her bi-racial Caucasian/Nigerian daughter. Written & directed by Ngozi Onwurah. 1991. 23 min. DVD X6684; Video/C 3274

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Chicana.
Employs Mexican murals, rare photographs, prints, and documentary footage to trace the traditional and the emerging roles of Mexican/Chicanas from pre-Columbian times to the present, showing how women have made important contributions as workers, mothers, activists, educators, leaders, and in numerous other ways, despite their generally oppressed status in the Latino culture. 23 min. DVD X6709; Video/C 3342

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Rashkin, Elissa J. "Historic Image/Self Image: Re-Viewing Chicana." In: Sex Positives? The Cultural Politics of Dissident Sexualities. Edited by Thomas Foster, Carol Siegel, and Ellen E. Berry. pp: 97-119. New York: New York University Press, c1997. (Main Stack HQ471.S495 1997)

Chicano Park.
The history and culture of the Chicano people, who were involved in the establishment of Chicano Park, San Diego, Calif. in 1978. 59 min. Video/C 1294

Ryan, Susan. "Chicano Park." (movie reviews) Cineaste v19, n1 (Wntr, 1992):66.

Concerns of American Indian Women.
Dr. Connie Redbird Uri, of the Choctaw Cherokee Tribe, and Marie Sanchez, Chief Judge of the Northern Cheyenne, discuss problems of American Indian women such as poor health care, forced sterilization and lack of control over their own affairs. They also talk about the proposed installation of more coal gasification plants near Indian reservations. 1977. 29 min. Video/C 36

Covered Girls
Documentary offering a look at the real lives of three American Muslim teenage girls. The film documents the daily experience of Kiren who coaches her high school basketball team, Amnah who has a black belt in Karate, and Tavasha who is cutting a CD of original rap songs. Their traditional clothing allows them to understand prejudices and to speak out about their faith, especially after 9/11, when people spat upon, pushed and threatened them. They are quite happy that their dress allows men to look at them as people instead of as sex objects. The film follows the girls from a Harlem recording studio to a Brooklyn mosque, revealing typical teenagers suddenly caught in a tug-of-war between religious extremism and the American dream. Directed by Janet McIntyre and Amy Wendel. c2002. 22 min. DVD X4666

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Cycles.
Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action to discover a film language unique to African American women. The multilayered soundtrack combines a chorus of women's voices, with the music of Africa and the diaspora--including Miriam Makeba, acappella singers from Haiti, and trumpetiste Clora Bryant. c1989. 17 min. Video/C 4901

The Empire's New Clothes.
Investigates the situation in sweatshops in New York City where thousands of women, primarily recent immigrants from Chinese and Latino communities, are sewing garments under dangerous and unfair labor conditions, which often lead to psychological exhaustion, permanent disability and even death. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2002. 40 min. DVD 3264 A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2000. 00 min. DVD 3266

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Four Hundred Years Without a Comb
A documentary/drama in African American history and tradition as told through various combs. Beauty is a big part of Africa and its people around the globe. The advent of slavery and the lack of combs and the ability to groom caused a social, individual, health, and spiritual death for the slaves giving rise to inferiority attitudes regarding hair, skin, nose and lips still present in African-Americans of today. In this film the emphasis is on the hairdressing of African-American women as a manifestation of this "inferior seed". Based on a book of the same title by Willie L. Morrow, published in 1973. 60 min. Video/C 7523

Girls in White Dresses
This documentary follows the debutante season of six middle-class African-American young women in Oxnard, California. The film explores the history of the debutante tradition in the African-American community and whether it is still a valid "rite of passage" for young women today. Directed by Ronisa Wilkins Shoate. c2009. 27 min. DVD X4989

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Gloria Naylor: A Conversation with Gloria Naylor.
Gloria Naylor reads from her works and discusses the value and difficulty of maintaining an African American identity in a world dominated by whites. 21 min. 1992. Video/C 2542

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Good Hair
Comedian Chris Rock tackles the very personal issue of hair, and how attaining good hair can impact African American's activities, relationships, wallets, and a self-esteem. Engages in frank, funny conversations with haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as featuring interviews with Dr. Maya Angelou, Nia Long, Ice-T, Raven Symone, and more. Directed by Jeff Stilson. 2009. 95 min. DVD X2652

The Grace Lee Project
Pursuing the moving target of Asian-American female identity, filmmaker Grace Lee, in a clever, highly unscientific investigation visits with Asian American women named "Grace Lee," from a fiery social activist to a rebel who tried to burn down her high school. With wit and charm, the film puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question "What's in a name?" A film by Grace Lee. 2005. 68 min. DVD 4872

Great Girl.
This film follows Kim Su Theiler who came to America as a child adoptee, as she returns to Korea looking for her birth mother. Drawn from personal experience, this film is an evocative and poetic drama about al and cultural disorientation. A film by Kim Su Theiler. 1994. 14 min. Video/C 5230

Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People
An animated satire on the question of self image for African American women from the perspective of hair styling. Lively tunes and witty narration accompany a quick-paced inventory of relaxers, gels and curlers, rituals all-too familiar to African American women, and indeed to all women confronted with an unattainable ideal of beauty. 1985. 10 min. Video/C 7977

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I Is A Long-memoried Woman: Based on a Collection of Poems by Grace Nicols.
Based on a collection of poems by Guyanese British writer, Grace Nicols, this program chronicles the history of slavery thru the eyes of Caribbean women. Presented through a combination of monologue, dance and song. Directed by Frances-Anne Solomon. 199?. 50 min. DVD X6715; Video/C 3371

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Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice.
From the PBS series, The American Experience. Chronicles the life of Ida B. Wells, an early black activist who protested lynchings, unfair treatment of black soldiers, and other examples of racism. c1989. 58 min. Video/C 1539

Identifiable Qualities: A Film on Toni Morrison.
Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning black novelist Toni Morrison. 1990. 26 min. Video/C 2346

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Issei Wahine= First Generation Women
Film examines labor and family history of Koma Kokubun, who immigrated from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands to work in the cane fields over seventy years ago. As a laborer during the Sugar Era in plantation Hawaii, her story is told through "talk stories" told to her granddaughter, archival photos, silent plantation footage and personal fotos. Includes Hole-hole bushi, Japanese plantation work songs, and Hapa-haole, Hawaiian music. c1991. 23 min. Video/C 3823

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Japanese American Women: A Sense of Place.
The stereotype of the polite, docile, exotic Asian woman is shattered in this documentary in which a dozen women speak about their experiences as part of the "model minority." c1991. 28 min. Video/C 3372

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Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way
Explores the fascinating life of the tap dancer, Jeni LeGon who overcame barriers to become the first Black woman to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. She subsequently appeared in over a dozen films, yet despite her talent, there were many hard lessons to be learned in a segregated Hollywood. This film showcases the path that Jeni forged for herself and the gift of inspiration that she gave a generation of dance students. The film includes interviews with the tap dancer Fayard Nicholas and archival footage of the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 7464

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Just a Love Thang.
Three sensual vignettes portraying aspects of Asian Pacific lesbian lifestyles and concerns. 1994. 7 min. Video/C 3750

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Knowing Her Place.
An Indian woman looks at her life, her marriage, and her role in contemporary society both India and the Untied States. A film by Indu Krishnan. 1990. 40 min. DVD X3854; Video/C 2198

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Letter Back Home.
A rare and uncompromising look at life in the United States for some Laotian and Cambodian youth. Shot in San Francisco's "inner city" Tenderloin District, this video letter contains topics of concern for all in this American democracy. 1994. 14 min. Video/C 4187

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Lockin' Up
By letting her hair coil into dreadlocks, Jamaican-born filmmaker, T. Nicole Atkinson, challenges society's and her own conflicted notions of beauty. Surveys the origins and cultural significance of dreadlocks, including the stereotypes which reflect the racism inherent in Western standards of beauty. c1997. 29 min. Video/C 8085

Mah Jong Orphan.
A real life film focusing on the widening chasm between a Chinese mother, Suzane, a first generation immigrant, and her daughter, Lilly, who is eager to fit in with her Caucasian friends and rejects her mother's values. Suzan talks of her disappointment at Lilly's choice of a non-Chinese husband, while Lilly, to her own surprise discovers a need to pass on her cultural heritage to her son, who eventually heals the rift between the generations. 1994. 45 min. Video/C 3962

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Maxine Hong Kingston: Talking Story.
This video is about the life and writings of the contemporary Chinese-American author, Maxine Hong Kingston. Narrated by B.D. Wong, it includes comments by Kingston, other authors, and literary critics. Also includes readings by Kingston from her works, The Woman Warrior, China Men, and Tripmaster Monkey. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 2168

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Me, Mom & Mona.
In this documentary Chinese Canadian women of the Shum family, a mother and her two daughters, share in a discussion that reveals the impact of conflicting values. Patriarchal expectations imposed by cultural traditions and by Mr. Shum clash with each woman's independent identity and feminist aspirations. 1993. 20 min. Video/C 4177

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Memories of Tata.
A film by Sheldon Schiffer. Traces the creation and dissolution of the Adam Morales family. Adam Morales describes his relationships with his wife, his daughters, and with other women. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1993. 51 min. Video/C 5100

Middle Passage-n-roots
Attitudes about hair and its connection to self-image and self-worth are examined in this insightful documentary. Afros, processed, corn rows, braids and dreds are all explored and explained in this look at the love/hate relationship African-Americans have with their hair. Directed, produced and written by Ada M. Babino. c1995 30 min. DVD 9540 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7451

The Mirror Lied
How does a young African American woman deal with the ideals of feminine beauty imposed by a white society? This film shows the struggle of the filmmaker's fifteen-year-old sister, Jantre, to accept her appearance. Though she spends an hour each day trying to tame her unruly hair, she never feels attractive. In a bold move to challenge her classmate's standards, Jantre goes to school with her hair in its natural fullness. Director, Jennifer Haskin-O'Reggio. 199? 27 min. DVD X7098; Video/C 6524

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Miss India Georgia.
This documentary film follows four contestants in the Miss India Georgia pagent and tells the story of their experiences as first generation americans. These young women disclose the complexity of their feelings about growing up in the United States as children of immigrant parents. Produced and directed by Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg. 1997. 56 min. DVD 7297; vhs Video/C 5745

Dave, Shilpa. 'Community Beauty': Transnational Performances and Cultural Citizenship in 'Miss India Georgia'. Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 2001 Sept; 12(3): 335-58.

Miss Navajo
Reveals the inner beauty of the young women who compete in the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant. Not only must contestants exhibit poise and grace as those in typical pageants, they must also answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving and sheep butchering. The film follows the path of 21-year old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant. Produced & directed by Billy Luther. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2006. 53 min. DVD X363

Mitsuye and Nellie: Asian-American Poets.
Poets Nellie Wong and Mitsuye Yamada discuss and demonstrate through readings the influence of Asian culture on their lives and work. 1981. 58 min. Video/C 750

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Mother of Many Children .
An examination of the role, socialization and living conditions of Canadian Indian and Eskimo women, focusing on the cycles of personal growth from birth to old age. Discusses their attempts to preserve native ways of life and their problems with discrimination. 1977. 58 min. Video/C MM905

My Mother Thought She was Audrey Hepburn.
This film is a personal statement about growing up Asian American. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown, the main character's mother was proud to dress like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy, thinking she had attained the American dream if she modelled herself after them. A film by by Sharon Jue. c1989. 28 min. DVD X3207; Video/C 2348

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My Niagara.
A film by Helen Lee. Probes the emotional undercurrents of a third-generation Japanese American woman who breaks up with her Caucasian boyfriend then meets a young Korean immigrant obsessed with all things American. c1992. 40 min. Video/C 4807

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Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
A documentary about the outsourcing of American jobs to India. From the perspective of an Indian immigrant living in the United States, using humor and satire to capture the lives of Indian telemarketers who undergo voice and accent training to speak to U.S. customers with an American accent. A complex look at life as per Eastern Standard Time in India. A film by Sonali Gulati. 2005. 27 min. DVD 5383

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Nappy.
Ten African American women discuss the reasons why they chose to stop straightening their hair and go natural. The film also touches on the consequences of their decisions and on the importance and significance of hairstyles in African American culture. Written and directed by Lydia Ann Douglas, 1997. 28 min. Video/C 6680

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Nazrah: a Muslim Woman's Perspective
A documentary film exploring the perspectives of Muslim women living in the United States concerning the cultural, religious, historical, social and political aspects of Islam. The women discuss their views on Islam, current political events and how they reflect on the image of Islam in the West. They also talk about the difficulty of achieving equality within the Muslim community while also fighting stereotypical portrayals of Muslim women in the U.S. media. Filmed in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States in late 2001 and early 2002. 2003. 55 min. DVD 5607

Neverperfect
Most Asian women experience particular cultural and social pressure to strive for extremely high standards of achievement and flawlessness. Among ethnic patients, the number of Asian-Americans seeking plastic and cosmetic surgery has risen 55% from 2004 to 2006. Along with other Asian American women seeking plastic surgery, this film follows the complex journey of one young Vietnamese-American woman's struggle with popular perceptions of beauty and body image in her decision to undergo cosmetic surgery. Traversing historical and contemporary notions of beauty, stereotypes and iconography within Asian and popular cultures, this film incorporates a rich selection of archival footage and commentary from numerous voices which ignites lively debate on the phenomena as they pertain to race and gender identity. A film by Regina Park. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 65 min. DVD 8947

Not Black or White
Examines the stereotypical ways in which Asian women have been depicted in the media and how three nationally acclaimed Asian American actresses challenge and defy those concepts in their creative work and careers. c1999. 20 min. Video/C 7716

NY Geisha
Examines the life of a young woman who has left Japan to live independently who becomes a New York geisha working in a piano bar. Film follows her as she entertains Japanese-American businessmen and socializes with other geishas who also work at the bar. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 4176

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Own My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner.
Presents the life of a daughter of a former slave, 102-year-old Daisy Turner. She recalls childhood incidents and her father's Civil War experiences and talks about life in her homestead in Vermont. Folklorist Jane Beck fills in details about traditions preserved in the Turner family. c1986. 28 min. Video/C 2163

Perfect Image?
Exposes stereotypical images of black women and explores women's own ideas of self-worth. Poses questions about how black women see themselves and each others and the pitfalls that await those who internalize the search for the "perfect image." 1988. 30 min. Video/C 3370

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Picturing Oriental Girls.
A compendium of sterotypical portrayals of Asian women in American film and television. 1992. 28 min. Video/C 2836
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A Place of Rage.
Features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan, and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. Angela Davis talks about her involvement with the Black Panthers and the communist party. Also included insights from filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha . 1991. 52 min. DVD X60; vhs Video/C 2321

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A Portrait of Maya Angelou.
Thirty years later, Maya Angelou, poet, musician, and actress returns to Staryes, Arkansas, the rural southern town where she grew up. Hosted by Bill Moyers. 1981. 60 min. Video/C 539

The Root Of It All
Six Black women sit around talking about their hair--what it represents, how difficult it is to treat, and what ramifications different styles have for them. Produced and directed by Carla Thompson. 1994. 18 min. DVD 9905

Sa-I-Gu.
Explores the embittering effect the Rodney King verdict rebellion had on a group of Korean American women shopkeepers. 1993. 39 min. DVD 8551; Video/C 2837

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Christine Choy; Kim, Elaine; Sil, Dai; Gibson, Kim. "Sa-I-Gu." Amerasia Journal v19, n2 (Spring, 1993):161 (3 pages).

Sally's Beauty Spot.
Shows a woman's attitude toward her body by exploring her feelings towards a small mole on her breast. A film by Helen Lee, 1990. 12 min. Video/C 3361

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Lee, Helen. "A Peculiar Sensation: A Personal Genealogy of Korean American Women's Cinema." (Race in Contemporary American Cinema, part 8) Cineaste v23, n1 (Wntr, 1997):36 (3 pages).

Sewing Woman.
This program tells the story of Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who worked in America's garment factories for over 30 years and her struggle, along with other Chinese women, to leave war-torn China for a new life in America. 1982?. 14 min. Video/C 1485

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Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality in America
An examination of the sexual wants, needs, and desires of 15 black women, from all ages, backgrounds, and professions. This collection of film clips, personal accounts, and expert insights takes us on a journey throughout American history, exposing skeletons that lie deep in the bedroom--as the filmmaker addresses the continued violence and exploitation perpetrated on black women. Written, produced, and directed by Mya B. 2004. 74 min. DVD 9904

The Souls of Black Girls
This provocative news documentary takes a critical look at media images-- how they are instituted, established and controlled. The film also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. A documentary film by Daphne S. Valerius. 2008. 52 min. DVD X5207

The Status of Latina Women.
This program looks at the differences between the U.S. Latina and her Latin American and American counterparts. Examines how Latino men regard successful Latina women, and the myths and mystique of machismo. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 26 min. Video/C 2635

Stories of Change.
Film profiles four ethnically diverse women - Hispanic, Caucasian, Vietnamese and African-American - who surmount the trauma of deep personal loss and emerge with confidence, strength, and a renewed sense of purpose. These portraits explore the issues of alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, death and grieving, as well as problems faced by refugees and immigrants. Dist.: New Day Films. 1991. 58 min. Video/C 2860

Tea & Justice: The Life & Times of NYPD's 1st Asian Women Officers
Tea & Justice chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s--the first Asian women to become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male. In this award-winning documentary, Officer Trish Ormsby and Detectives Agnes Chan and Christine Leung share their fascinating stories about careers and personal lives, as well as satisfactions and risks on the job, the stereotypes they defied, and how they persevered. Bonus features: Trailers; bios of Agnes, Trish, Christine & Margie; director Ermena Vinluan's bio; key crew bios; director's statement; synopsis; awards & film screenings; production anecdotes; links and bibliography. Director, writer, Ermena Vinluan. 2007. 55 min. DVD X4668

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Toni Morrison.
Morrison discusses slavery and its legacy and the difficulties of writing about the painful subjects that occur in her novel Beloved. Readings from Beloved by Guy Gregory and Bonnie Greer. 1987. 52 min. Video/C 1393

[Toni Morrison] Charlie Rose.
Charlie Rose interviews Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author Toni Morrison, discussing her new book, "Paradise", her life, and her views on America and the issues facing the country. Episode number and air date from cassette label. Broadcast Jan. 19, 1998. 58 min. Video/C 7673

Toni Morrison: A Conversation with Toni Morrison.
Morrison reads from her two novels, Beloved and Jazz and discusses her views of the contributions made to American literature by the experiences of African Americans. 1992. 25 min. Video/C 2543

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[Toni Morrison] A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers.
Moyers talks with Morrison about how the invented world of fiction connects with life, about the inner city, the liberation of love and motherhood, the new world black woman who defies the master narrative. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 1573

Toni Morrison--A Writer's Work (World of Ideas with Bill Moyers).
Parts I & II. Toni Morrison discusses the difficulties of writing about the painful subjects that occur in her novels. 1990.60 min. Video/C 2315

Voices From Inside
'Voices from Inside' follows German-born theater artist Karina Epperlein into a federal women's prison where she began teaching weekly classes as a volunteer in 1992. Her racially mixed group of women prisoners becomes a circle of trust and healing. Epperlein also talks to the children of the women. 1996. 60 min. Video/C 5226

Voices of Black Panther Women.
A panel discussion of women who are members of the Black Panther party in which they relate their personal struggles and experiences as "Panther women" engaged in civil rights activism. Symposium at UC Berkeley, date unknown. ©UC Regents. DVD 1345; also VHS Video/C 2557

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Wearing Hijab: Uncovering the Myths of Islam in the United States
Six women who were born into Muslim families or who chose to convert to Islam talk about being Muslim in the United States, and their choice of whether to wear the traditional veil, the hijab. Interviews with spouses and family members also shed light on the spiritual and cultural dimensions of this practice. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 34 min. DVD 5402

Women Emerging: A Videorecording Comparing Cultural Expectations.
Documents the experiences of a multicultural women's class in an experimental high school. 1975. 27 min. Video/C 62

Women of the Inner City.
A portrayal of the feminization of poverty. 1984?. 29 min. Video/C 20

Why is Preparing Fish a Political Act?: Poetry of Janice Mirikitani.
San Francisco Bay Area poet, Janice Mirikitani, gives personal reflections on her experiences as a Japanese-American woman. Observations are interspersed with readings of her own poetry which reflect her cultural experiences. Includes a segment on her work with the homeless at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. 1991.20 min. Video/C 3234

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Wild Women Don't Have the Blues.
The story of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and other pioneering women blues singers from early in the century.1989.58 min. Video/C 2320

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Western Eyes
Examines the search for beauty and self-acceptance through the experiences of a young Filipina and Korean woman living in Canada who both believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect the way they are perceived. Both feel unsettled in Western society and are contemplating cosmetic surgery on their eyes. Layering interviews with references to super models and other pop-culture icons of beauty, the filmmaker captures the pain that almost always lies behind the desire for plastic surgery. Director, Ann Shin 1979. 40 min. DVD X3440; Video/C 7711

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With Silk Wings: Asian American Women at Work.
Presents profiles of four women role models, ten women in non-traditional jobs and students talking about their concerns. 1983-1985. 4 parts, 30 min. each. Video/C 514

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice
Biography in political and social context of Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American woman and humanitarian civil rights activist who first became aware of social injustice in the United States during her time in a Japanese-American interment camp during World War II. She stresses the need for members of all races and ethnicities to work together for common goals, and for a fundamental change in political power structures. Includes interviews with Kochiyama and with members of her family. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4542

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Balancing Acts.(Life; 4)
This program explores the international movement for women's rights. In Pakistan, seventeen-year-old Hina is challenging tradition to complete her education. In Afghanistan, returning refugees like Maa Gul want the government to honor their right to shelter. In Kenya, Rose, who is HIV positive, is championing rights to independence for widows. And in Nigeria, market trader Tematayo is demanding the government acknowledge her worth as a successful businesswoman. Directed by Beena Sarwar, et al. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3972

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Behind the Labels
Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the pacific island of Saipan, the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty and quota-free to the U.S for sale by The GAP, J. Crew, Polo and other retailers. Powerful hidden camera footage, along with the garment workers' personal stories, offers a rare glimpse into indentured labor and the workings of the global sweatshop where 14 hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness Project. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3261

Europlex
Investigates the daily, sometimes illicit migration, across borders between Morocco and Spain- a rare intersection of the first and third worlds. Paying off officials to look the other way, workers smuggle contraband across the border, sometimes crossing up to 11 times a day. In a now common scenario, Moroccan woman work in North Africa to produce goods destined for the European market, even as domestics commute into a Spanish enclave in Moroccan territory. A film by Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders. c2003. 30 min. Video/C MM1036

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From Asia with Love...
A satirical and biting look at the proliferation of the mail-order bride industry in Asia and the Western representations of Asian women that fuel it. A film by Sari Lluch Dalena. c2003. 15 min. Video/C 9878

No Time To Stop: Women Immigrants.
1990. Kwai Fong Lai is from Hong, Alberta Onyejekwe from Ghana, and Angela Williams from Jamaica. All three have widely different backgrounds but share a common bond: they are immigrants to Canada, women of color, struggling against social and economic odds. 29 min. Video/C 3344

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Remote Sensing.
In Biemann?s latest video, she traces the routes and reasons of women who travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. By using the latest images from NASA satellites, the film investigates the consequences of the U.S. military presence in South East Asia as well as European migration politics. This video-essay takes an earthly perspective on cross-border circuits, where women have emerged as key actors and expertly links new geographic technologies to the sexualization and displacement of women on a global scale. By revealing how technologies of marginalization affect women in their sexuality, REMOTE SENSING aspires to displace and resignify the feminine within sexual difference and cultural representation. Directed and produced by Ursula Biemann. 2001. 56 min. Video/C MM1027

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Science for Survival. (Woman's Place)
Activist and ecologist Vandana Shiva is the leader of a people's movement in India that opposes "reductionist Western science". She argues that the failure of the Green Revolution was due to the fact that women's knowledge of traditional seed varieties was ignored. Shiva is devoting her scientific knowledge to proving that local farming methods, which recognize diversity and complexity in their polycultures, are vital to the survival of the Indian ecosystem. The film also looks at the work of Dr. Sharadini Dahanukar who has set out to prove that ayurvedic medicine, which relies heavily on women's knowledge of plants and herbs, has scientific validity. Also the film looks at silk technology from the ultra-modern biotech laboratories where the cocoons are bred, through the ancient process of silk reeling, to the bustling auction halls. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4598

A Voice of Her Own: Women and Economic Change in Asia.
Profiles the challenges and changes for women in Asia. Examines educational efforts and literacy programs in Cambodia, home employment opportunities created by women in the Philippines, and help for female garment workers in Bangladesh. 1997. 25 min. Video/C MM126

A Woman's Place: Short Stories.
Teach a woman how to fish and... / Amelia Simmons -- Dry days in Dobbagunta / Nupur Basu -- A Healthy start / Sandra Herrington -- The Alarm rings softly / Judith Laird -- The Amahs of Hong Kong / Anastasia Edwards -- Footprints of sorrow / Claudia Esmerado. Six 10 minute videos by women about the status and condition of women in 6 countries. [1] In Fiji women are involved in new sea farming projects. [2] In South Africa a literacy campaign gives birth to an effective anti-liquor campaign. [3] In South Africa, the Women's Health Project ensures that women will have a voice in shaping the new health care system. [4] A new generation of Caribbean women are using drama and reggae to focus attention on domestic violence. [5] Thousands of Filipino women are leaving children and country behind to work as domestics in Hong Kong. [6] Guatemalan women widowed in the civil unrest have formed an organization, Conavigua, to conduct literacy classes and encourage political participation. 1995. 70 min. Video/C 4595

Women of the Third World.
Presents an overview and assessment of the economic and social conditions of women throughout Third World countries. c1986. 29 min. Video/C 9915

Women Speak Up.
A colorful collage of plenaries, workshops, interviews, spontaneous events and music from the Fourth United Nation's International Women's NGO (non-governmental organization) Forum that took place in Huairou, China concurrent with and related to the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, from September 4-15, 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4339

Africa

Africa Rising: The Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation
Depicts the efforts of local African political activists to end the practice of female genital mutilation in Africa, an act that can lead to medical complications or even death. Also capturing the stories of victims, their families and friends, the film follows various activists in countries such as Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya and Mali, as they meet with school children, local communities, and others in attempting to change the 5,000 year-old custom. Directed and produced by Paula Heredia. 2009. 62 min. DVD X3800

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Algeria: Women at War.
A documentary on the situation of the woman in Algeria to-day. Some "Mudjahadines", the women fighters during the war of Independence from the French (1954-1962), recall their own experiences: their hopes and their disillusion after the war, when the Government refused to recognize their role and contribution to the National Liberation Movement. A new generation of women tries to find a path between modern democracy and the fundamentalism of the Islamic faith. c1992. 50 min. DVD X2405; vhs Video/C 4081

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Belonging.(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 3)
Directed by Minky Schlesinger and Khetiwe Ngcobo. Born into exile as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now ten years later, Kethiwe, a hip, young woman with a British accent finds herself struggling to find her place in the new South Africa. Hoping to reconcile the warring strands of her identity, Khetiwe seeks healing in her Zulu traditions. At the same time, her sister refuses to participate in any ceremonies as meaningless rituals. Khetiwe is not alone in her journey to find belonging. The country is also in the process of finding itself. This is a personal and honest look at one person's quest for identity. 2004. 52 min.

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Cameroon: Little Mothers of the Bush.
From the series, Growing Up Young. The story of two little girls who belong to the Falli tribe of Northern Cameroon. The children of this tribe are physically advanced beyond what is normal for their age in other cultures. It is the obligation of the little girls to care for the infants of the famiiy and to help in the fields and with the cooking. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 3031

Cinderella of the Cape Flats(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 2)
Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture. A film by Jane Kennedy. 2004. 58 min. DVD 5264

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The Day I Will Never Forget
Examines the practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya and the efforts of those working to put an end to the practice. Presents the cultural background of the practice and opposing viewpoints on the issue. Follows the actions taken on behalf of one young woman to obtain a legal order preventing her from having to undergo the procedure. A film by Kim Longinotto. 2002. 91 min. DVD 8145

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The Dream Becomes a Reality: Nation Building and the Continued Struggle of the Women of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front
Interviews with women who were treated as equals during the struggle for Eritrean independence about their current employment and social conditions. Most have continued to work in their professions or vocations although the traditional cultural forces make full sexual equality impossible. A documentary by Eva Egensteiner. c1995. 48 min. Video/C MM820

Eritrea, Women Combat Prejudices (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 12)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Examines three generations of Eritrean women who tell their story of Eritrea's fight for independence and reflect upon changes in the country since independence, specifically the battle between traditional and contemporary ideas about the role of women. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5355

Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes) (Library of African Cinema).
Profiles contemporary African women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation, a health care worker educating women about sexually transmitted diseases, and businesswomen who describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance. 1994. 52 min. DVD 9532; vhs Video/C 3728

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The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died, and many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. Until now, the world has known nothing of their stories. A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson has created an extraordinary film in which these brave women finally speak. Producer-director-cinematographer-editor, Lisa F. Jackson. 2007. 76 min. DVD 9940

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Hot Wax (Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 1)
Ivy is a big, bubbly black woman who managed to run her own beauty salon surreptitiously during the dark days of apartheid. She lives in Alexandra, a restless and poor township, while her white, mostly elderly, clients live in the tree-lined suburbs of Johannesburg. In her salon she is part beautician, long-time friend, lay counselor and honest commentator to her customers. While she masks her clients' imperfections, she also peels away layers of difference separating the races. It can be easily pointed out that Ivy essentially enjoys the intimacy of a domestic servant, while her white clients maintain their economic privileges and know little about Ivy's private world. But since apartheid's end, Ivy owns her own shop and now meets her clients on an equal footing. A film by Andy Spitz. 2004. 49 min. DVD 5263

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Images of the Gender role in Two ILO Projects in Asia and Africa.
Equality, empowerment and appropriate project design are debated by men and women participating in two Internatinal Labour Office projects. In Nepal, women and men work together in a rural skills training project. In Uganda, women work separately from men as they learn to bargain for their trade union rights in a worker's education project. 1991. 26 min. Video/C MM1101

Iron Ladies of Liberia (Why Democracry? Series)
On January 16, 2006, after fourteen years of civil war, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President of Liberia. Her campaign navigated a hotly-contested election, which she won with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia. As the first elected female head of state in Africa, she has appointed other extraordinary women to leadership positions in all areas of government, including the Police Chief and the Ministers of Justice, Commerce, and Finance. With unprecedented access, this film chronicles her historic first year in office. Directed by Daniel Junge; co-directed by Siatta Scott Johnson. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X396

Kenya Women Pioneers.
A compilation of short autobiographies of eleven pioneer women in various fields in Kenya namely: Grace Onyango, Eddah Gachukia, Julia Ojiambo, Asenath Odaga, Phoebe Asiyo, Josephine Sinyo, Mary Okello, Margaret Mwangola, Grace Ogot, Martha Mpaayei, Joan Mjomba. c2000. 40 min. Video/C MM988

Kumekucha at Sunrise: Women of Tanzania.
Documents the daily life of Tanzanian women as they seek to take their place in their society, as it is influenced through education and the impact of Western civilization. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 28 min. Video/C 3027

Kumekucha: Women of Tanzania.
The difficulties faced by the women of Tanzania in both providing for and raising their children. c1992. 28 min. Video/C 3027

Laura the Taxi Driver
(Benin- Africa). Laura is the first woman to stake her claim under the law to what had been exclusively a male preserve; driving a taxi. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 13 min. Video/C 3024

The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus".
A documentary film on the life of a Khoi Khoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality. Directed by Zola Maseko. c1998. 52 min. DVD X1150; vhs Video/C 6374

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Gilman, Sander L. "The Life and Times of Sara Baartman" American Historical Review, 2000, Vol. 105 Issue 5, p1849-1849, 1p UC users only
Gordon, Robert. "The Life and Times of Sara Baartman" American Anthropologist, 2000, Vol. 102 Issue 3, p606-607, 2p UC users only

Monday's Girls.
Examines women's ceremony of rite of passage from girlhood to womanhood in the Island town of Ogoloma of Southern Nigeria. In French and Nigerian with English subtitles.1993?. 49 min. Video/C 3729

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N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman.
A compilation of footage of the !Kung people of Namibia from 1951 through 1978. Focuses on the changes in the life of these people as seen through the reflections of one woman, N!ai. A film by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer. Camera, John Marshall, Ross McElwee, Mark Erder ; field anthropologist, Patricia Draper ; consulting anthropologists and translators, Marjorie Shostak, et al. 1980. 60 min. DVD X1402; vhs Video/C 259

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North-South.com (Nordsud.com)
Documentary that explores how young women in the African Republic of Cameroon use internet cafés to search for marriage prospects in Europe to escape poverty. Interviews many of these young women who see Europe as a "paradise," and who express incredibly naïve beliefs about European men. The film also tells the stories of several Cameroonian women who married white Europeans, showing their current situations, the cultural differences with which they deal, and the personal sacrifices they made in exchange for economic security. A film by François Ducat. 2007. 90 min. DVD X2371

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Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leon
Documentary about the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon in the Sierra Leone civil war. The story is told through the eyes of survivors: women and girls, as well as the child soldiers and perpetrators. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3237

The Return of of Sara Baartman.
Chronicles the return of the remains of Sara Baartman, a Black woman who had been exhibited as a freak in early nineteenth-century Europe. Her remains were returned to South Africa from France, where they had been kept at the Museum of Man (Musee L'Homme). On April 29, 2002, Sara's remains were officially handed back to the South African people at an emotionally charged ceremony at the country's Embassy in Paris and, on August 9 (National Women's Day), she was ceremonially buried on the banks of the Gamtoos River. Produced and directed by Zola Maseko 2002. 52 min. DVD X3426; Video/C MM400

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Selbe: One Among Many.
Due to economic constraints, women in Senegal are often left with the sole responsibility of raising their families. Depiction of one such woman's struggles under these trying circumstances. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 3349

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Sidet: Forced Exile.
Presents the stories of three Ethiopian women who each sought refuge in the Sudan. Tells how they have managed to survive displacement and creat lives for themselves in exile. Writer/producer/director, Salem Makuria. c1991. 60 min. DVD X6680; Video/C 3352

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Woubshet, Dagmawi. "An Interview with Salem Makuria." Callaloo; Spring2010, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p314-317, 4p UC users only

Sisters in Law
A documentary record of a courtroom in Kumba, Cameroon, where a female prosecutor and judge work to put an end to their community's tacit acceptance of child abuse, wife beating and rape. With fierce compassion, the tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. 2005. 104 min. DVD 5460

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South Africa Belongs to Us.
Portraits five black women and interviews four women leaders. Scenes include work and home life in the black reserves and sex-segregated barracks built for migrant workers. Depicts the struggle of black women in the face of apartheid. c1980. 55 min. Video/C 280

To Be a Woman in Burkina Faso.
The lot of women in Burkina Faso (Africa) is not any easy one. They work in the fields without adequate recompense and have the added work of child care, home care and cooking. Women working in the cities' factories are hardly better off. Polygamy is accepted and is considered a way of sharing the burdens of work. The future will be better only when women are better educated, have the same job opportunities as men and have their own reasonable source of income. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 14 min. Video/C 3023

A Walk to Beautiful
A look at the lives of three Ethiopian women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of seeking treatment for obstetric fistula. The program follows them walking for hours on their journey to transportation to a special hospital in Addis Ababa where they find solace for the first time in years, and stays with them as their lives begin to change. Directed by Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher. Originally broadcast in 2008 as a segment on the television program Nova. 56 min. DVD X2647

Warrior Marks.
A film by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. A poetic and political film about female genital mutilation. Includes interviews with women from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, the United States, and England. 1993. 54 min. Video/C 3348

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Walker, Alice. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women / Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, c1993.(UCB Bancroft GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Grad Svcs XMAC.W18.W37 Modern Authors Collection; UCB Main GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Moffitt GN484 .W35 1993)

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Grewal, Inderpal Kaplan, Caren. "Warrior Marks: Global Womanism's Neo-Colonial Discourse in a Multicultural Context." Camera Obscura 5-11, September 1996
Hamilton, Amy. "Warrior Marks." (includes related articles) off our backs v23, n11 (Dec, 1993):2 (5 pages).
James, Stanlie M. "Shades of Othering: Reflections on Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation." Signs, Summer 1998 v23 i4 p1031(1) UC users only
Minor, Diane. "Warrior Marks: Joyous Resistance at Walker Film Debut." (documentary film by Alice Walker) National N O W Times v26, n2 (Jan, 1994):7.
Simonds, Cylena. "Missing the Mark." (female mutilation in movie 'Warrior Marks') Afterimage v21, n8 (March, 1994):3.

Wedding Camels: A Turkana Marriage.
Shows the preparations for the wedding of the daughter of Lorang, one of the senior men of the region. Explores the quarrels and customs which surround the wedding. c1976. 108 min. Video/C 2431

A Wife Among Wives.
An ethnographic documenatry on the Turkana of northern Kenya. This is an inquiry into the Turkana view of marriage.c1981. 68 min. Video/C 2432

Witches in Exile
Introduces four women who have taken refuge in the Kukuo witches' camp and who represent a cross section of the 'witch' population of Northern Ghana today. Presenting a step by step journey on how a woman becomes stigmatized as a "witch," they are overwhelmingly older women who are no longer of value for bearing children or performing fieldwork. They are characteristically accused of killing family members or causing crop failures or natural misfortunes to which traditional folklore attributes supernatural causes. Forced into isolated witches camps, they must struggle to survive under primitive conditions. Produced and directed by Allison Berg. 2005. 79 min. DVD 5275

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With These Hands: How Women Feed Africa.
A documentary presenting the stories of three women from three African countries: Burkina Faso, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Each woman tells in her own words of the struggle to feed her family. 1987. 33 min. Video/C 1896

Womanhood and Circumcision: Three Maasai Women Have Their Say
This thought-provoking documentary sensitively explores the cultural context of female genital-cutting practices among the Maasai. A mother and her two daughters discuss their feelings about circumcision (excision) and its meaning in their lives from different perspectives. Alice, a young woman, looks back eleven years to the time when she became a woman. Sikaine, a shy, 14-year-old, enjoys the attention of her family and community as she anticipates undergoing the procedure, which she has seen performed on other girls. Tipaya, the mother, is a post-menopausal woman who remembers her surgery from several decades back. 31 min. DVD X3250

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Women of Manga (Niger- Africa).
Program is devoted to the women of a warrior tribe whose origin is ancient but unknown and which lives today in eastern Niger. Focuses on the traditions including the complicated painting, hairstyles, facial scars and jewelry. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 12 min. Video/C 3025

You Have Struck a Rock.
Examines the situation of women and political repression in Southern Africa. Written by Deborah May, Diana Boernstein ; co-produced by Deborah May & the United Nations. 1981. 28 min. DVD X6502; Video/C 954

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Youth Voices on Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation
Profiles the Family Planning Association of Kenya's efforts to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation, mainly in the Nyambene District where the practice is most prevalent. c2001. 40 min. Video/C MM993

Zanzibar Soccer Queens (Malkia wa soka Zanzibar)
In the Muslim country, Zanzibar, women's activities are severely curtailed. This is a portrait of a feisty group of women who have defied the cultural constraints by playing a man's game, soccer, giving reign to their competitive spirit, and defining new roles and identities for themselves in a predominantly Muslim society. Clerical disapproval has meant that there is a lack of women's teams with which to compete so the women must sometimes play against men's teams. A film by Florence Ayisi. 2008. 55 min. DVD X354

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Zulei.
Zulei, a 14-year-old girl living in a village in Niger. She is about to be married. Zulei is the focus of this program, which documents the life of a people whose ancestors were nomads and whose customs and habits have changed very little across millennia. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 52 min. Video/C 3026

East Asia / Pacific Islands

Beauty in China
These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. To accomplish the "right look," they visit surgeons to have their legs lengthened, their eyes westernized, and their breasts enlarged. Some of the women end up with terrible physical problems as a result. Every week some 16,000 Chinese undergo face surgery. The film includes a beauty contest for "Miss Nip & Tuck," in which all the contestants are women who have had plastic surgery. Many of their families have spent their life savings to pay for this investment in their daughters. Directed by Elodie Pakosz 2005. 29 min. DVD X348

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Beyond Beijing.
From August 30 to September 15, 1995 two parallel events took place in China: the NGO (Non-governmental organization) Forum on Women in Huairou, and the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. This film looks at the Conference's attempts to complete the platform document, at the various workshops held, and particularly at the individual NGO Forum projects, such as 'Women weaving the world together'. 42 min. Video/C 4749

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Camp Arirang.
Filmmakers explore prostitution near American military bases in South Korea and examine the lives of the sex workers and their Amerasian children who live in U.S. camp towns throughout South Korea. Through interviews with the workers, soldiers and scholars the film examines the historical roots of the problem and the complicity of the Korean and American governments. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 5299

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

China's Lost Girls.
Examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, "one-child policy" designed to curb the country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. The program follows American families as they travel to China to adopt some of these girls. c2004. 43 min. DVD 4675

China's Only Child.
Discusses the crash program to control population growth in China by limiting the birth of a child to one per family for the next thirty years. c1984. Video/C 650

Chinese Foot Binding: The Vanishing Lotus.
Witnesses the experiences of Chinese women who willingly underwent years of suffering to contort their feet into an erotic symbol of beauty and eligibility, a pair of small feet -- three-inch golden lilies. Some of these women tell of the event that branded their lives, confronting the viewer with a custom that subjugated women to a brutal beauty myth. 2000. 52 min. Video/C MM401

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Dream Girls
Each year thousands of Japanese girls apply to enter the highly disciplined school for the Takarazuka Revue, the incredibly successful musical theater company where women play both male and female roles. This documentary presents a compelling look at this company and phenomenon, and a study on the interplay of gender and sexual identity in Japan today. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams. 1994. 50 min. DVD X6688; Video/C 7630

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Eat the Kimono.
Film about iconoclastic performance artist Hanayagi Genshu and her clashes with Japanese cultural conventions and traditions. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 3351

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Female College Students in China.
A survey of current attitudes on Chinese campuses. Three women college students are interviewed. The common thread which runs through their discussion is the continued government repression of individuality or any sense of self worth. All three women look abroad for opportunities. c1991. 26 min. Video/C 3056
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The Great Step Forward: China Women in the 20th Century.
Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 55 min. each installment

From Confucius to Mao. After illustrating how a combination of laws, customs, and Confucian philosophy had reduced Chinese women to chattels, this program examines in detail the turning points from the late 19th through mid 20th centuries that paved the way for a complete reversal in Chinese women's status. Remarkable vintage film and fascinating interviews with women whose lives have spanned the 20th century provide evidence of and insights into the harmful practices of foot-binding, arranged marriages, and polygamy; the postiive impact of the Dowager Empress, Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong, and China's first feminist, Qiu Jin; and the salutary effects of female education and Ibesn's A doll's house. DVD 5115

From Mao Towards Full Equality.This program offers an in-depth appraisal of how China's women's movement slowly gathered momentum under Mao Zedong's and Deng Xiao Ping's rule during the latter half of the 20th century. Outstanding footage from propaganda and documentary sources and compelling interviews with women who participated in the events of those decades reveal the hard-won gains through Communist legal and social reforms, the efforts of Madame Song Qing Ling and leading feminist He Xiang-ning, and women's rights conventions. The mixed results of the Liberation and Independence campaign, the Heroes of the Nation initiative, and the Cultural Revolution are also critically examined. DVD 5116

Great Wall Across the Yangtze (Yangtze Jiang shang de chang cheng)
In 1994, the People's Republic of China ordered the damming of the Yangtze River, a 15-year project creating the world's largest dam and hydroelectric power-plant. To China's leaders, the Three Gorges dam will propel the nation's economy into the 21st century. To critics worldwide it is a social and environmental disaster. This film investigates the profound changes the Three Gorges dam will bring to China's people, environment, and history. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 8148

Habitual Sadness (Nazzen moksori 2)(Korean Comfort Women Today)
During World War II an estimated 200,000 women, mostly Korean, were forced by the Japanese into sexual slavery. Now in their sixties and seventies, a group of survivors living together in a sharing community are daring to speak of their suffering at the hands of their oppressors. Their stories present a testament to the strength of former victims who have exchanged their painful memories for the warmth of communal life and feminist activism. 1997. 70 min. Video/C 9400

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Gaea Girls
This documentary follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young 'Gaea Girls,' a group of Japanese women wrestlers, living in a country where women are usually regarded as docile and subservient. 2000. 106 min. Video/C 9135

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Geisha
Documents the institution of Geisha in Japan, a secretive sorority in high demand by members of Japan's wealthy elite. Called "entertainers," by some and "prostitutes," by others, this documentary shows the daily lives of Geisha women and trainees (Maiko), including their costumes, makeup, living arrangements, and performance in dance and music. Includes interviews with Geishas, Maikos, and clients. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 51 min. Video/C 8365

The Good Wife of Tokyo.
Kazuko Hohki goes back to Tokyo with her rock band after living in England for 15 years. This film records her re-experiencing of Japan after a long absence, examining traditional attitudes towards women and those of Kuzuko's friends who are trying to expand their roles as Japanese women. Produced by Claire Hunt, Kim Longinotto. 1992. 52 min. DVD X2406; vhs Video/C 3347
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Women Make Movies catalog description

Half the Sky: Women of the Jiang Family. (Woman's Place)
Four generations of Chinese women of the Jiang family discuss the progress made by women in China, both socially and economically, in the past fifty years. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4597

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Issei Wahine= First Generation Women
Film examines labor and family history of Koma Kokubun, who immigrated from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands to work in the cane fields over seventy years ago. As a laborer during the Sugar Era in plantation Hawaii, her story is told through "talk stories" told to her granddaughter, archival fotos, silent plantation footage and personal fotos. Includes Hole-hole bushi, Japanese plantation work songs, and Hapa-haole, Hawaiian music. c1991. 23 min. Video/C 3823

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Kiyoko's Situation
Kiyoko's situation articulates the deeply embedded cultural roles of Japanese women through the parallel stories of two female artists, Kiyoko and Tani. In Idemitsu's narrative-within-a-narrative, "Kiyoko's situation" is played out on a television monitor within Tani's drama. Tani is paralyzed in her attempts to paint by her feeling that, as a single woman, she has failed in society's eyes. Kiyoko, a young mother viciously criticized by her husband and family for her fierce determination to paint, eventually compromises her art for "maternal duty." As Kiyoko complies with the family, Tani, isolated and despairing, is driven to suicide. Idemitsu's chillingly omniscient television monitor, which acts as the psychological "other," metaphorically and literally condemns Tani to death. In the final cruel irony, she hangs herself, using the television monitor as a jumping-off point. Performers: Rieko Suzuki, Sumi Ozawa, Michie Ikeda, Rokurou Abe, Masahiko Uchizawa, Koji Takahashi, Momoko Mimura. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1989. 25 min. Video/C MM1220

Lotus
Shot on location in remote villages of Hong Kong, this video presents the dilemma of a boundfoot woman in 1914 China who must decide if she will bind her daughter's feet. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4253

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Shinjuku Boy
This documentary reveals the complexity of female sexuality in Japan through the lives of three annabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Annabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify themselves as lesbians. All three talk frankly about their gender-bending lives revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these interviews are sequences shot inside the club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with men. A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams. c1995. 53 min. Video/C 9127

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Small Happiness: Women of a Chinese Village.
An exploration of sexual politics and the reality of life in contemporary rural China. Chinese women of Long Bow speak frankly about footbindings,the new birth control policy, work, love and marriage. c1987. 58 min. Video/C 1910

Through Chinese Women's Eyes.
Presents the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. Documents the attempts to erase gender differences under Mao, today's changing ideas of femininity, and the crystalization of Chinese feminism at the UN Women's conference in Beijing. A film by Mayfair Yang. c1997. 53 min. Video/C 7080
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Tokyo Girls
Filmed in Canada, Osaka and Tokyo, this is a candid journey into the world of four young Canadian women who work as well-paid hostesses in exclusive Japanese nightclubs. A cheaper version of the geisha, a hostess is hired to talk and flirt with her customers. Although she is well paid, sex is usually not part of the transaction. 58 min. Video/C 8912

Ripples of Change
A history of the Women's Liberation Movement in Japan illustrated by archival film and photos, presenting interviews with present and former members who describe the social influences exerted by traditional Japanese mores. Also makes a comparison with the American movement. 1993. 57 min. Video/C 9434

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Sataro Tanaka (Personalities of Japan; 9)
Depicts the life and talents of the first woman to play in a traditional Kabuki musical ensemble. Shows the rigorous training for the stylized vocal and instrumental music in Kabuki. Sataro was trained by her father and follows in his footsteps as a Kabuki musician. 1977. 27 min. Video/C 6152

Silence Broken
A documentary based on interviews with Korean comfort women who were forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Their compelling testimony is presented side by side with interviews with Japanese soldiers, recruiters, and commentary by historians and a medical doctor. Some of their stories are portrayed in powerful dramatizations with their own voices flowing under stunning images, presenting deep sorrow and the amazing resilience of the human spirit. Director, producer, writer, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. 1995. 88 min. Video/C 6807

Gateward, Frances. "Breaking the Silences: An Interview with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 99-110, Apr 2003 UC users only

Under the Willow Tree: Pioneer Chinese Women in Canada.
The recollections of seven Chinese women who grew up in Canada in the first half of the 20th century who left behind their families, knowing they would never see them again. It is a heart-wrenching odyssey of girls who were shipped to the New World to marry men they had never met. These are the women who fought against the racism they faced in Canada, while passing on language, culture and values to their children. 1997. 52 min. Video/C 6339

A Voice of Her Own: Women and Economic Change in Asia.
Profiles the challenges and changes for women in Asia. Examines educational efforts and literacy programs in Cambodia, home employment opportunities created by women in the Philippines, and help for female garment workers in Bangladesh. 1997. 25 min. Video/C MM126

Woman Being
Examines the changing concepts of beauty and sexuality for women in modern China and shows how Western pop culture is affecting their expectations and self-worth. Explores the rise of a new super-feminine, highly sexualized ideal. 1997. 20 min. Video/C 6568

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Women of the Yellow Earth.
A documentary film concerning the quality of life for rural Chinese women and their families on the remote Loess Plateau. It introduces us to two village women, one who has just delivered her third child and is in trouble with the family planning officials who force her to undergo sterilization. The other is about to be married by arrangements with a matchmaker. Film gives a picture of how the state intercedes in family life, with its regulations and penalties for non-compliance. 1995?. 50 min. Video/C 3970

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The Women Outside: Korean Women and the U.S. military.
Documentary on young South Korean women who work in sex related enterprises adjacent to American military bases in South Korea. Also explores the lives of Korean American women who came to the United States as wives of American servicemen. Filmmakers, J.T. Takagi, Hye Jung Park. 1995. 52 min. DVD X517; vhs Video/C 5290

The Women's Kingdom
Keepers of the last matriarchal societies in the world, Mosuo women in a remote area of southwest China live beyond the strictures of mainstream Chinese culture -- enjoying great freedoms and carrying heavy responsibilities. Filmmaker Xiaoli Zhou takes a fascinating journey into the heart of The Women's Kingdom to discover a society of powerful women whose future is on the brink of change. Directed and produced by Xiaoli Zhou Originally aired in July 2005 as an online video for Frontline/World's "Rough cut" website. 22 min. DVD X1775

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Working Sister (Da gong mei)
Seventeen-year-old farm girl Xu Li Li works in a factory in the south, and travels the 1000 miles home to her family farm for the New Year. One of the 'da gong mei', the working sisters, she talks about her life at the factory and back home on the farm. Writer/director/producer Jennifer Stephens. c1998. 28 min. Video/C MM596

Eastern Europe

Bought and Sold.
Based on a two year undercover investigation conducted by the Global Survival Network into the illegal trafficking in women from the Former Soviet republics, this documentary features interviews with traffickers, Russian mafia, trafficked women, and groups working to provide services to these women. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 1997. 42 min. DVD 3253

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Calling the Ghosts (Prozivanje duhova)
Women survivors of Omarska Detention Camp describe the camp and the situation in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. Their release and recovery process are also described. Written and directed by Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelinic 1996. 60 min. DVD X2393; vhs Video/C 4646

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Goodman, Walter. " Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women." New York Times v146 (Mon, March 3, 1997):B8(N), C16(L), col 4, 11 col in.
Leonard, John. "Calling the Ghosts." (television program reviews) New York v30, n8 (March 3, 1997):62.
Miller, Judith. "Taking Two Bosnian Women's Case to the World."(documentary film, 'Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women,' recounts the experiences of Bosnian Muslim women who were repeatedly raped by Serbian officers... New York Times v146, sec2 (Sun, Feb 23, 1997):H36(N), H36(L), col 1, 32 col in.

Diamonds in the Dark.
From a traditional village bordering the Ukraine, to the city of Bucharest, this film tells the stories of ten Romanian women who relate their personal experiences and observations living under the Communist regime and the changes that came after the fall of Ceausescu. 1999. 60 min. Video/C 7201

Far From Moscow.
A 1961 photographic tour of the Soviet Union by Harvey and Alice Richards, focusing on the work, housing, education, childcare and medical facilities available to women in a socialist society. This film, the second of a 2 part presentation, covers the lives of women in areas outside of Moscow, in the towns of Sochi on the Black Sea, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Irkutsk, Siberia. 1962. 33 min. DVD 4245

In the Name of Love: Modern Day Mail Order Brides
What's motivating the thousands of Russian women who sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men? From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, we see the financial and emotional pros and cons of exporting one's heart. The film grapples with the tremendous economic challenges and difficult decisions facing Russian women today. Director/producer, Shannon O'Rourke. 2002. 58 min. Video/C MM460

My Second Life: East German Women in a Changed World.
When the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, excitement and joy were shared by an entire people. In East Germany the transition into a free market economy, however, proved to be diffuclut. When jobs suddenly became sparse, women were the ones who were pushed off the market and of the more than 4 million women who were employed in East Germany before the wall fell, only 59% are still employed today. Some now call women the great losers of the East German revolution. Yet, interviews with these very women show a wide spectrum of responses to the changes in their lives. They talk about gains as well as losses. 1996. 53 min. Video/C 4290

Women of Russia.
A 1961 photographic tour of the Soviet Union by Harvey and Alice Richards, focusing on the work, housing, education, childcare and medical facilities available to women in a socialist society. This film, the first of a 2 part presentation, covers the women of Moscow. 1962. 36 min. DVD 4244

Mexico / Caribbean / Latin America

After the Earthquake.
A film by Lourdes Portillo. A young Central American woman living in the United States is joined by her fiance who is escaping the political situation in his homeland. The different courses their lives have taken call into question their values and their engagement. 198-. 23 min. Video/C 3355

Women Make Movies catalog description

Anselmo and the Women.
A Mexican husband and wife express their attitudes and expectations concerning their spouses. Primarily a reflection of Mexican male attitudes towards Mexican women. 1986. 35 min. Video/C 999:633

Between Light and Shadow: Maya Women in Transition.
Interviews with Mayan women artists who work to preserve Mayan culture, improve the lives of the Mayan people and promote a Maya presence in their community. Includes Mayan folk art in the form of woven textiles and embroidery and contemporary paintings. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5086

Birth and Belief in the Andes of Ecuador
Covers women's beliefs and traditional medicine surrounding pregnancy and childbirth in Ecuador through intimate portraits of four Andean women. Deprived until recently of modern medical care, rural Andean women have managed their reproductive practices by relying on an ethnomedical system that retains pre-Columbian magical elements. c1994. 28 min. Video/C MM816

Brasil: Sacredotistas, Sambistas y Mulatas. (Mujeres de America Latina; 2.)
One in a series that looks at Latin America through its women with interviews and on sight visits. This second program examines the lives of women in Brazil and the brutal life many must face as they struggle for survival for themselves and their children. In Portuguese. c1995. 60 min. Video/C 4372

Bread and Dignity (Pan y Dignidad): Open Letter From Nicaragua. (As Women See It)
Combining historic newsreel footage with contemporary interviews, the film reviews Somoza's rule in Nicaragua and the events leading to the 1979 Sandinista revolution. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 4172

Chapter XV:12
In this documentary a call-girl in Brazil opens her heart in a free association monologue to reveal her true feelings. Directed and edited by Fernando Pinheiro. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 12 min. DVD X7381

Cuba: Las Hijas de Fidel. (Mujeres de America Latina; 4).
One in a series that looks at Latin America through its women with interviews and on sight visits. This fourth program examines the lives of women in Cuba who come from from all walks of life including women active in dance, music, sports, and politics concerning their experiences of living in Castro's Cuba. Dist.: Films Media Group. In Spanish. c1995. 60 min. Video/C 4371

La Cueca Sola
"On September 11, 1973, a military coup in Chile brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of men were taken from their homes never to return. Since that time, Chilean women have danced the country's traditional courtship dance alone, and 'La Cueca Sola' has become a symbol of women's struggle against the dictatorship. After 30 years in exile, filmmaker Marilu Mallet returns to Santiago to meet with five Chilean women who suffered under the dictatorship and have emerged as heroes under democracy. Isabel Allende, Monique Hermosilla, Estela Ortiz, Carolina Toha and Moyenei Valdes all lost a father, a husband, or a friend, but have surmounted their grief to bravely speak out, each in their own way- from political action to vocal performance." c2003. 52 min. Video/C MM187

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Los demonios del Edén
Relates the story of Lydia Cacho, a courageous writer and feminist who is confronting powerful businessmen and politicians who protect a child pornography ring operating in Cancun and the United States. Cacho narrates her confrontation with those powerful forces after she was kidnapped and incarcerated for a couple of days. She reveals her motivations and emotions, and the paradoxes that emerge when she investigates and publishes her book entitled The demons of Eden. Includes footage of the some of the "demons," Succar Kuri, the senator Gamboa Patrón, the businessman Kamel Nacif and the Puebla's governor Mario Marin among others. Directed by Alejandra Islas. 70 min. 2007. DVD X7029

Elvia: The Fight for Land and Liberty.
Chronicles the work of Elvia Alvarado, a Honduran peasant activist, in getting the peasants of Honduras to take over the land themselves and set up a land-reform program of their own. c1988. 27 min. Video/C 2195

Flowers for Guadalupe: The Presence of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexican Women's Lives
This film explores the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. This unusual "contata" of women's voices representing urban, small-town, and rural communities, is intercut with scenes of daily women's work and celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe in various contexts. Includes festivities organized by the Comite Guadalupano in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y. and follows an all-women's pilgrimage from Mexico's Queretaro state through several arduous but joyful days as it weaves its way through difficult terrain, harsh weather and congested streets to the Virgin's shrine in Mexico City. A film by Judith Gleason with the collaboration of the Colectivo Feminista de Xalapa and of Elisa Mereghetti. 57 min. c1995. DVD X91

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Forging Peace in Guatemala
Presents portraits of three Mayan women and their efforts on behalf of peace as a result of the 36-year civil war in Guatemala. Adela is a widow struggling to support her refugee family, Justina travels the countryside explaining the human rights movement, and Francesca, a Mayan priestess, reaffirms the cultural identity of her people. c1997. 53 min. Video/C 8667

Girls to Mothers (De niña a madre)
In Nicaragua, three pregnant teenage girls and their families talk about their lives and expectations for motherhood. Cameras revisit them a year later to see how they have fared. Written, directed, and produced by Florence Jaugey. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2006. 71 min. DVD X3675

Home is Struggle.
Using interviews, photographs, and theatrical vignettes, the film explores the lives of women who have come to the United States from different Latin American Countries for varying political, economic, and personal reasons. 1991. Video/C 3354

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I is a Long Memoried Woman.
Based on a collection of poems by Guyanese British writer, Grace Nicols, this program chronicles the history of slavery thru the eyes of Caribbean women. Presented through a combination of monologue, dance and song. 1990?. 50 min. Video/C 3371

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In Women's Hands.
From the series, Americas, looks at the political and gender roles of women in Chile. Focuses on the social changes since the 1970's and how the traditional role of women in that country has changed. c1993. 60 min. Video/C 2812

Killer's Paradise
Since 1999, more than two thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala, with the numbers escalating every year. Cases are routinely closed and the murdered women are dismissed as nobodies. With its history of almost four decades of civil war, Guatemala is a troubled society, but it can also be seen as a microcosm of the pervasive violence against women that exists in the world today. But there are traces of hope: a grassroots human rights movement is emerging. People are coming together for a common fight in the name of their daughters, wives, and sisters. Produced and directed by Giselle Portenier. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007. 83 min. DVD X3686

Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
Mothers who believe their children were kidnapped by the Argentine government tell how they banded together in 1977 to demonstrate in the Plaza de Mayo to publicize their complaints and to seek assistance in finding their missing children and punishing the kidnappers. A film by Lourdes Portillo. 1986. 64 min DVD X2696; Video/C 2180

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Maria's Story.
The story of Maria Serrano, a 39 year old mother who is a leader in the guerilla movement in El Salvador. Her passion for social justice dominates her life. Maria represents a growing number of Latin American women on the forefront of social change. c1990. 53 min. Video/C 2232

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Miss Universe in Peru (Miss Universo en el Peru)
In 1982 the Miss Universe Pageant was held in Lima, Peru. This program contrasts the public spectacle of the Miss Universe Pageant, its sponsors' commercial promotions, and its presentation on Peruvian television with the economic and political realities of contemporary Peruvian women. A film by Grupo Chaski. 199-?. 40 min. Video/C MM1209; copy 2 Video/C 4221 (Spanish without English subtitles)

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Mujeria: Primitive and Proud
An historical survey of Olmec women, including still photographs of Olmec antiquities, and the significant role of lesbianism among Olmec women then and now. 1992. 20 min. Video/C 7750

Nicaragua Turning Away From Violence (What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)
Documents recent efforts to combat domestic violence in Nicaragua, where it is estimated that 29% of women have suffered rape or other physical abuse by men. In 1993, the first special commissary, staffed by women police and women psychologists, was established to specifically handle crimes against women. Now there are 24 across the country. Interviews Ruben Reyes Jiron, founder of Asociacion de Hombres Contra Violencia, a men's group that works with street gangs to reduce violence against women. Also interviews women who have been helped by Centro de Socho Atal, a Nicaraguan women's shelter. 2004. 26 min. DVD 5449

Performing the Border
Set in the Mexican border town Ciudad Juarez where U.S. industries assemble their electronic and digital equipment, this film examines the socioeconomic problems of the Mexican-American border region, focusing on hardships faced by women in newly urbanized areas. A film by Ursula Biemann. 1999. 43 min. DVD 5503; vhs Video/C 1079

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La Quinceañera
Many important events in Ana Maria's life have been disappointing. Will her Quince Años (fifteenth birthday) be any different? Her mother and five siblings are determined that it will be: hoping and struggling to make her Quinceañera a special day, despite a lack of support from her father. Exploring issues of family, faith, and coming of age, La Quinceañera is a touching portrait of a Mexican family's love and devotion to each other. Directed by Adam Taub. 2007. 41 min. DVD 9576

The Railroad All-stars (Estrellas de la linea)
Valeria, Vilma, and Mercy are three members of a group of prostitutes living in Guatemala earning two dollars per service. They work at La Linea, by the railroad that runs across Guatemala City. The women dream of being treated with dignity and of the ending of the violence they endure. In order to draw attention to their everyday problems, they get together to form a football team, train for weeks and sign up for a local championship from which they are expelled for being prostitutes. This expulsion generates strong controversy in Guatemala, with support and rejection suddenly transforming their lives. Written and directed by Chema Rodríguez. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 90 min. DVD X3664

Roots Daughters
A moving testament to a modern living myth that informs about the Rastafari culture, as experienced by Rastawomen. It chronicles the lives of 16 Rastawomen from Guyana, Jamaica and Canada, including the acclaimed reggae singer Judy Mowatt. The film traces the origins of Rastafari from Africa, the mysterious warrior Queen Nyahbinghi after whom Nyahbinghi secret society was named, and Queen Kitami and Queen Muhumusa, who pioneered the spread of Nyahbinghi. In addition the film profiles Jamaican freedom fighter Marcus Garvey and Reggae superstar Bob Marley and includes footage of H.I.M. Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor and spiritual leader of Rastafari, in Geneva at the League of Nations. c1992. 98 min. Video/C MM364

Salt of the Earth. (1954)
Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. A semidocumentary of the year-long struggle by Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico. When an injunction is issued against the workers, the wives take up the battle with a fury, leaving the husbands to care for home and children. 94 min. DVD 682; VHS 999:266
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A Crime to Fit the Punishment (documentary on the making of Salt of the Earth) Video/C 9289

Senorita Extraviada: Missing Young Women
Documents a two year investigation of the layers of complicity that have allowed the unsolved mystery of the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 230 young women in the city of Juarez, Mexico. The perpetuators of these crimes have not been apprehended, even though these crimes have been occurring regularly since 1993. A film by Lourdes Portillo. 2001. 76 min. DVD X2693; vhs Video/C 9045

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Shunka's Story
A Tzotzil Maya woman of Zinacantan, Chiapas, conveys her thoughts and feelings about her life. The narration consists of the voice-over comments (in English) of the woman herself (Shunka), thus keeping to a minimum the intrusion of the filmaker's cultural biases. 1983. 20 min. Video/C MM814

This is Not Your Life.
Tells the story of a Brazilian woman, Noeli Cavalheiro, randomly chosen by the director to tell her story of growing up in Brazil. A Video by Jorge Furtado. c1991. 15 min. Video/C 3050

Threads of Hope
This powerful documentary tells the story of a group of Chilean women who banded together in silent protest and dared to defy a dictatorship. They are the sisters, mothers and wives of Pinochet's 'disappeared' and, armed with scraps of cloth, sewing needles and the overwhelming desire to find their loved ones, they set to work telling their stories by creating arpilleras: colourful handmade tapestries that chronicled the horror and injustice of Chile's reign of terror. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1996. 50 min. Video/C 8677

Unfinished Diary (Journal inacheve)
Chilean emigre Marilu Mallet struggles to make a film about her experience of profound isolation. Her English speaking husband, a prominent filmmaker, criticizes her subjective approach to filmmaking. Interviews with Isabel Allende and other Chilean exiles reveal a deep bond in this film about language and gender, exile and immigration. A film by Marilu Mallet. 1982. 55 min. Video/C 2833

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We Are Equal: Zapatista Women Speak.
Zapatista women speak about what their lives were like before the uprising in 1994 and how their lives have changed since. A very upfront and critical look at gender relations within the Zapatista communities--how far women have come and how far they still need to go. c2005. 19 min. Video/C MM852

Women in Action. (Caribbean Eye)
Women have always been prime movers in the informal economy of the Caribbean region. This program looks at projects undertaken by women in St, Vincent, Dominica, Jamaica and Guyana. The program is co-hosted by Vincentian Earlene Horne--mother, farmer, and secretary of the St. Vincent Farmers Union-- and follows her through a typical busy day. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 9812

Women in Jamaica.
The political, economic, and social history of Jamaica and the lives of women now living there. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1992. 58 min. Video/C 3030

Women in Nicaragua.
Interviews with Nicaraguan women in which they discuss their role in the Sandanista revolution and their continued support in the fight against the contras. c1983. 28 min. Video/C 2164

Women of El Planeta (Mujeres del Planeta) (As Women See It)
Women of the squatter settlement of El Planeta in Lima, Peru discuss their lives and problems. Depicts their efforts to make better lives for themselves and their families despite the hostility and indifference of the government and the upper class. A film by Maria Barea. c1982. 30 min. Video/C 4171

Women of Latin America (Mujeres de America Latina)
Series that looks at Latin America through its women with interviews and on-site visits. 1992. In Spanish. Dist.: Films Media Group.

Bolivia, la Coca, Alimento de los Pobres. This program examines the plight of women in the poverty ridden nation of Bolivia on varying social and economic levels. A congresswoman discusses her fight against cocaine production and use; a teacher struggles against government apathy toward education; a peasant woman reveals the harsh details of her existence. Progress made by women in the area of home business, art and music is examined, as well as the antiquated customs that keep women subservient. 72 min. Video/C 8651

Guatemala Silenciada. Probes the stratification of women in Guatemalan society. It examines the submissiveness of upper-class women; a new emerging middle class who are defying tradition and cultural expectations to fight for equal rights; and the indigenous population, who are segregated and discriminated against. It looks at sexual abuse and political terror and includes Guatemalan women refugees in Mexico who discuss the terror that drove them into exile. 72 min. Video/C 8652

Mexico: la Rebelion de las Lloronas. Looks at Mexican women who have fought for women's rights and equality. They are women looking for children kidnapped during political pogroms, journalists, writers and political activists. Machismo and the resulting sexism as well as some aspects of Catholicism are discussed as social factors contributing to the continued subjugation of Mexican women. 60 min. Video/C 8653

Nicaragua, del Rojo al Violeta. Follows the progress of women's rights and the fight for equal employment in Nicaragua. A former Sandinista fighter who lost a foot wants the government to give her a job; a woman displaced from her job by men returning from the war protests; another who's daughter was murdered by the Somozist Guard wants justice. Dozens tell their stories, as Violeta Chamorro defends her coalition government's policies toward women against criticism by feminists, who seek a wider role in political and social decision-making. 60 min. Video/C 8654

Peru, la Colera del Hambre. 60 min. Video/C 8655 Examines the efforts of city women in today's Peru, a country scourged by unemployment, political violence and drug trafficking, as they prepare community meals, work at menial jobs to support families, run employment workshops, and provide counseling for abused women, pregnant teenagers and refugees fleeing war in the provinces. It also examines the importance of the coca leaf to the rural Puruvian economy. 60 min. Video/C 8655

Women United (Mujeres unidas).
A look at indigenous women's collective work in the autonomous municipality of Chiapas, Mexico. Collectives have become a keystone for many Chiapaneco women involved in the movement for social and economic justice. It features a collective bakery, store and vegetable garden and interviews about how collectives have changed community life. Filmed by women from Morelia, Chiapas, Mexico, it is followed by brief comments by the editor about their plans to show the video in neighboring states. 2000. 16 min. Video/C MM856

Middle East

Afghanistan Unveiled (Regards D'Afghanes)
This film is shot by Afghan camera women traveling across Afghanistan offering unparalleled access to other Afghan women. The documentary traces the effects of the repressive rule of the Taliban on women and the recent U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign. Directed by Brigitte Brault. 2003. 52 min. DVD X2398; vhs Video/C MM346

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Algeria: Women at War.
A documentary on the situation of the woman in Algeria to-day. Some "Mudjahadines", the women fighters during the war of Independence from the French (1954-1962), recall their own experiences: their hopes and their disillusion after the war, when the Government refused to recognize their role and contribution to the National Liberation Movement. A new generation of women tries to find a path between modern democracy and the fundamentalism of the Islamic faith. c1992. 50 min. Video/C 4081

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Awakening
Documents the social and economic empowerment of women in Afghanistan and India whose roles have traditionally been restricted by their cultures. Awakened to new possibilities through education and access to micro-loans these women are redefining their roles in society. In Bihar, India's poorest state, Sister Mary Lobo organizes village women into groups where they learn to save small sums and invest their capital as a group. In Afghanistan, the nation's first woman-led micro-finance institution believes the nation's long-term success is dependent on women's economic freedom. What is emerging in both societies is a new economic system based on alternative values such as sharing and collaboration, where people band together to become more self-sufficient. Directors, Joel Weber and Dominic Howes. 48 min. DVD 6181

The Beauty Academy of Kabul
What happens when a group of hairdressers from America travel to Kabul with the intention of telling Afghan women how to do hair and makeup? This documentary tracks a unique development project: a shiny new beauty school, funded in part by beauty-industry mainstays, which sets out to teach the latest cutting, colouring and perming techniques to practicing and aspiring Afghan hairdressers and beauticians. The American teachers, all volunteers, include three Afghan-Americans returning home for the first time in over twenty years. Special features (69 min.): post-screening Q&A with Mermin (13 min.); 18 deleted scenes (56 min.); filmmaker bio (Mermin); resource guide with weblinks. Director and editor, Liz Mermin. 2004. 74 min. DVD X366

Behind the Veil: Afghan Women Under Fundamentalism
For women living in Afghanistan under repressive Taliban rule, beatings, rape and enslavement are commonplace occurrences. This gripping program describes the massive human rights abuses that have been escalating since the withdrawal of the Soviet forces, as seen through the eyes of women who have survived years of rampant gender and religious intolerance. Resistance activites carried out by women's groups inside the country are also documented, as they fight for freedom and democracy. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 26 min. Video/C 8708

Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk About Their Lives -- East and West
In the Arab world, women are fighting a two-front war against repressive internal constraints and intrusive Western interference. In this program, a feminist delegation composed of author Nawal Saadawi and other renowned activists from the Middle East and North Africa gather at the UN, on college campuses, and in church basements to speak out about deterioration of women's rights in the Arab states in an effort to heighten awareness of the Arab feminist struggle for equality--and the effects of U.S. foreign policy on their efforts. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 50 min. Video/C 7345

Covered.
Produced and directed by Tania Kamal-Eldin. This documentary examines the reasons behind the increased veiling occurring in Egypt. Intimate interviews set against a backdrop of compelling footage reveal the complex motives of women choosing to cover up. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 4880

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Crazy of You (Majnounak)
Young men from the industrial suburbs of Beirut are asked to reveal the details of their various sexual conquests. The men discuss their most memorable sexual experiences, their tactics of seduction and their views on the differences in sexual and gender roles in their social circles. A video by Akram Zaatari. 1997. 26 min. DVD X5228

Crimes of Honour
Across the Islamic world, women who are even suspected of immoral behavior are beaten, stoned, imprisoned and killed in order to "cleanse the family honour." An investigative look at muslim women in danger and the women who are taking risks to help them and to break an ancient code. Originally broadcast on the CBC television program Witness. 44 min. 1999. Video/C 8520

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Daughters of Afghanistan
A documentary chronicling the struggle for women's rights in Post-Taliban Afghanistan. Journalist and UNICEF representative Sally Armstrong follows four women and one girl as they pursue their dreams of liberation and the powerful forces that threaten their freedom. Includes interviews with the new government's Minister of Women's Affairs, Dr. Sima Samar, who risked death by keeping girls' schools and women's health clinics open. 2004. 52 min. DVD 3105

Daughters of Allah.
Through interviews with Palestinian women, including militant but heavily veiled female activists, a peasant who wants schooling for her daughter, university students of diverging opinions, and two runaways who found the pressure to conform unbearable, the range of Islamic feminism is presented in its social, political, and religious context. Directed by Manona Wali and Pamela Cohen. 50 min. 1998? Video/C 6529

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Death of a Princess
This film re-creates journalist Antony Thomas' journey through the Arab world to investigate the public execution for adultery of a young Saudi Arabian princess and her lover in 1977. Frontline reissues the 1980 docurama film followed by a discussion about the controversy surrounding the original release of the film and the status of Saudi women more than twenty years after the original broadcast. Originally produced as a segment of the television series Frontline. c2005. 117 min. DVD 6032

Dishonorable Killings: Punishing the Innocent
Investigative documentary on honor killings of women in Kurdish communities in southeastern Turkey. The film features compelling testimonies of women survivors in hiding, as well as candid interviews by male killers. The narrative thread juxtaposes the weight of tradition and community pressure against the courage of women who have the courage to take a stand and struggle to overcome ancient practices. Produced and directed by Richard Wolf. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. DVD X2414

Divorce Iranian Style (Talaq)
Looks inside an Iranian divorce court to show how women are treated under Islamic law by following the cases of three women who come before a judge and by turn use whatever they can -- reason, argument, charm, outrage, pleas for sympathy, patience, wit -- to get what they each want: a divorce. A film by Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini. 1998? 76 min. DVD X3855; Video/C 6836

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Divorce Sharia Style
From a terraced house in East London the Sharia Council presides over hundreds of cases every year, mainly marital disputes. The Sharia Council is a parallel legal system that remains unknown to many people, although it has existed for years. This documentary takes us inside the workings of Sharia law in a Western society, especially as it affects women seeking divorce ... The Council members' rulings are not recognized by British law but for the Muslim community their judgments carry the word of God. director, Masood Khan ; Faction Films for Channel 4. 2008. 49 min. DVD X347

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Googoosh: Iran's Daughter
Googoosh, Iran's legendary pop diva, was silenced following the 1979 Islamic revolution, when women singers were labeled "temptresses" and forbidden to perform publicly in the presence of men or to release recordings. Looks at her beginnings as a child star to her full-fledged adult career of unpreceedented scope, to silence and resurgence. Packed with clips from her films as well as concert footage, examines her image and cultural significance, and places her story in a political and historical context. 2004. 158 min. DVD 3305

Hajj: Drinking from the Stream.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "Hajj is an experimental ethnography looking at acts of resistence and empowerment in the everyday life of Turkish and Kurdish women. This project explores the notion of performance in everyday life--forms of activity which would otherwise be censurable, dangerous, or threatening--in the context of a gender-segregated and patriarchal culture. While Hajj is not an anthropological film per se, it attempts to counter mainstream ethnographic preoccupation with esoteric or ritual activity (special occasions and "public: culture typically carried out by/for men) by looking at "non-events," or the performative elements in women's domestic tasks. Using footage of village life and women at work, the film addresses the multiple meanings behind women's domestic labor, and the potential social power derived from the marginalized activity of home." [filmmakers description] 1992. 20 min. Video/C 4476

Haram: Yemen, The Hidden Half Speaks.
Presents a surprising look at women's lives and gender roles in contemporary Yemen through the personal narratives of individual Yemeni women struggling for self-determination. These powerful women speak eloquently about breaking societal taboos and fighting for the right to be educated, for economic independence and self-sufficiency. Their moving stories are essential for understanding the myriad forms resistance can take. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM350

Hidden Faces.
Originally intended as a film about internationally renowned feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi, this film develops into a fascinating portrayal of Egyptian women's lives in Muslim society. It broaches the contradictions of feminism in a Muslim environment and the profound attachments to traditional family life. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3164

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Hijab: An Expression of My Soul
Islamic women living in California explain their religious beliefs in relation to hijab, the head-scarf worn by Muslim women and explain their decision to continue this practice while living in the United States. This film was made through the Ethnic Studies Class at U.C. Berkeley. Produced, directed and edited by Juveria Abdul-Aleem and Irum Shiekh. 1999. 20 min. DVD 8699 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6556

Honourable Murder (Hedersmord)
Honor, in many countries of the Middle East, is more important than any other characteristic or possession, including the lives of one's daughter, sister or wife. This program examines the cultural tradition that makes women the talisman of family honor and the practice of atoning for "dishonor" with their blood. Scholars, judges and clergymen discuss the age-old practice, the laws that allow the murderers to go unpunished and the religious roots. Women who have "dishonored" their families by being raped or because they eloped to escape a forced marriage are interviewed. Provides an in-depth analysis of Middle East culture that is slowly changing as it overcomes centuries of tradition. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 7837

Iranian Journey
This documentary follows Masoumeh Soltan Bolaghie, the first female bus driver in the Muslim world, as she drives her bus on a 20-hour journey from the Iranian capital, Tehran, to the port city of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf coast. The changes in the lives and roles of women in a period of transition in Iran are explored. In a country where women's choices, including what they wear, are restricted by legal and religious doctrine, Masoumeh is a symbol of determination for change to take place in this Islamic society. 1999. 54 min. Video/C MM348

Islam and Feminism.
Film examines the inequities in Pakistan's Islamic law, which does not distinguish among rape, adultery and fornication. Under this law, the testimony of two women is valued as equal to that of one man. A rape victim can be charged under Islamic law with having had extramarital sex. This report examines these contradictions, and introduces efforts of women's organizations to battle the severe discrimination which Pakistani women must endure. Directed by Nighat Said Khan. c1991. 25 min. DVD X3937; Video/C 3051

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The Ladies' Room (Zananeh)
Filmed in a women's restroom in a park in Tehran, this film offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. The ladies' room enables the women to unveil themselves, both physically and psychologically. In a series of frank and intimate conversations they debate everything from drugs and family abuse, to sex, relationships and religion. 2003. 55 min. Video/C MM347

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Mekudeshet: Sentenced to Marriage
This shocking documentary exposes the Kafkaesque process of divorce for women in Israel where secular law does not exist, and divorce is dealt with according to archaic and fundamentalist orthodox Jewish law. Follows the stuggles of three young women doing all that is possible to obtain a divorce from the Rabbinical Courts, which hold that the husband must grant the divorce willingly. They are aided by a group of female orthodox rabbinical advocates. Director, Anat Zuria. c2004. 65 min. Video/C MM459

Mirror of the Soul: the Forough Farrokhzad Trilogy: Iran's Greatest Poet Revealed
Forough Farrokhzad, Iran's most celebrated contemporary poet became a legend in her own time for her innovative and controversial poetry. In this extensive multi-part documentary, Farrokhzad's life, work and very soul are laid bare as interviews and commentary dig into her personal and professional life to uncover this outspoken poet who pushed the boundaries of Iranian society. Written and directed by Nasser Saffarian. 2007. 152 min. DVD 8169

Mirror of the Soul: the Forough Farrokhzad Trilogy: Iran's Greatest Poet Revealed
Forough Farrokhzad, Iran's most celebrated contemporary poet became a legend in her own time for her innovative and controversial poetry. In this extensive multi-part documentary, Farrokhzad's life, work and very soul are laid bare as interviews and commentary dig into her personal and professional life to uncover this outspoken poet who pushed the boundaries of Iranian society. Written and directed by Nasser Saffarian. 2007. 152 min. DVD 8169

Muslim Women Talk About Sex
In today's Arab-Muslim culture, the most taboo subject for women is sex. In this film, eight enlightened Muslim women living in France speak out frankly about their sexual educations and experiences in relation to Islamic tradition. A film by Sophie Jeanneau. 2006. 45 min. DVD 8625

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My Journey, My Islam
Through interviews with Muslim women in Australia, India, Pakistan and Britain this film documents how they reconcile and interpret the requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture. Although the film focuses on the Hijab (veil) and the Burhka, it raises larger issues and questions surrounding identity, women's rights and their place in Muslim society. Includes an interview with former Pakitani premier, Benazir Bhutto who speaks of her experiences as a Muslim woman and how her beliefs in Islam were by no means a hindrance to her career. c1999. 56 min. Video/C 8133

The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua (La Nouba des femmes du Mont-Chenoua)
Taking its title and structure from the "Nouba," a traditional song of five movements, this film mingles narrative and documentary styles to present the creation of women's personal and cultural histories. Returning to her native region in Algeria after 15 years, Lila is obsessed by memories of the war for independence that defined her childhood. In dialogue with other Algerian women, she reflects on the differences between her life and theirs and contemplates the power of grandmothers who pass down traditions of anti-colonial resistance to their heirs. A film by Assia Djebar. 1977. 115 min. DVD X1307; vhs Video/C 8137

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Once This Land Was Ours.
A poetic documentary about women agriculture workers in India and their struggle to provide for their families. 1991. 19 min. Video/C 3359

The Other Side of Burka
On the southern Iranian island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, women wear a headscarf and a "burka," a pinching mask of black bands that presses against the eyebrows and nose ending in a point just above the mouth. The interviewed women do not remove this outward sign of oppression, but against strict Islamic religious rules, they talk openly into the camera about their lives. Produced, written and directed by Mehrdad Oskouei. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2005. 52 min. DVD 5388

Our Honour, His Glory: Honor Killing in the Palestinian Zone
In some Palestinian villages, honor is deemed of such importance that a father, brother or cousin is entitled to kill a woman if her morals are suspect. This film follows two cases of these so-called honor killings which are tacitly accepted, although Palestinians refuse to admit that women are killed for these reasons and human rights organizations remain silent on the problem. 1997. 28 min. Video/C 7892

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Out of Phoenix Bridge
Follows two years in the lives of four young women from the village of Phoenix Bridge, who have come to Beijing for work. Although they work long hours as maids or street vendors and share a tiny room, they savor these years -- between living as a daughter at home and returning to the village to marry -- as probably the freest time of their lives. In intimate ) footage, they frankly discuss their experiences with men, work issues and pressures from home, as they straddle traditional and modern roles, exemplifying the conflicts between the swift changes in women's roles in China and other developing nations. 1997. 120 min. Video/C 9596

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Permissible Dreams. (As Women See It)
An examination of the lives of Arab women through the life of Om Said, a traditional Egyptian woman who is typical of thousands of women living in rural villages throughout Egypt. She married at fifteen, has eight children, and does not read or write--yet she is the economist, the doctor, the planner of her family's future. 1983. 32 min. Video/C 4169

A Place Called Home
An Iranian woman, after living and working in the United States, explores her controversial decision to move back to Iran, to return to the place she never stopped calling home. This very personal documentary presents interviews with her family -- with her mother and sister in the United States and with her father, who chose to remain in Iran. Examining the complex layers of expatriate and cultural identities, the film also features a rare glimpse of women's lives in contemporary Tehran. A film by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 8368

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The Price of Change.
Once considered shameful, nearly 40% of Egyptian women now work outside the home. This film examines the effect of working on five women revealing that modern Egyptian women have more choices today in family planning, education and careers. But for the poor and uneducated, the new status often creates double responsibilities at home and at work. Originally produced in 1982 (released in 1990's). 26 min. Video/C 7202
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The Pupil of Her Hand, In the Palm of Her Eye.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "A visual exploration of an invisible phenomenon, The Pupil of Her Hand In the Palm of Her Eye maps the cross-cultural and personal journey of the filmmaker's search for an elusive subject, the evil eye. Using footage shot in Morocco, the film traces the irony of looking, gazing and glancing in Moroccan women's culture, where such actions are heavily coded and controlled. Ultimately, an evocation of references that lead to and hover about the evil eye, the film suggests the inherent complexity of ethnographic documents portraying another culture." (filmmaker's description) 1994. 10 min. Video/C 4475

Purity: Breaking the Codes of Silence.
Israeli filmmaker Anat Zuria examines the Tharat Hamishpaha, or Taharat HaMishpacha (family purity), religious laws that are often seen as imposed by men to shape women's lives and sexuality. The filmaker and her friends discuss their own struggles with observance and adaptation of traditional practices to their changing lives, exploring the meaning of purity to modern women. 2002. 63 min. Video/C MM458

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Quest for Honor
Describes the practice of "honor killing" of women by male relatives for actions deemed dishonorable to their families in Kurdistan, Iraq, and highlights efforts by Kurdish activists to end the practice. Directed by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni. 2009. 67 min. DVD X7107
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Rise: Revolutionary Women Re-envisioning Afghanistan.
Documents the lives of Afghans following the recent American-led military campaign. RAWA members interview refugees, victims of factional fighting and Taliban abuse as well as residents who witnessed the recent bombings of civilian homes. RAWA spokeswomen call for gender equality, democracy, freedom, and an end to foreign military intervention. Shot by members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, using both a regular and a hidden camera. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2002. 14 min. DVD 3260

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Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You(Why Democracry? Series)
In 2005, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose National Democratic Party has been the dominant political force for 24 years, announced that Egypt would hold multi-party presidential elections. Unable to sit by while their country is on the brink of change, three women activists [Bosayna Kamel, Ghada Shahbandar & Engi Haddad] start a grassroots campaign to empower the public and hold their government accountable... They film the election process, capturing widespread violence and voter fraud, and broadcast the footage on their website. Directed by Sherief Elkatsha, Leila Menjou. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X394

Stories of Honour and Shame.
The Gaza Strip endured 27 years of Israeli occupation and a prolonged Palestinian uprising. It is now partially administered by the Palestinian National Authority. This behind-the-scenes film reveals the hidden lives of the Palestinian women who live there. Fifteen women reveal their roles in a patriarchal Islamic society where men dictate most aspects of life. Shows the resilience and courage of women who, despite very difficult circumstances, all speak with enormous dignity and grace. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 4627

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Runaway
A powerful documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to the women's shelter, Reyhaneh Centre, in Tehran, Iran. It focuses on the sufferings of the girls who struggle to free themselves from the tyrannical and abusive power of their families, mainly their fathers, brothers and stepfathers. A moving, personal expose of the systematic control of women through anger and aggression in the Iranian patriarchal system. 2002? 84 min. Video/C 9097

Search for Freedom
Traces the dramatic social and political history of Afghanistan from the 1920s to the present through the stories of four remarkable women: Princess Shafiqa Saroj, sister of the beloved progressive King Amanullah (1919-1929); Mairman Parveen, the first woman to sing on Afghan radio; Moshina, a war widow and survivor of a Taliban massacre; and Sohaila, an exiled medical student who ran underground schools for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women) during the Taliban regime. 2003. 54 min. Video/C MM351

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Sense of Honor.
Nadia Atif, an Egyptian anthropologist takes a look at the role of women in Egypt and explains the Muslim women's sense of honor. c1982. 50 min. Video/C 716

Shackled Women.
This program assesses second- and third-world abuses of women's rights by the male establishment and examines how female collaboration sometimes contributes to their perpetuation. Feminist Taslima Nasreen and others speak out on topics such as dowry deaths, female circumcision, the Islamic Zina law, the rigors of Hijab, and child prostitution. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 41 min. Video/C 7042

Shroud of Silence: Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
Chronicles the everyday struggle that is life for women and girls living in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime's brutal system of gender apartheid. 1998. 15 min. Video/C 8340

Soraida: A Woman of Palestine
Soraida is a Palestinian woman living in Ramallah, in the occupied territories. In this city under siege and a strict curfew, she is determined not to lose her humanity ... Soraida wonders how to reconcile the multiple facets of her identity -- as a woman, a mother and a comitted Palestinian. As a patriot, she is tempted to join the struggle, while as a mother, she is responsible for her two children and must keep her distance. The questions that haunt Soraida, her family and her neighbors take us to the heart of human experience: How to preserve one's humanity in the midst of oppression? How to resist being consumed by hate and anger, caught up in the cycle of victim and victimizer? Research, script and direction, Tahani Rached. 2004. 52 min. DVD 7903

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The Tenth Planet: A Single Life in Baghdad
Paints a picture of the current situation in post-Saddam Iraq from a young Baghdadi woman's perspective. It is a respite from the media's incessant coverage of the cost of war measured in dollars and body-counts and portrays a more intimate and human side of Baghdad, woven with the joys, fears and hopes of a young woman's everyday life. Directed by Melis Birder. 2004. 39 min. DVD 6979

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These Girls (el-benate dol)
Follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. With astonishing access to the girls' world, this vigorous, cinematic film is built upon the deep trust of its subjects. Already at a disadvantage as impoverished and abused girls in a Muslim society, they encounter rape, drug addiction, prostitution, pregnancy and motherhood on the streets. While the girls' troubles are not downplayed, neither are their courage, playfulness and vibrant camaraderie. A film by Tahani Rached. 2006. 68 min. DVD 7915

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They Call Me Muslim.
Muslim headgear, the Hijab. One in France has chosen to wear the Hijab in defiance of French Law. The other skirts the law in Iran, by wearing it as little as possible. A documentary written, produced and edited by Diana Ferrero. 2006. 27 min. DVD 7902

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Transparency
Examines one of the most controversial issues in Islam today, the Hijab - the Islamic dress code for women. Is it a form of oppression or a woman's expression of faith? Through sharing their views and personal experiences, several Muslim women living in the United States help us understand the various attitudes toward the Hijab and the compelling arguments of the underlying issues of morality, modesty and faith to oppression and a woman's right to choose. Produced and directed by Osama Al-Zain. 2002. 30 min. DVD 9906

Under One Sky: Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab
Is the hijab veil associated with Muslim women, a symbol of oppression, cultural identity or a combination of both elements? Set against a backdrop of Madison Avenue ads and Hollywood movies that romaticize or demonize the Middle Eastern woman, this program presents the history of Arab womanhood, from the days of early colonial missions to the post-Gulf War era. Informed, articulate Arab women living in North America describe the ideologies behind the veil and tear away the labels imposed by both East and West. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 44 min. Video/C 7346

A Veiled Hope (L'espoir voile)
Explores the personal and political challenges facing Palestinian women through a series of portraits of women living on the Gaza and West Bank. The women explain how in their daily lives as doctors, schoolteachers and activists they are working to rebuild Palestinian cultural identity. They also provide a rare insight into the complex feelings women have surrounding the emergence of political Islamic movements. c1994. 59 min. Video/C 9046

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A Veiled Revolution.
Egypt was the first Arab country where women marched in political demonstrations (1919): the first Arab country where women took off the veil (1923): the first Arab country to offer free public secular education to women (1924). Today the grand-daughters of those early feminists are putting on a modest garb, sometimes with full face veil and gloves, which they call Islamic dress. The film explores the different facets of the new "veiling". Director, Marilyn Gaunt. 26 min. 1982. 1991. DVD X3438' Video/C 2818

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Veils Uncovered
Documents the reality of sexual competition among women in Damascus as they vie for number one position, exclusivity with their husbands. Filmed in the marketplace of Souk Al-Hamidivyah, this is a moving personal account of the unexplored sexual world of women who live behind the veil. Islamic religious rules and their application in marriage are explained, the wide ranging social dynamics are explored in marketplace and in the lives of the women of Damascus. Dist.: Filmwest Associates. c2002. 25 min. Video/C 9759

View from a Grain of Sand: Three Women, Three Wars: Stories of Survival from Afghanistan
Shot over a three-year period in the refugee camps of north-western Pakistan and in the war-torn city of Kabul, three women's personal stories are portrayed within the larger context of international interference, war, and the rise of religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan. Written and directed by Meena Nanji. Dist.: New Day Films. 2006. 82 min. DVD X2404

Voices of the Morning.
A meditation on women's roles as defined by orthodox Islamic laws. It is one of the first productions by a rising wave of South Asian women visual artists. Examines familial and societal restrictions placed on South Asian women. 1992. 15 min. Video/C 2786

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Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare
Can Islamic values co-exist with full equality for women? Voices unveiled examines this timely issue through portraits of three women pursuing life paths and careers of their own choosing in present-day Turkey. Textile artist Belkis Belpinar [i.e., Balp?nar], whose work combines science and kilim rug traditions, resisted her father's wishes that she study engineering. Dancer and psychologist Banu Yucelar [i.e., Yuceler] braved family opposition to modern dance, widely perceived as a form of prostitution. Women's rights activist Nur Bakata Mardin helps women in underserved communities form small business cooperatives. Each has defied social expectations in a democratic, secular nation where religious fundamentalism has re-emerged as a political force and patriarchal values still prevail. Directed by Binnur Karaevli. 2010. 71 min. DVD X6583

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Wearing Hijab: Uncovering the Myths of Islam in the United States
Six women who were born into Muslim families or who chose to convert to Islam talk about being Muslim in the United States, and their choice of whether to wear the traditional veil, the hijab. Interviews with spouses and family members also shed light on the spiritual and cultural dimensions of this practice. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 34 min. DVD 5402

Women and Islam. (Islamic Conversations.)
Leila Ahmed, professor of women's studies at Amherst, argues the case for revision of the widely-held views of the Islamic world about the role of women, using examples from history and the role played by women in the contemporary society. She explains the origin of the veil, and discusses the issue of marriage and women's rights within marriage. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 6894

Women Like Us
A documentary film profiling 5 ordinary Iranian women of different ages and backgrounds: a nurse, a journalist, a rice farmer, a religious college graduate and a piano teacher. Against a backdrop of Islam, revolution and war, they share their views on the veil, the relationship of Iranian women to the West and the long-ranging impacts of the 1979 Revolution on the status of women in their country. 60 min. 2002. Video/C MM344

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Women Next Door.
Palestinian women, Israeli women and their families are interviewed. They describe the challenges and inhumanities they face in war zones and refugee camps, in the occupied territory. A film by Michal Aviad. c1992. 80 min. Video/C 3369

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The Women of Hizbollah
Filmmaker Maher Abi-Samra returns to the neighborhood of his youth in Beirut settled in the 1950's by the mostly shiite community from southern Lebanon and now the stronghold of the Islamic Party of God, the Hezbollah. This film is a portrait of two Lebanese muslim women, Zeinab and Khadije, who are activists in the Hezbollah. It examines the personal, social and political factors that undergird their commitment, presents the activities of the Islamic political party and examines its place in Beirut society and in Lebanese politics. A film by Maher Abi-Samra. 2000. 49 min. DVD X3424; Video/C 8189

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Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion
Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the United States to interview Muslim women about Western assumptions about the practice of wearing veils. Explores the historical origins and stereotypes about veiling and confronts common misconceptions about the tradition of covering in Muslim society. 2004. 50 min. DVD 3744

Women of the Sand
Documentary about the nomadic Muslim women of the Sahara desert. Filmed in Mauritania, West Africa, the film follows the day-to-day activities of these women, documenting their work, family and community life, expectations and emotions. Directed by Ricardo Lobo. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. c2003. 52 min. DVD X5436

Women Under Seige.
Rashadiyah lies six miles north of the Israeli border, deep in southern Lebanon. In 1964 it became a camp for 14,000 Palestinian refugees. Decimated in 1978 by Israeli invasion,the camp regrouped and in 1981 had a population of 9,000. Here people go about their daily livesdespite the constant threat of enemy attack, and the need for arming against those attacks. Women play a crucial role in the community. Text accompanies. c1982. 28 min. DVD 4189 (preservation copy); also Video/C 2819

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Anonymously Yours
An extraordinary documentary shot clandestinely in Burma, the film examines sex-trafficking in Southeast Asia through interviews with four young women. The brutal honesty of their stories exposes the commonplace bartering and selling of women and the cycles of poverty that enslave them. From the back rooms of teashops and restaurants to the lounges of five-star hotels, the Far East sex trade thrives on the routine merchandising of girls and women for the sexual pleasure of men from all cultures. c2002. 58 min. Video/C 9864

As the Mirror Burns.
Documentary which investigates the heavy involvement of Vietnamese women as guerillas and soldiers in the Vietnamese war. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 3410

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Awakening
Documents the social and economic empowerment of women in Afghanistan and India whose roles have traditionally been restricted by their cultures. Awakened to new possibilities through education and access to micro-loans these women are redefining their roles in society. In Bihar, India's poorest state, Sister Mary Lobo organizes village women into groups where they learn to save small sums and invest their capital as a group. In Afghanistan, the nation's first woman-led micro-finance institution believes the nation's long-term success is dependent on women's economic freedom. What is emerging in both societies is a new economic system based on alternative values such as sharing and collaboration, where people band together to become more self-sufficient. Directors, Joel Weber and Dominic Howes. 48 min. DVD 6181

Bangkok Girl
This tragic documentary provides a glimpse into Thailand's notorious and booming sex tourism industry through the experiences of a 19-year-old bar girl named Pla. Working in the bars from the age of thirteen, Pla has managed to avoid selling her body--a remarkable revelation given her surroundings--but her refusal to take part in this all-too-common profession for young Thai women cannot last. The introduction of falangs, or foreigners, to Thailand has forever changed the city, the economy, the Thai people's lives and desires. A daring and unabashed look at a popular Western predilection through the eyes of one girl, this film challenges the accepted worldwide practice of sex tourism. Directed and written by Jordan Clark. Dist: Moving Images Distribution. 2005. 43 min. Video/C 8310

Behind the Smile
Hundreds of thousands of Thai young women leave their rural homes to work in the factories of Bangkok. They are the backbone of Thailand's recent economic success. This film presents the human cost of Thailand's rapid industrialization by examining the living conditions of young female factory workers in Bangkok, who help support their families in the poorer rural areas of the country. c1993. 46 min. Video/C 8310

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Behind the Veil: Voices of Moro Women
Documentary on how the Bangsamoro women of Mindanao have maintained their Islamic faith and families amidst a three decade war between the Bangsamoro people and the Philippine government. As they contemplate their situation, Bangsamoro women hold on to Islam. The veil is the symbol of their commitment to their people and their way of life. It is the mark of their faith. 1998. 18 min. Video/C 6467

Born Into Brothels
While living in the red light district of Calcutta and documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives. A film by Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski. c2005. 83 min. DVD 4383

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Curry, Andrew. "Young Eyes on Calcutta." Smithsonian, May2005, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p62-66, 5p UC users only
Fowler, Raymond D. "Born into Brothels." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 50 (30), 2005. UC users only
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Rangan, Pooja. "Immaterial Child Labor: Media Advocacy, Autoethnography, and the Case of Born into Brothels." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 25, no. 75 [3], pp. 143-177, 2011 UC users only
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Born into Prostitution: The Badis of Nepal
A daughter of a Badi prostitute is required to be registered under the surname Nepali. So marked from birth, she is born into prostitution and is expected to follow her mother into that trade-- unless the family, the Dalit community, or charitable NGOs are moved to help them make a change. This program profiles two Badi families and the positive efforts of one former prostitute and the director of Social Awareness for Education to assist them. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 28 min. DVD 9194

Born to Bondage
Looks at the plight of women in India, where girls are considered to be worth less than boys, often killed as fetuses or as wives sometimes killed over disputes over dowries. These intolerable situations have giving birth to a new found militancy. Phoolan Devi was brutally raped by 22 higher caste men. To revenge this outrage, she led a gang who set about murdering her assailants. After eleven years in jail she is now in parliament compaigning for women. A film by Marion Mayer-Hohdahl. 1985. 40 min. Video/C 7539

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Breaking Barriers
Documentary film looking at some of the initiatives of the community and the state to prevent domestic violence in India. 1999. 60 min. DVD 8945

California Dreaming.
A documentary on Indian brides for export. Punjabi girls dream of marrying to move overseas, to escape to a life of "no restrictions," where "a woman's work is appreciated" and "there is plenty of money." But the glamour of life abroad is offset by the reality of immigration problems from refusal of visas to hopelessly waiting to hear from their husband. a film by Meera Dewan. 1998. 30 min. DVD 4266

Chain of Love (Keten van liefde)
A documentary examining the Philippines' second largest export product--maternal love [domestic workers]--and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West. The money the expatriates earn in the West is sent home to the Philippines, where local help is hired to look after their children. This money is the Philippines' largest source of income in foreign currency. 2001. 50 min. Video/C 9325
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Colours of the Earth
Documentary television program on the empowerment of Dalit women in Andhra, India through their traditional knowledge of farming. The older women guided others by teaching them traditional practices and together the women pioneered a system that ensures subsidized food grains through the creation of seed banks at the village level. Written & directed by Kavita Das Gupta. 2002. 28 min. Video/C MM858

Corazon Aquino at the Greek Theater.
University of California, Berkeley welcomes Corazon Aquino, 1986 recipient of the Berkeley medal. Video/C 916

The Courtesans of Bombay
Pavan Pool is an enclosed area of Bombay where the city's singing and dancing courtesans ply their trade amidst crammed tenements houses where thousands of men seek out forbidden pleasures. This docudrama shows how young girls are groomed in the arts of singing, dancing, and by inference, seduction. It shows a tradition with a special place in Indian society: the entertainment of paying customers - always men - by songstresses and dancers who perform in the classical Hindustani styles of the ancient "nautch" girls. Produced and directed by Ismail Merchant. 1983. 74 min. [DVD includes special feature: Documentary "Street musicians of Bombay"/ Richard Robbins (1994, 52 min.)] DVD 3711
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Dadi's Family.
Portrait of a farming family in India. Focuses on Dadi, the grandmother of a large household. Looks at the role and lives of women, who become members of their husband's family upon marriage. c1988. 59 min. Video/C 347

Dalda 13: A Portrait of Homai Vyarawalla
Profiles the life and work of retired Indian photographer Homai Vyarawalla. In a country where women are expected to be submissive, Mrs. Vyarawalla was toting a large camera on her sari draped shoulder, always pushing to where the action was. Her photographs documented the death of Gandhi, the visits of dignitaries such as Ho Chi, Queen Elizabeth and Jackie Kennedy. She gave up her career out of frustration when security restrictions governing female press photographers limited her access. In this film she shares her impressions of her work and the luminaries she photographed. 1995. 23 min. Video/C 4924

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Daughters of the Golden Bengal: Women in the Struggle Against Poverty
Depicts the growing movement of women in Bangladesh who, with the assistance of aid societies, run profitable cottage industries in their villages, often risking severe reprisals as they defy repressive social customs and religious doctrines in order to become financial contributors to their families and villages. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1995. 29 min. Video/C 7041

Daughters of the Veil.
In Pakistan, three out of four women cannot read or write. In a highly traditional and mainly rural society, women are confined to the home or the field. This video shows how education is helping four young women develop their potential and break this cycle of seclusion and ignorance. 14 min. 1997. Video/C MM430

Empowering Women in Nepal: Credit Where It's Due
Women in Nepal bear the brunt of farming and household chores and have very limited access to their own real property, savings, and credit. But now, in villages throughout the country, women are beginning to improve their lot with the help of microcredit projects that encourage cash savings and provide livelihood skills training and credit. This video presents three rural Nepali women who have taken control of their lives through microenterprise projects, reaping not only economic and financial benefits, but a new sense of unity and power. 2001. 10 min. Video/C MM429

Empowerment Through Unity: Pani Milan, Strategies to Create a Network of Grassroots Women in the Himalayas.
Documentary of the regional workshop on the social conditions of the women that the group HIMAWANTI succeeded in bringing together with over 200 women throughout the Hindu-Kush-Himalayas attending. 2002. 39 min. Video/C MM867

Father, Son and Holy War.
A film examining the connection between religion, violence and male identity in India today and exploring the possibility that a key to the psychology of violence against "the enemy" is male insecurity, itself an inevitable product of the very construction of "manhood". In Hindi with English subtitles. 1994.120 min. Video/C 3638:1-2

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For a Place Under the Heavens
Beginning with the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Sumar traces the relationship of Islam to the state in an effort to understand how women are coping with and surviving the increasing religiosity of civil and political life in her country. She struggles to comprehend how religious schools have expanded at unthinkable rates and presents chilling footage of a mother encouraging her toddler to be a martyr when he grows up. Mixing political analysis with interviews with activist colleagues, noted Islamic scholars and Pakistani women who have chosen to embrace fundamentalism, Sumar's provocative questions dramatically capture the tension between liberal and fundamentalist forces that are shaping life in contemporary Pakistan. 2003. 53 min. Video/C MM352

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The Good Woman of Bangkok.
A documentary fiction film written and directed by Dennis O'Rourke. A docu-drama which intimately examines the world of Aoi, a reluctant Thai prostitute who caters for the enthusiastic first world clientele who crowd the girlie bars of Patpong in Thailand. It explores not only the details of her life as a prostitute, but also her innermost thoughts and disillusionment, her reasoning and her future. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1995. 82 min. DVD X1404; vhs Video/C 4867

The Hidden Story: A Quest for Women's Unrecorded History.
Presents the stories of four peasant women from different parts of India. From forest women to desert women to dalit women--the documentary explores the multiple roles of women in rural India. These women, hidden from history, language, and representation, narrate their stories of struggles, of hardships, and collective achievements. Conceived as a first person narrative, the documentary attempts an exploratory journey and dialogue between the filmmakers and the four women, who in many ways define their lives and selves through an evocation of dreams, memories, myths, and legends. (1996?) 58 min. Video/C 7155

Highway Courtesans
Examines the unusual custom of the Bachchara community in India which demands that the eldest daughter born to every family must work as a prostitute to support their entire household. Known as a Khilawadi, their positions are stronger than that of the male members of the community. Directed by Mystelle Brabbee Filmed in Central India from 1995 to 2004. 71 min. DVD 4508

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Catsoulis, Jeannette. "Highway Courtesans." New York Times, 12/1/2006, Vol. 156 Issue 53780, pE12,
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Highway to Hell: Trafficking of Girls from Nepal to India
Examines the plight of Nepalese girls tricked into leaving home, often with the promise of marriage or legitimate employment, then sold to brothels in India. A film by Meera Dewan. 2000. 38 min. Video/C 9738

Home.
Filmed entirely in India, this film explores the ideas of homeland, identity and resettlement as seen through the choices and dreams of two women. A film by Michelle Taghioff. 1992. 37 min. Video/C 3236

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Images of the Filipina in Struggle.
Four women from various sectors of the Philippines tell about their lives to present the struggles of filipino women for women's rights and fair employment practices. In Tagalog with English subtitles. 199?. 18 min. Video/C 6244

India Cabaret.
Examines the rules and double standards of India's patriarchal society. Focuses on a group of female strippers who work in a nightclub in the suburbs of Bombay and the customers who lead traditional family lives. Comparisions are drawn between the lives of the cabaret dancers and those of the "virtuous Indian wife." Film concludes as one of the dancers leaves the cabaret life to marry and become "respectable". A film by Mira Nair. 1986. 60 min. DVD X7101; Video/C 2568

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Nair, Mira. "India Cabaret: Reflections and Reactions." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, vol. 8. 1986-1987 Fall-Winter. pp: 58-71.

India: Holy Cow
Women filmakers travel to India to find women who revel in their country's spiritual fabric and ethic of giving back, among them a cop who tempers rifle practice with meditation, a former journalist battling the sex trade in Mumbai, the first Indian woman to summit Everest, a labor union organizer, and a woman percussionist. c2001. 54 min. Video/C 8524

Kababaihan: Filipina Portraits
Documents the grass-roots women's movement in the Philippines and Third World feminism through portraits of, and interviews with, women from various walks of life who are involved in the progressive movement for social change in the Philippines. 1989. 40 min. Video/C 5140

Kamala and Raji.
Two working women in Ahmedabad, India , try to organize their fellow workers. Kamala is an organizer for the Self-Employed Women's Association and Raji is a representative of the vegetable sellers. Co-directors, Cheryl Groff and Shireen Huq. c1990. 46 min. DVD X1407; vhs Video/C 1786

The Khmer Rouge Rice Fields.
Relates the story of Tang Kim and her struggles to come to terms with what happened to her during the Khmer Rouge regime. Filmed between 2003 and 2004, and based on over 35 interviews in Kanahi and Kampong Chhnang provices, the film reveals part of the history of the Khmer Rouge regime, giving voice to its victims. A film by Rachana Phat. 2004. 30 min. DVD 3633

Keep Her Under Control: Law's Patriarchy in India
Filmed in northeastern Rajasthan, India, this video documents a dispute resolution in a multi-caste village of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. The film discusses the Meos, a Muslim farming caste, and shows the paradox between a male ideology that demands the control of women and one woman's refusal to live by the moral and legal codes of the village's Islamic patriarchy. Produced by Erin Moore. C1998. 53 min. DVD X3269

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Knowing Her Place.
An Indian woman looks at her life, her marriage, and her role in contemporary society both in India and the United States. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 2198

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Kumari: Living Goddess of Nepal
In Nepal an ancient tradition survives to this day : young girls are chosen to become goddesses and taken away from their families to live in a temple where people come to worship them and pray for good fortune. In a country where girls are seen as second class citizens, the worshipping of a girl child could be seen as a positive role model, but some are adamant that the tradition should be stopped as the young girls miss out on their family and school life and suffer serious psychological problems as a result. This film looks at the life of three young goddesses and explores the debates for and against this unique tradition. A film by Tassia Kobylinska. c2005. 27 min. DVD X4230

The Long-haired Warriors
Vietnamese women have a long and legendary tradition of fierce warriorship -- a tradition exemplified in recent history by their wholehearted participation in the struggles against the French, the South Vietnamese Regular Army, and the American military. Ultimately, they shared in all those victories, but none came without painful losses and sorrows. This provocative documentary introduces a number of Vietnamese women who were active in the National Liberation Front, or Viet Cong, and shows how their wartime experiences shaped the rest of their lives. A highlight of the film is an emotional visit with four former prisoners to the infamous Con Dao prison camp where, from 1968 to 1975, they were among 600 women -- some as young as 15 years old -- kept in "tiger cages" and subjected to frequent torture and abuse by the American-supported South Vietnamese military forces. From disparate perspectives, these women universally express the conviction that their stories can provide a common thread of compassion to bind the wounds that divide people in the U.S. and Vietnam. They feel a bond with American wives and mothers who have also suffered profound losses. This engaging film examines the lives of some of America's former enemies and illuminates some surprising parallels and contrasts between their world and the world of the American filmmaker who seeks to discover their stories. It will stimulate discussion in a variety of courses in women's studies, Asian studies, and history. Produced by Mel Halbach. 1998. 60 min. Video/C MM549

The Love Market
In the highlands of North Vietnam lies the remote town of Sapa, home to a mosaic of colorful hill tribes. Sapa opened to tourism in the late 1990's and now roughly 200 hill tribe girls aged 7-18 years live independently on the streets of Sapa selling embroidery. A few years ago Australian film maker Shalom Almond visited Sapa as a tourist and became friends with four Hmong girls. The girls are savvy, street smart and dream of life beyond selling souvenirs. But how will these young girls survive the leap from remote tribal culture to 21st century Asia? Over the next three years Shalom returns to Vietnam with her camera to find out. Filmed and drected by Shalom Almond. 2008. 52 min. DVD X3792

Lucia (Developing Stories).
A dramatization based on factual conditions in which a Filipino woman and her family leave their fishing village after an oil spill and move to the ghettos outside Manila. There the woman struggles to keep her family together amidst terrorism, crime and corruption, and attempts to prevent her children from falling prey to the dangerous allures of the city's night life. 1992. 90 min. Video/C 3865

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Made in India.
portrait of the women's organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million. SEWA is at its core a trade union for the self-employed that offers union membership to d) the illiterate women who sell vegetables, pick up scraps for recycling from the streets and engage in small cottage industries. A film by Patricia Plattner. 1998. 52 min. DVD X5644; Video/C 7083

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Made in India: A Film About Surrogacy
A feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, the film explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective. Co-produced by Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha; co-directed by Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha. 2010. 97 min. DVD X6322

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Made in Thailand
A documentary about women factory workers in Thailand and their struggle to organize unions. In Thailand women make up 90% of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. While probing the impact of the New World Order on populations that provide cheap labor in Thailand, the film also profiles women newly empowered by their campaign for human and worker's rights. Producers/directors, Eve-Laure Moros, Linzy Emery. 1999. 33 min. DVD X7113; Video/C 7084

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Mardiyem: What Happened to Her Life.
Mardiyem from Indonesia, was forced to become a comfort woman during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia when she was only thirteen. This documentary tells the story of her turbulent life, and of her journey, fifty years later to Borneo, the former site of the sexual gratification facilities for Japanese soldiers, to revisit her former self. 2001. 92 min. Video/C MM81

Marriages in Heaven
Arranged marriages have been an important aspect of traditional Indian culture since ancient times, and they are still common today. This illuminating documentary explores the ways in which globalization and modernization are affecting young people and changing the traditions of marriage among Indians living both in India and in America. This documentary was produced in the Community Documentary Workshop of the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department of San Francisco State University. 2000. 27 min. DVD 6441

Married to a Goddess: Joginis of India
In southern India, Yellamma is the goddess of the untouchables, and the joginis are typically Dalit girls dedicated to their service-- and to the servicing of local men. After describing the sacred side of jogini life, this program explores the dark side: prostitution and rape. Interviews with joginis illustrate that although their abuse has been formally abolished, little has changed. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 28 min. DVD 9195

Match Made.
Filmed in Ho Chi Minh City, chronicles the search of an 38-year-od Singaporean for a young, beautiful Vietnamese bride, with the help of a marriage broker. Ricky, the bachelor, self consciously evaluates the shy young women who present themselves as candidates for marriage. Communication is accomplished with the help of a translator since Ricky speaks only Chinese and the girls speak Vietnamese. The marriage brokers are well versed in arranging introductions, quick picture perfect weddings, travel documents... and payments to the bride's family. Ricky selects the beautiful, 20 year old Nhanh, after assuring himself that she will take care of his ailing mother. The film follows the couple as they purchase rings and clothes for the wedding. The marriage is accomplished within three days of the meeting. A documentary by Mirabelle Ang. 2006. 48 min. DVD X350

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Migrante.
Examines the lives and working conditions of migrant Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. Discusses the labor abuses and hardships they face and the social costs of separation from their families. In Tagalog with English subtitles. 1988. 44 min. Video/C 6245

Miyah: The Life of a Javanese Woman
An intimate portait of a Javanese woman who works as a servant and cook for a family in Jakarta, Indonesia. Miyah represents millions of rural dwellers who seek work in the cities and whose labor undergirds Asia's economies. While many aspects of her life are specific to circumstances in Indonesia, Miyah also presents women all over the world who must struggle with the day to day problems of making a living to support not only her own children but also her aging parents. c1999. 33 min. Video/C 9467

Modern Brides: Arranged Marriage in South India.
Describes two middle-class brahman marriages in Mysore, South India in 1983. Through interviews with the brides, the grooms, and other members of their families, the film represents varying views on marriage, family loyalty, and family status. c1985. 30 min. Video/C 3378

Mother, Sister, Daughter: The Violence They Face.
Looks at the status of women in Nepal through articles published earlier as features in the Nepali press. Despite existing legislation against gender discrimination, these stories highlight that its enforcement has not been effective enough to protect women from the adversity that so many face within both family and society. 2003. 26 min. Video/C MM866

My Daughter the Terrorist
A rare, inside look at an organization that most of the world has blacklisted as a terrorist group. Made by the first foreign film crew to be given access to the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) of Sri Lanka. Dharsika and Puhalchudar have been living and fighting side-by-side for seven years as part of LTTE's elite force, the Black Tigers. Their story is told through cinema verite footage, newsreel footage, and interviews with the women and Dharsika's mother. The women describe heartbreaking traumas they both experienced at the hands of the Sri Lankan army, which led them to join the guerrilla forces. This documentary sheds light on the reasons that the Tamil Tigers continue their bloody struggle for independence while questioning their tactics. 2007. 58 min. DVD 9941

Women Make Movies catalog description

My Husband Doesn't Mind if I Disco
Examines gender roles of women in post-Maoist Tibetan society, focusing on the divisions between tradition and modernization, rural and urban life. 1994. 29 min. Video/C MM721

My Journey, My Islam
Through interviews with Muslim women in Australia, India, Pakistan and Britain this film documents how they reconcile and interpret the requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture. Although the film focuses on the Hijab (veil) and the Burhka, it raises larger issues and questions surrounding identity, women's rights and their place in Muslim society. Includes an interview with former Pakitani premier, Benazir Bhutto who speaks of her experiences as a Muslim woman and how her beliefs in Islam were by no means a hindrance to her career. A film by Kay Rasool. c1999. 56 min. Video/C 8133

A Nice Arrangement.
Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, Menna, the young bride, changes into her traditional bridal gear with the help of her divorced friend, Sita. Together, the women discuss Indian marriage customs and why they chose to marry the "perfect" cultural choice for their parents. 1991. 11 min. Video/C 3814

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Nice Coloured Girls.
In this film excerpts from 16th century sailor's journals concerning sexual exploitation of native Australian women are transposed over current day scenes of prostitution trade among aboriginal native women. Produced, directed & written by Tracey Moffatt. 1987. 26 min. DVD X7114; Video/C 2956

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No More Sabado Nights
Tells the story of how the women of Tawid Sapa, a slum in the outskirts of Metro Manila, organized themselves against wife-beating, set up a refuge for battered women, and even got the government to install electric lines and dig deep wells in their community. 1996. 18 min. Video/C 5376

Panihari: The Water Women of India
Looks at life in the desert communities of Rajasthan in India's Thar Desert. The film centers around the life of Paru, one of the Panihari (women who fetch water) as she struggles against nature and society to attain self-reliance for her family and herself. A film by Abi Devan and Sudhi Rajagopal. 2006. 30 min. DVD 5330

Pink Saris
The "Pink Gang" is a group of women who wear pink saris as a symbol of their revolt against their society. They are victims of domestic violence, rape and social exclusion. Their champion is Sampat Pal Devi, who takes up their cases of social injustice, often perpetrated by their husbands' extended families, with whom they're forced to live. Declaring 'women have nothing but their tears; what else do they have?', Sampat Pal has learned from experience. Once a child-bride and a victim of abuse herself, Sampat has no fear. She fought back and escaped the family, and now beleaguered women from throughout Uttar Pradesh seek her out, looking for the support and strength to do the same. Sampat Pal laudably takes up their causes, dramatically throwing herself into the middle of family dramas, yet for all her spirited righteousness, she can be forced to compromise in the face of the entrenched conventions and traditions she is railing against. A film by Kim Longinotto with Amber Latiff and Girjashankar Vohra. 2010. 96 min. DVD X7106
Women Make Movies catalog description

The Price of Youth.
Examines the explosion in systematic tafficking of young girls and women from Nepal to work as prostitutes in neighboring Bombay, India. Looks at grassroots efforts to combat their forced prostitution and to rehabilitate these young victims. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2003. 10 min. DVD 3246

Witness web site

Rishte (Relationships).
In India Lali Devi and 2 of her daughters take poison to kill themselves because there are five girls in the family and no boys. 1995. 26 min. Video/C 4638

Rising Above: Women of Vietnam. (Woman's Place)
A survey of the social and economic progress made by women in Vietnam since, and before, the end of the Vietnamese Conflict in 1975, including sequences showing the participation of women in the Vietnamese Conflict. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4596

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Sacrifice.
A film by Ellen Bruno. Each year thousands of girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in brothels in Thailand where they are held for years in debt bondage. The trafficking of Burmese girls is a direct result of political repression in Burma. Human rights abuses, war, and ethnic discrimination have displaced thousands of families leaving them with no means of livelihood. This film, through interviews with the girls, examines the social, cultural and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 5580

Saheri's Choice.
This program examines the custom of arranged marriages in India. It follows the story of one girl and her family as they confront the reality of an impending marriage that was arranged when the girl was barely six years old. An overview of the custom it as common among all castes, although many Indians view the practice in a negative light. Education, family wealth, and astrological compatibility are examined as important in determining with whom the marriages are arranged. The issue of dowry and severe penalties for breaking engagements are discussed, along with divorce negotiations should the marriage fail. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1998. 27 min. Video/C 6111

Sari Red.
A visual poem made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre, a young Indian woman, killed by fascists in 1985 in a racist attack in England. 1988. 14 min. Video/C 3462

Women Make Movies catalog description

Say I Do: Unveiling the Stories of Mail-order Brides
A documentary presenting three gripping personal stories of "mail-order brides" originally from the Philippines now living in Canada. Looks at the present-day "mail-order bride" industry combining advertisements, the internet and match making agencies to provide "traditional Filipino housewives." Dist.: Filmwest Associates. c2002. 56 min. Video/C 9761

Selling Women
Focuses on the experiences of two Philippine women who were sold into sexual slavery in Nigeria. Also looks at the lack of legal protections in the Philippines in relation to human trafficking. 2002. 10 min. DVD X1122

Shakti: The Performance of Gender Roles at Kamakhya, Assam.
An in-depth presentation on the social and religious practices of women in Assam, India. Senior Honors thesis of Tracy Wares, Anthropology Department of the University of California, Berkeley. c2001. 68 min. Video/C 8023

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Slowly But Surely: The Story of the Women of Kotra
Presents a tribal community's struggle for control and collective management of its natural resources in Kotra, India. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 8917

Sin City Diary
Examines the wretched lives of Filipina women who work as prostitutes in Olongapo City, near the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, Philippines, and the plight of the Amer-Asian children who've been deserted by their American fathers. 1992. 29 min. Video/C 7752

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Sisters and Daughters Betrayed: The Trafficking of Women and Girls and the Fight to End It
A report on the practice in Southeast Asia of illegally transporting millions of women and young girls from rural to urban areas and across national borders for the purposes of prostitution. This compelling video explores the social and economic forces that drive this lucrative underground trade, and the devastating impact it has on women's lives. A hopeful note is sounded by the actions of women's organizations working against sex trafficking in their native countries. 1995. 20 min.DVD X6796; Video/C 5521

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Sixteen Decisions.
Examines the social charter of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the 16 principles which undergird its success by examining the life of Selina, one of the 2.4 million Bangladeshi women building stronger rural economies through microcredit lending. 2000. 59 min. Video/C 7458

So Far from India.
Describes the experiences of a recently arrived Indian immigrant in America, contrasting them with the traditional world of his new bride whom he left behind in India. Seeks to explore the conflicts that arise when Indian culture meets American society. Directed by Mira Nair. 1982. 49 min. DVD X3206; vhs Video/C 2169

Filmakers Library catalog description

Something Between Her Hands
Examines the problems of sex slavery and labor for women in Southeast Asia by following the stories of six young Cambodian women who are forced to choose between a life of prostitution or garment factory work in order to survive. Directed and produced by Sonya Shah. 2004. 17 min. DVD 9898

Something Like a War.
Presents the dilemma of population pressure in India, where the official policy of population control clashes with the cultural values surrounding childbirth. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 3357

Women Make Movies catalog description

The Stream Within: Women from the Indian Freedom Struggle (Bheetar bahe mukti dhara)
A documentary about ordinary women who were active in the Indian National Congress, one of the main bodies leading the anti-imperialist nationalist movement in British-ruled India. Mahatma Gandhi became one of its main ideologues in the crucial period from 1919 to 1947. Extensively uses interviews with women, interspersed with black and white stills, and covers mainly events from 1928 until the 1942 Quit India agitation. PAL format. [199-?] 50 min. Video/C 8047

Sudesha. (As Women See It)
The "Chipko" movement was founded in India by peasant women who recognized the economic consequences of deforestation of their regions and was one of the first environmental movements in the Third World. This is an account of "Sudesha," a woman who lives in the foothills of the Himalayas, who organized the women of her village to save the forests, thereby challenging the rules of Indian society and women's traditional roles. A film directed by Deepa Dhanraj. c1983. 30 min. Video/C 4170

Surname Viet, Given Name Nam.
English and Vietnamese or Vietnamese with English subtitles. A film by Trinh T. Minha-ha. Interviews in Vietnam by Mai Thu Van, excerpted and translated from her book, Vietnam, Un Peuple Des Voix. c1989. 108 min. Video/C 2322

Books and articles by and about Trinh T. Minh-ha

Tawagin Mo Kaming, Kabudagan.
Examines the lives of rural filipino women and their families. In Tagalog. 199?. 22 min. Video/C 6247

Trading Women.
This documentary concerns the trafficking of women and girls into the Thai sex industry, and examines the related social and political factors. Profiles the hill peoples of Thailand, noting that lack of citizenship, with its associated landlessness, poverty and vulnerability to police corruption, is an overriding factor in the women becoming easy prey to sex traffickers. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 2002. 77 min. Video/C MM164

Trafficked: Children as Sexual Slaves
Follows private investigator and former Australian police officer, Chris Payne, as he investigates the trafficking of women and children for prostitution. Haunted by the case of "Nikkie", a young Thai girl found working in a brothel in Sydney, Payne travels to Thailand to find out what has happened to her since her deportation. Director, Luigi Acquisto. 2005. 52 min. DVD 6976

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Unbidden Voices.
A moving portrait of an Indian immigrant woman from Punjab, India, who works 12 hours a day in a Chicago restaurant. Emphasis is on exploitation of immigrant women, feminism, and contrasting cultures. 1989. 32 min. Video/C 3358

The Virgin Trade
Looking at the dark underbelly of Thailand's sex trade, this documentary unravels the complexities of Western sex tourism and its relationship with Asia's home grown trade. With accounts from travellers, male holiday makers and Thai girls the investigation turns expectation on its head in a shocking journey that is brutally honest, dark, humorous and surprisingly touching. Written and directed by Stuart Kershaw. 2007? 54 min. DVD 8834

What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny?
Made for Britain's Channel 4 TV series, "First Sex." Looks at four Indian women cabaret performers and explores the question of who sets the agenda for comedy. Is comedy culturally specific or can anyone enjoy a joke regardless or race and ethnicity? 1994. 18 min. Video/C 3758

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

When the Storm Came.
Profiles a village in Kashmir that was the site of a mass rape by Indian Security Forces in 1991. Depicts the impact that the mass rape continues to have on a community even over a decade later, reminding viewers that rape as a weapon of war is a global phenomenon that has continued throughout time. A documentary by Shilpi Gupta. 2003. 24 min.DVD 4822; vhs Video/C MM1292

Women and Islam. (Islamic Conversations.)
Leila Ahmed, professor of women's studies at Amherst, argues the case for revision of the widely-held views of the Islamic world about the role of women, using examples from history and the role played by women in the contemporary society. She explains the origin of the veil, and discusses the issue of marriage and women's rights within marriage. Dist.: Films Media Group.1993. 30 min. Video/C 6894

The Women's Bank of Bangladesh
Describes the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the small-business loans it makes to women only. It describes the philosophy, development and function of the bank and follows the activities of women who have taken out loans to fund their cottage industries. The film also examines the attitudes of those who oppose the bank as being contrary to Islamic law and the defense of bank policy by its founder, economics professor Muhammad Yunus. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1997. 47 min. DVD X6832; Video/C 5498

Women of the Earth: Australian Aborigines
Examines the lives of Australian aborigines through the eyes of aboriginal women. Shows the efforts to keep traditional aboriginal identity, lifestyle, and customs alive through art, dance, and storytelling and the continual struggle for land rights. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 5603

Sex Trafficking

Anonymously Yours
An extraordinary documentary shot clandestinely in Burma, the film examines sex-trafficking in Southeast Asia through interviews with four young women. The brutal honesty of their stories exposes the commonplace bartering and selling of women and the cycles of poverty that enslave them. From the back rooms of teashops and restaurants to the lounges of five-star hotels, the Far East sex trade thrives on the routine merchandising of girls and women for the sexual pleasure of men from all cultures. c2002. 58 min. Video/C 9864

Bought and Sold.
Based on a two year undercover investigation conducted by the Global Survival Network into the illegal trafficking in women from the Former Soviet Republics, this documentary features interviews with traffickers, Russian mafia, trafficked women, and groups working to provide services to these women. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness.org. 1997. 42 min. DVD 3253

Witness web site

Dying to Leave
Explores the current worldwide boom in illicit migration. Every year, an estimated two to four million people are shipped in containers, shepherded through sewage pipes, secreted in car chassis, and ferried across frigid waters. Others travel on legitimate carriers but with forged documents. An alarming number of these migrants end up in bondage, forced to work as prostitutes, thieves, or as laborers in sweatshops. By listening to the voices of those who pulled up their roots, who risked all, this documentary puts a human face on what might otherwise be seen as statistical, overwhelming and remote. Focusing on five major stories whose journeys traverse 16 countries from Colombia to China, from Mexico to Moldova this film looks into the circumstances that drove these migrants from their homes, describes the difficulties involved in their epic journeys and reveals what awaits them in their new world. Written and directed by Aaron Woolf and Chris Hilton. 2003. 120 min. DVD 8537

Highway to Hell: Trafficking of Girls from Nepal to India
Examines the plight of Nepalese girls tricked into leaving home, often with the promise of marriage or legitimate employment, then sold to brothels in India. A film by Meera Dewan. 2000. 38 min. Video/C 9738

Human Trafficking: A Crisis for the EU and the World
Europe's wealth represents a golden opportunity for those who smuggle cheap, easily exploited workers across international borders. But how does the loathsome mechanism of human trafficking actually occur, and what are EU authorities doing to fight it? This program investigates by recording the experiences of human trafficking victims and evaluating the work of the EU government in the battle against 21st-century slavery. Corruption, prostitution, victim protection and repatriation, and the creation of FRONTEX--the agency responsible for European border patrol--are all highlighted, while members of the European Parliament and other officials discuss what must be done to improve anti-smuggling efforts. Produced and directed by Wilson R. Ruiz. Dist.: Films Media Group. 26 min. DVD 9165 Human Trafficking
In search of a better life, Natasha and Galia Guto thought they had found fulfilling jobs in Turkey through their seemingly helpful neighbors. But when the Gutu sisters left their home in Moldova they were actually traveling into a nightmare-- not the health aide employment that their "friends" had promised, but rather enslavement as prostitutes. This program follows their story by recording their own painful accounts, a different side of the narrative as told by the mother-daughter pair who led them into deception, and the real-life courtroom drama that unfolds when the sisters bring charges against their former neighbors. Will a guilty verdict start Natasha and Galia on the road to healing? Directors, Thomas Robsahm and Tina Davis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2008. 45 min. DVD X7071 DVD X7072

Remote Sensing
The sex industry has become a business without borders. As sex industries expand, they seek out new global markets, and often new and younger victims. This video essay discusses the routes and reasons women travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. A film directed and produced by Ursula Biemann. 2001. 53 min. DVD X6676

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Sacrifice.
Each year thousands of girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in brothels in Thailand where they are held for years in debt bondage. The trafficking of Burmese girls is a direct result of political repression in Burma. Human rights abuses, war, and ethnic discrimination have displaced thousands of families leaving them with no means of livelihood. This film, through interviews with the girls, examines the social, cultural and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls. A film by Ellen Bruno. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 5580

Selling Women
Focuses on the experiences of two Philippine women who were sold into sexual slavery in Nigeria. Also looks at the lack of legal protections in the Philippines in relation to human trafficking. 2002. 10 min. DVD X1122

Shattered Dreams
Animated film produced to raise awareness among young people in Asian countries of the risks and consequences of becoming involved with people trafficking and exploitation. 2006. 45 min. DVD 7207
Sisters and Daughters Betrayed: The Trafficking of Women and Girls and the Fight to End It
A report on the practice in Southeast Asia of illegally transporting millions of women and young girls from rural to urban areas and across national borders for the purposes of prostitution. This compelling video explores the social and economic forces that drive this lucrative underground trade, and the devastating impact it has on women's lives. A hopeful note is sounded by the actions of women's organizations working against sex trafficking in their native countries. 1995. 20 min.DVD X6796; Video/C 5521

Description from Berkeley Media LLC catalog

Something Between Her Hands
Examines the problems of sex slavery and labor for women in Southeast Asia by following the stories of six young Cambodian women who are forced to choose between a life of prostitution or garment factory work in order to survive. Directed and produced by Sonya Shah. 2004. 17 min. DVD 9898

Stop the Traffick(City Life; 18)
A segment from a series documenting the effects of globalization on individuals and communities around the world. Part 18: Thirty years of war have left Cambodia ravaged and poverty-stricken, making it particularly vulnerable to the child labor industry. Children as young as 10 years old are trafficked into cities from rural areas to become sex workers or trafficked out to Thailand to work as beggars, domestic laborers, or laborers on construction sites. This program examines the trade and new efforts by the International Labor Organization and local groups to rescue the children and stop the traffic. Directed by Emily Marlow. c2001. 30 min. Video/C 8946

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Thailand
First segment: From Bangkok, an examination of Thailand's burgeoning, multi-billion dollar, sex industry and the sexual trafficking of minors. 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6742

Trading Women.
This documentary concerns the trafficking of women and girls into the Thai sex industry, and examines the related social and political factors. Profiles the hill peoples of Thailand, noting that lack of citizenship, with its associated landlessness, poverty and vulnerability to police corruption, is an overriding factor in the women becoming easy prey to sex traffickers. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 2002. 77 min. Video/C MM164

Trafficked: Children as Sexual Slaves
Follows private investigator and former Australian police officer, Chris Payne, as he investigates the trafficking of women and children for prostitution. Haunted by the case of "Nikkie", a young Thai girl found working in a brothel in Sydney, Payne travels to Thailand to find out what has happened to her since her deportation. Director, Luigi Acquisto. 2005. 52 min. DVD 6976

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

The Virgin Trade
Looking at the dark underbelly of Thailand's sex trade, this documentary unravels the complexities of Western sex tourism and its relationship with Asia's home grown trade. With accounts from travellers, male holiday makers and Thai girls the investigation turns expectation on its head in a shocking journey that is brutally honest, dark, humorous and surprisingly touching. Written and directed by Stuart Kershaw. 2007? 54 min. DVD 8834

Women in Literature, Arts, and Sciences

General Works and Overviews
Works about Individual Artists/Scientists

Art History and Practice
Avant-garde Artists, Performers, and Film Makers
Films in MRC by Women Directors
Literature and Theater History, Criticism, and Biography

General Works and Overviews

Art to Art: Expressions by Asian American Women.
Asian-American women artists Pacita Abad, Yong Soon Min, Hung Liu and Barbara Takenaga, in separate segments each discuss, and show examples of their work. c1993. 30 min. Video/C 3748

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

The Artist was a Woman: Woman Artists 1550-1950.
Documents the preparation and outcome of an exhibit devoted to American and European women artists. Discusses and displays the accomplishments of individual artists. 1980. 60 min. Video/C 321

Bad Girl
Women filmmakes are directing and producing hard-core videos to the female consumer. These women claim the right to pornography made by women for women and reject the censorship called for by feminists. Are they simply business-women out for their share of one of the most lucritive film markets, or avant-garde feminists and advocates of new sexual relationships? This documentary features selected film clips and interviews with feminist authors, filmmakers, anthropologists, sexologists and porn producers,directors and activists. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2001. 58 min. Video/C 8928

Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry
Meena Alexander, Staceyann Chin, Lori Tsang, Kimiko Hahn, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Cathy Song, Patricia Y. Ikeda, Barbara Michelle Tran, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Marilyn Chin, Myung Mi Kim, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Wang Ping, Le Thi Diem Thuy. Presents poetry readings and interviews with 15 major Asian-Pacific American women poets who speak of personal experiences of immigration and how these events have shaped their writing. This documentary serves as a virtual anthology and a testimony about gender, ethnicity, aesthetics, and creative choice, reflecting the individual voice and diversity within the Asian-American women's

Women Make Movies catalog description

The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash.
Afro-American filmmaker, producer, writer and director Julie Dash talks about her life and work and the difficulties she has had getting her films distributed and accepted. Interspersed with her comments are clips from three of her films, Daughters of the Dust, Illusions, and Diary of an African Nun, and she talks about the making of a fourth film, Four Women. One of her principal aims, she says, is "to redefine images of black women on the screen." A videotape by Yvonne Welbon. 1992. 27 min. DVD X6678; Video/C 7081

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Compañeras: The Story of the First All-female Mariachi Band
An intimate profile of America's first all-female mariachi band: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Since 1994, this 12-member group has been taking on a male-dominated musical tradition and building the popularity of mariachi music. A film by Elizabeth Massie & Matthew Buzzell. 60 min. 2008. DVD X349

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Deborah Remington: Woman in the Arts.
Abstract painter Deborah Remington reveals the philosophy which impells her works and discusses her art and success as a woman in today's competitive contemporary art world. 1987. 27 min. Video/C 6381

Don't Need You
Tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and women-friendly community. The film gives audiences a chance to meet key figures in the development of Riot Grrrl and see for themselves how these women have changed the history of music and feminism forever. The film features one-on-one interviews interspersed with rare, archival materials, including original Riot Grrrl fanzines, flyers, and photographs, as well as seldom seen footage from pioneering Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, and Bratmobile. Written, produced and directed by Kerri Koch. 2006. 39 min. DVD 6908

The Female Closet.
Produced, directed and edited by Barbara Hammer. Combining rare footage and interviews this documentary surveys the art and lives of various closeted lesbian women artists from different segments of the 20th century: Victorian photographer Alice Austen, Weimar collagist Hannah Hoch, and present day painter Nicole Eisenman. 1998. 59 min. Video/C 7624

Women Make Movies catalog description

First Person Feminine (series I) [Sound Recording]
Tape 1. Mabel Dove Danquah. Efua Theodora Sutherland -- Tape 2. Ama Ata Aidoo. Flora Nwapa -- Tape 3. Barbara Kimenye. Grace Ogot -- Tape 4. Olive Schreiner. Doris Lessing -- Tape 5. Nadine Gordimer -- Tape 6. Miriam Tlali. Bessie Head -- Tape 7. Assia Djebar. Fadhma Amrouche -- Tape 8. Marguerite Taos-Amrouche -- Tape 9. Marguerite Taos-Amrouche. Andree Chedid -- Tape 10. Leyla Erbil. Hualing Nieh. -- Tape 11. Hualing Nieh. Punyakante Wijenaike -- Tape 12. Suvimalee Gunaratna. Chitra Fernando -- Tape 13. Ethel Rovere. Christine Craig. Duration: Each program is approx. 30 min. in length. Originally broadcast in 1980-1981 on WOI-FM Radio, Ames, Iowa. Sound/C 1493

First Person Feminine (series II) [Sound Recording]
Tape 1. Program 1: Evelyne Accad interview. Program 2: Evelyne Accad "In between", pt. 1 -- Tape 2. Program 3: Evelyne Accad "In between", pt. 2. Program 4: Andree Chedid commentary and discussion -- Tape 3. Program 5: Andree Chedid "Mort au ralenti". Program 6: Latifa el-Zayat -- Tape 4. Program 7: Laila Baalabaki. Program 8: Sahar Khalifeh -- Tape 5. Program 9: Sahar Khalifeh. Program 10: Houaria Kadra -- Tape 6. Program 11: Selected modern Arab women poets and critics. Program 12: Soraya Noland interview --Tape 7. Program 13: Leyla Erbil. Program 14: Isabelle Eberhardt --Tape 8. Program 15: Simone Schwarz-Bart. Program 16: Lucie Horlyk -- Tape 9. Program 17: Maryse Conde, pt. 1. Program 18: Maryse Conde, pt. 2 -- Tape 10. Program 19: Vera Bell. Program 20: Lucille Iremonger -- Tape 11. Program 21: Jean Rhys. Program 22: Angelita Reyes -- Tape 12. Program 23: Paule Marshall. Program 24: Liliane Dbevieux Dehoux -- Tape 13. Program 25: Alifa Rifaat. Program 26: Sylvia Wynter -- Tape 14. Program 27: Peggy Appiah, pt. 1. Program 28: Peggy Appiah, pt. 2 -- Tape 15. Program 29: Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). Program 30: Micere Githae Mugo. Duration: Each program is approx. 30 min. in length. Originally broadcast in 1981-1982 on WOI-FM Radio, Ames, Iowa. Sound/C 1494

From the Heart
This film explores twentieth-century art by women, focusing on nine of the thirteen artists whose works compose the Gihon art collection: Works by Women. The artists provide the dialogue, about artistic techniques employed, family background, philosophy of art, self-criticism, and success. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 5877

Guerrillas in Our Midst
Gallery owners comment on the actions of a group of anonymous women artists who call themselves the Guerrilla Girls. Also interviewed are members of the Guerrilla Girls, who, dressed in gorrilla masks, work to promote greater representation of women and minority artists in art exhibitions. A film by Amy Harrison. 1992. 35 min. Video/C 7694

Women Make Movies catalog description

The Gender Chip Project.
In 1998 filmmaker Helen de Michiel got together with several young women majoring in the sciences, engineering and math at Ohio State University in Columbus. They agreed to meet regularly over their next three years of college, and create a community to share experiences and struggles as women stepping into traditionally male domains. This documentary reveals how women are finding new ways to honor their own growth, motivations and experience as they imagine how to make the science and technology workplace a comfortable environment for women to stay in and influence. Producer and director, Helen De Michiel. 2005. 54 min. DVD 7911

Women Make Movies catalog description

Gynopunk.
Documentary concerning the formation of an all-female punk rock band and the philosophy and attitudes of the musicians towards their music. Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology 138B) at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. 1994. 16 min. Video/C 2731

Mujeres Argentinas los Cuartos Propios: Lola Mora
Presents a documentary on the life of Argentine sculptor Lola Mora. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 28 min. Video/C MM521

Nobody Knows My Name
Tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists exist within a culture that revolves around self-expression, the subjects of Raimist's documentary must struggle to be heard. Featuring: Asia One, Leschea, Medusa, DJ Symphony, and T-Love. Tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Directed & filmed by Rachel Raimist. 1999. 58 min. DVD X1847; vhs Video/C MM498

Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Patti Smith is a renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Her music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw and original. Traces Patti's punk-poet roots through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Touches on her early days in New York City and includes the people dearest to her, her family, and the political causes she champions. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Jackson:" an interview with Patti's son, Jackson Smith; 16min: raw footage montage; theatrical trailer. Director, Steven Sebring. 2008. 109 min. DVD X874

Radical Harmonies
"Woodstock Meets Women's Liberation in a film about a movement that explodes the gender barriers in music." A documentary on the history of the women's music movement. With festival and concert footage, interviews & archival material, the film delves into the rich history of women creating a cultural life based in a commitment to diversity, feminism and women loving women. Features foremothers of women's music (Cris, Holly, Margie, Meg and more) and today's "new women's music" artists Ani Difranco, Melissa Ferrick, Bitch and Animal and more. c2002. 88 min. DVD 2371

Presents musical performances that took place in the last years of four highly expressive and individualistic makers of traditional old time country music. The footage shows a personal, reflective side of the music, as well as some more exuberant or dance oriented pieces. There is a strong blues flavor throughout. 60 min. Video/C 5489

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Righteous Babes
Intercutting performance footage with interviews, this documentary presents women rock musicians, women music critics and scholars discussing feminism and its expression in the work of women rock musicians in the 1990s. A videotape by Pratibha Parmar. 1998. 51 min. Video/C 7974

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The Role of Women in the Movies.
A history of the treatment of women on the screen. Features sequence from the films of Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Pola Negri, Louis Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Mae West. DVD 4219 (preservation copy); Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

Say My Name
In a hip-hop and r&b world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, these unstoppable female lyricists speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female emcees. This worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban cultures and musical movements, from hip hop's birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London's Eastside and all points Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A. in between ... Delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood, as the more than 18 artist featured in the film battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. Performers: Aaries, Big Manda, Chocolate Thai, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Georgia Girls, GTA Crew, Invincible, Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Miz Korona, Monie Love, Mystic, Princess & Diamond, Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Roxanne Shanté, Shankia, Sparky D, Trinie & Sister. Director, Nirit Peled. 2009. 73 min. DVD X4591

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Shooting Women
This global documentary reveals camerawomen's struggles to survive the odds in Hollywood, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, France, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries and explores their individual visions. Contents: Disc 2: Special features (103 min.): Women's smaller budgets -- The first camerawomen in Afghanistan -- Camerawomen & democracy -- Ola Butler -- Power in numbers -- Teaching courage -- Shooting & directing "Paroodeh" ; Working with guys ; Worst shooting experiences -- Teaching her son to shoot -- Lack of chauvinism in France -- Why women can't -- "CameraPEOPLE" -- Trailed by wolves -- Filming the Korean "Comfort women" -- Censorship & objectification -- Leaving country for career -- Camera assisting on "Star Wars" -- Filming the Olympics ; Safety in Hollywood -- On sexual imagery -- Women in Japanese camera unions -- Big budget films -- Sabotage in TV ; In her daughter's eyes -- Number of years to advance -- Shooting as hunting & gathering ; Daughter's career goal -- Women's problems : a global perspective -- Marriage & cinematography ; A dangerous stunt -- Learning to be a camerawoman -- Interview with Alexis Krasilovsky, director. written, directed and produced by Alexis Krasilovsky. Based on the book: Women behind the camera, conversations with camerawomen / by Alexis Krasilovsky. 2009. DVD X1310

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The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy Blache were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Sisters in Cinema
A documentary tracing the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Realizing that she wasn't going to find her sisters in cinema in Hollywood, the producer traveled the independent path to uncover a wide range of films directed by African American women outside of the Hollywood studio system. Early filmmakers include Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C. J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Eloyce Gist. Produced and directed by Yvonne Welbon. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM408

Sisters of the Screen: African Women in the Cinema
Featuring Safi Faye, Sarah Maldoror, Prudence Uriri, Anne Mungai, Fanta Regina Nacro, Ngozi Onwurah and others. Explores the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa through Interviews with thirty-five women filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora, interspersed with clips from their films. Also investigates the thorny question of cultural authenticity. A film by Beti Ellerson. 2002. 73 min. Video/C MM506

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Sphinxes Without Secrets: Women Performance Artists Speak Out.
Women artists discuss performance art and the significant role women have played in it. Includes excerpts from several performances. c1991. 58 min. Video/C 3275

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Sweatshop Cinderella
Arriving from Poland around 1890, Anzia Yezierska's family settled on the Lower East Side, where she toiled in sweatshops and laundries. Defying her parents, she pursued her education and devoted herself full-time to writing award-winning stories and novels in Yiddish-English dialect. Soon Hollywood, which turned two of her works into movies, beckoned her to write screenplays. When disenchantment with that world set in, she returned to New York to write. Director, producer, writer, Suzanne Wasserman. 2010. 27 min. DVD X4633

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Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women.
This tribute profiles the jazz trumpeter Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, and her lesbian partner of 40 years, drummer Ruby Lucas (aka Renee Phelan). Includes interviews with Tiny and Ruby in their Chicago home, archival material, lively musical performances, and narration by poet Cheryl Clarke. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1988. 28 min. Video/C 4073

W.A.R.: Women Art Revolution
Through intimate interviews with many of the participants, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this documentary examines the history of the feminist art movement in the late 20th century. Writer, director; Lynn Hershman Leeson. 2010. 83 min. DVD X5536

Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?
A multi-layered work featuring animation, archival footage and interviews presenting a thoughtful and creative film biography/essay on the late outlaw writer and punk icon, Kathy Acker, whose formally inventive novels, published from the '70s through the mid-90s, challenged assumptions about gender roles, sexuality, and the literary canon. Written and directed by Barbara Caspar. 2008. 84 min. DVD X2399

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Who Does She Think She Is?
Featuring Maye Torres, Janis Wunderlich, Angela Williams, Camille Musser, Mayumi Oda. In a half-changed world, women are often forced to choose: mothering or working? Your children's well-being or your own? Responsibility or self expression? This film features five women artists who refuse to choose as they navigate the challenges of making work outside the elite art world. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Special features: Where are they now? ; six new updates with all the artists featured in the film and director Pamela Tanner Boll. Directed and produced by Pamela Tanner Boll. c2011. 82 min. DVD X7076

Women and Architecture: Public Space, Public Work
Examines a century of women's involvement with rchitecture, particularly public architecture, both as designers and users. Looks at the public work of Louise Bethune, Julia Morgan, Denise Scott Brown, Wendy Foster, Zaha Hadid, and other esteemed female architects. Discusses the relative prestige of female architects and their creations as compared to their male counterparts. Considers whether women offer a particular style or awareness in architectural design distinct from that of their male colleagues. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 25 min. DVD 1600

Women as Painter.
This program examines the often over-looked female artist. It includes over 200 pieces of art-work and rare slides from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1972. 30 min. Video/C 47

Women in Science.
A brief history of women in science -- Women in science today. Interviewed: Sally Ride (austronaut), Carol Baker (microbiologist), Emma Earl (computer specialist), Kate Kykema (midwife), Regina Murphy (chemical engineer), Breand Faison (microbiologist). 1993. 42 min. Video/C 5011

Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video.
Profiles a variety of women active in independent-feminist film and video, including production, distribution and education, whose work expresses a variety of political and esthetic viewpoints. The three part video begins by profiling 6 women whose careers began in the Fifties and Sixties, then six women whose work coincided with the emergence of the women's movement in the Seventies; and six women whose careers began in the Eighties and Nineties. Contents: Part 1. Creating an Infrastructure: Carolee Schneemann, Pearl Bowser, Julia Reichert, Margaret Caples, Kate Horsfield, Constance Penley -- Part 2. Lovers, Mothers and Mentors: Barbara Hammer, Michelle Citron, Susan Mogul, Juanita Mohammed, Vanalyne Green, Victoria Vesna -- Part 3. Reassembly Required: Carol Leigh, Frances Negron, Yvonne Welbon, Megan Cunningham, Eve Oishi, Valerie Soe. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1998. 83 min. Video/C 6994

Women Producers in Hollywood
In this program respected female producers demonstrate the stages of the motion picture production process and discuss obstacles they have overcome along the road to success. A variety of actors and industry personalities also offer their views on women in filmmaking to round out this illuminating documentary. Performer: Commentary: Gale Anne Hurd, Lynda Obst, Lauren Shuler-Donner, Lucy Fischer. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 7384

Women Working in Literature.
Performers: Adrienne Rich, Ntozake Shange, Carolyn Kizer, Anne Sexton, Alice Walker, Grace Paley, Cherrie Moraga, Audre Lorde, Joy Harjo, Maxine Hong Kingston, Judy Grahn, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Karen Brodine, Barbara Guest, Susan Howe, and Erica Hunt. Previously recorded sessions of American women poets reading selections from their work. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 3476

Women's Work
Urban Bush Women is an extraordinary dance/theater company led by artistic director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Since 1984, the group has been creating works that celebrate the heritage of African Americans, interacting with communities through workshops and performances. Using historic perspectives on dance, music, song, and folklore, the company affirms many aspects of African-American life. [1995?]. 27 min. Video/C 8205

Workshop on Women in Mathematical Sciences Connected to Industry, February 23-25, 1996, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota.
Participants: Margaret H. Wright, Rosemary E. Chang, Diane Gibbons, Tammy Simon, Maria Celis, Kathryn Lenz, Isabel Beichl, Margaret Cheney. Excerpts from the workshop in which women professionals in the field of mathematics and women graduate students in mathematics comment upon the difficulties and opportunities of choosing a career in mathematics. c1996. 21 min. Video/C 4356

Individual Women Artists

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Biographical documentaries
Art History and Practice
Film History and Film Making
Literature and Theater History, Criticism, and Biography

Women in Sports

Evening the Odds: Is Title IX Working?
In 1972 Title IX was established, a civil rights act that prohibits gender discrimination at any school that receives federal funds. In this program, Elizabeth Brackett of WTTS in Chicago, goes to Indian University -- alma mater of Olympic diving medalists Lesley Bush and Cynthia Potter -- in an investigation of higher education's Title IX track record in the area of sports. Although Indiana University is working diligently to meet Title IX conditions by creating new athletics programs and spreading out scholarship dollars, only seven Division 1 schools have met the Title IX standards for gender equity. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 12 min. Video/C 6895

Just for the Ride
Through a profile of the lives of two cowgirls, presents a history of women in professional rodeos, and their evolving role from background "decoration" to full-fledged rodeo participants. Filmed, edited, and produced by Amanda Micheli1996. 53 min. Video/C MM778

100% Woman.
A post-operative transsexual, Michelle Dumaresq, has provoked outrage by entering the sport of women's mountain bike racing. The program explores complex issues of gender identity surrounding the controversy and manifested in Dumaresq's personal and professional relationships. Includes commentary from her parents and interviews with Michelle, friends, and rival cyclists. Director, Karen Duthie. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 60 min. DVD 4487

Playing Unfair
It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. 2002. 30 min. Video/C8892

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Pumping Iron II: The Women
This controversial film about blood, sweat, and beauty follows the stories of five top female body-builders as they prepare for the Caesars Palace World Cup championship. 1985. 107 min. DVD 2891

Run Like a Girl. (Girls in America: Identity and Adolescence)
The unconventional yet extremely demanding sports of rugby, synchronized swimming, and double-Dutch jumping provide the context for teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds to probe the issues of adolescence. They discuss their feelings of liberation within the strict regimentation of competitive sports, their search for identity and self-esteem while revolting against the stereotyped expectations of others, body image, dating, and the importance of mothers and coaches as mentors. They also tackle social concerns, including bulimia, self-injury, suicide, broken homes, teenage pregnancies, and crime. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 7305

True-hearted Vixens.
Follows the fortunes of two women and the teams they play for during a six-game exhibition tour of a start-up Women's Professional Football League in the United States. With their dreams tied to the league's success, the women grapple with powerful social stereotypes, the league's business practices and their own changing expectations of success. c2000. 58 min. Video/C MM694

Women's Football in Africa
Looks at the history and difficulties, challenges and successes encountered by women's soccer teams and players in Africa. 2004. 21 min. DVD 3679

Men's Studies

Afghan Muscles.
In war-ravaged post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan young men have discovered the art of bodybuilding and dream of muscle, honour and fame. Once barely tolerated by the Taliban, bodybuilding gyms and clubs are sprouting up throughout the country. Today, competitions take place in the open -- in overcrowded halls where contestants strut their stuff before enthusiastic audiences of robed bearded men who fervently cheer for their favorites. Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 59 min. DVD X362

Blink.
Once a fanatical rising star in the white supremacist movement, Greg Winthrow grapples with a legacy of hatred handed down across generations in this haunting documentary. The film reveals how class divisions are masked by racial confict and follows the intense, angry and breathtakingly resourceful Winthrow as he grapples with his own redemption from a heritage of violence. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 7057

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Boys Will Be Men: A Documentary About Growing Up Male in America
How do boys become men? How do they learn courage, the difference between right and wrong, and the meaning of love? What hurts them, makes them violent, and sometimes kills them? This documentary explores the terrors and triumphs of growing up male in America and suggests ways to help guide the journey to adulthood. 2001. 57 min. DVD 3223

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Changing Culture: The Men's Movement
Men are marching on Washington, finding religion, taking on new community responsibilities, bonding with each other, weeping openly and discussing their relationships. Just what has prompted these changes in behavior? Some say it is the outcome of the feminist movement and the resulting change in male roles. Perhaps. This program profiles the new "men's movement, "explores the various reasons why men become involved in these movements and examines the implications for men and women in the 21st century. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 29 min. Video/C 5649

Cut
What expectations and images do teenage boys feel pressured to conform to, and how do boys deal with these pressures? This brief, illuminating film explores an important but rarely discussed social and public health issue. A film by Elizabeth Pearson and Sally Rubin. 2003. 9 min. Video/C MM927

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Crazy of You (Majnounak)
Young men from the industrial suburbs of Beirut are asked to reveal the details of their various sexual conquests. The men discuss their most memorable sexual experiences, their tactics of seduction and their views on the differences in sexual and gender roles in their social circles. A video by Akram Zaatari. 1997. 26 min. DVD X5228

Evolution of Dad
Filmmaker and dad Dana H. Glazer explores the changing role of fatherhood through experts and fathers, exploring the phenomenon of stay-at-home dads, the working father who works long hours and people who take on the role of father for grandchildren, siblings, etc., and the corporate and legal issues involved. Directed, and edited by Dana H. Glazer 94 min. DVD X5421

Fatherhood USA. Dedicated, Not Deadbeat.
More often than not, the media portrays young men in tough circumstances as "deadbeat dads." Presenting powerful evidence to the contrary, this program looks at fathers in Baltimore and Boston who are seeking to break the chain of negligence, abuse, and abandonment. Issues such as welfare reform and the need for counseling are addressed, along with the benefits of community support. c2000. 57 min. Video/C 8146

Fatherhood USA. Juggling Family and Work.
Traditional role models of men portray them as providers, while women have historically been expected to attend to all domestic matters. This program features three men who, when forced to choose between family and career, chose their families. They discuss the implications of that choice, the impact it has had on their careers and conceptions of themselves as fathers, and the new opportunities that their non-traditional paths have afforded them. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 57 min. Video/C 8147

Game of Death
Game of Death (8 min.): Presenting footage from Bruce Lee's last unfinished film, Game of death, Kip Fulbeck examines the various roles he posthumously came to represent as an Asian American male icon, examining issues of male stereotyping and marketing of Asian culture in the U.S. Some Questions for 28 kisses (7 min.): Confronts the viewer with images of Asian female/non-Asian male pairings in American movies and mass media. Examines topics such as interracial dating, ethnic fetishes, and race identity. Asian Studs Nightmare (6 min.): A hilarious spoof on the racial politics operating behind a hit television dating show. c1994. 21 min. total. DVD X4563; Video/C 8319

A Gathering of Men.
Bill Moyers interviews Robert Bly about the confusion men feel today about their roles in society and in their inner lives. Alternates between this interview and a workshop in which Bly leads a group of 100 men into a deeper understanding of their own grief. c1990. 90 min. Video/C 1870

Gender and Communication: Male-Female Differences in Language and Nonverbal Behavior
Explores male-female differences in communication and the impact that gender has on both verbal messages including speech, language, and vocabulary, as well as on nonverbal channels of communication such as touch, movement, and gesture. c2001. 42 min. Video/C 9099

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Gender and Relationships: Male-Female Differences in Love and Marriage.
Explores the differences in the ways that men and women experience and communicate the love relationship. Examines ways to make a relationship work better for both men and women. Features men and women from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds who provide testimony on how gender differences affect their relationships. Directed by Dane Archer. c2002. 44 min. Video/C 9395

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Guardians of the Flute
Discusses the Sambia people, a war-like tribe in the mountains of New guinea, whose secret rituals of initiation are aimed at making their warrors courageous and bold. The most secret part of the initiation are the sexual rites, which are described here by several initiates. Based on: Guardians of the flutes / Gilbert Herdt. c1994. 50 min. Video/C 6808

Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
A look at the conceptualization of masculinity in hip-hop culture. Pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for too often perpetuating destructive, deeply conservative styles of manhood that glamorize sexism, violence, and homophobia. Includes interviews with prominent rappers, music industry executives, and social critics. Produced, directed and written by Byron Hurt Dist.: Media Education Foundation. 2006. 61 min. DVD 6448
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How to Be a Man: Instructions for Proper Male Behavior from Classroom Films of the 1940s-'70s
For centuries, parents have struggled to usher their children through the often treacherous journey to adulthood. In America, a new form of tutelage was engineered: the classroom film. Suddenly, the prickly issues of sexual development and juvenile delinquency could by addressed. These films helped to deal with the subtleties of behavior and the importance of fitting in. Topics covered include coping with failure and teasing. Contents: Fears of children / International Film Foundation (1951 ; b&w ; 27 min.) -- Am I trustworthy? / Coronet (1950 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- Act your age / Coronet (1949 ; b&w ; 12 min.) -- The Other fellow's feelings / Centron (1951 ; b&w ; 8 min.) -- Your body during adolescence / McGraw-Hill (1954 ; b&w ; 11 min.) -- The Show-off / Centron (1954 ; b&w ; 11 min.) -- Planning for success / Coronet (1950 ; b&w ; 10 min.) -- Moment of decision / Sid Davis Prods. (1961 ; col. ; 10 min.) -- Car theft / Bray-Mar (1956 ; b&w ; 14 min.) -- Dance, little children / Centron (1961 ; col. 25 min.) -- The Decision is yours / Calvin Productions (1970 ; col. ; 30 min.). 183 min. DVD X2291

Propaganda films: Social and Religious Propaganda

I Am a Man
An exploration of "what it means to be a black man in America... confronting issues of race, and racism, through the lens of gender, probing deep within the traditional American ideals of manhood in order to draw out the complex and often ambivalent nature of black male identity. A documentary by Byron Hurt and Andrew Jones. Dist.: Media Education Foundation. 1998. 60 min.

Mail Order.
Documents a lonely young man's search for female companionship. 1990. 11 min. Video/C 1996

Man Oh Man: Growing up Male in America.
Through a young woman's point of view, this film explores many of the societal pressures of being an American man. Dist.: New Day Films. c1987. 18 min. Video/C 3215

A Man, When He is a Man: El Hombre, Cuando es el Hombre.
Set in Costa Rica, illuminates the social climate and cultural traditions which nurture "machismo" and allow the domination of women to flourish in Latin America. Spanish with English subtitles. 1982. 66 min. Video/C 2102

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Psychologist (and one-man psychobabble cottage industry) John Gray shares his insights on how to understand and appreciate how men and women are different, how to improve one's ability to communicate with the opposite sex, how to commununicate difficult feelings and avoid arguments, and build fulfilling relationships. Director, Bob Comiskey. 60 min. 1994. DVD X6806; Video/C 5666

Men Talk Sex
Sex is ubiquitous in American films and television, but it rarely reflects the real experiences of average people. Revealing, frequently amusing and occasionally infuriating, this documentary interviews twenty men, of a variety of races, ages, and backgrounds, about their sexual lives. Speaking frankly and openly, they explore a range of subjects which men are often too proud or embarrassed to discuss. 28 min. 1996. Video/C 4698

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Men Under Siege: Life with the Modern Woman.
Originally shown on the ABC News television program Close-up. A portrait of contemporary American men and how many are reacting to changes in women's roles on and off the job. c1978. 33 minutes. Video/C 418

Paradise Bent: Boys will be Girls in Samoa
An exploration of the Samoan faafafine, boys who are raised as girls, who fulfill a traditional role in Samoan culture. In the past they have shared women's traditional work but today are becoming more westernized and look more like drag queens. Several anthropologists comment on the phenomenon examining issues of culture and gender and the complexities of sexual identity. c1999. 50 min. Video/C 8601

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Private Dicks: Men Exposed
Surveying men from all walks of life, young and old, gay and straight, large and small, this documentary presents interviews with 25 men who explore how men feel about their penises. The men, many of whom appear nude, offer personal revelations that are honest, humorous, and often poignant as they frankly discuss puberty, masculinity, impotence, circumcision, sexuality, myths and perceptions, growing old, and, of course, size. Among those interviewed are a retired 73-yr. old professor who reflects on the decline in libido and prostate troubles, a 28 year-old porn star, a paralyzed advertising director who talks about sex as a paraplegic and a slang dictionary editor who explains the etymology of penis-related slang words and offers some rare historical slang. 1995. 55 min. Video/C MM317

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[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. (Conference1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC).
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. Pt. 1 provides opening commentary on what it means to be a Christian man in today's society. See Religion videography for complete listing of contents

Promise Keepers, Equality Bashers.
A critical look at the evangelical Christian men's group, Promise Keepers, their ties to the Religious Right and their stance on issues of women's rights. Produced by the National Organization for Women, Inc.,1997. 10 min. Video/C 5685

Raising Cain
Two of the country's leading child psychologists identify the social and emotion challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness, giving them the support to navigate the social pressures of youth. Based on the book: Raising Cain, protecting the emotional life of boys / by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson. Produced and directed by Paul Stern. 2006. 116 min. DVD X5639

Sex, Love, & Kung Fu
A comical look at two crazed kung fu fanatics who argue over Asian American masculinity and the nature of martial arts films. Includes clips from the films Showdown in little Tokyo, Kung fu, and Enter the dragon. c2000. 7 min. Video/C 8318

Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation.
The film maker's personal odyssey through the modern day South in order to meet the "right woman." c1986?.161 min. Video/C 1839

Shredded
In a culture obsessed with the distorted images of youth and beauty conveyed by the mass media, this documentary explores the damaging lengths to which teenage boys will go to achieve the ideal male body. A film by Douglas Taplin and Richard Gaudio. c2005. 21 min. DVD 4720

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Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist.
This award winning documentary follows the strikingly original life of the unique artist, comedian and performance artist Bob Flanagan. A provocative, deeply moving, often hilarious chronicle tracing Flanagan's experiences with sadomasochism in his struggle to manage the fatal illness Cystic Fibrosis, "Sick" explores the limits of pain, sexuality, love and death. 1998. 96 min. Video/C 6470

The Smell of Burning Ants
Raises gender issues and provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can deprive boys of wholeness. Through the formative events of a boy's life, we come to understand the ways in which men can become emotionally disconnected and alienated from their feminine side. Illustrates how boys are socialized by fear, power and shame. Written and directed by Jay Rosenblatt. 22 min. 1994. DVD X4496; Video/C 6585

Sweet or Spicy?
In the context of a telephone dating service, this film examines dating relationships for men of mixed Asian/white descent and probes Asian American male sexuality in popular culture. c2000. 7 min. Video/C 8321

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity
Tough Guise is the first program to look systematically at the relationship between the images of popular culture and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. in the late 20th century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that there is a crisis in masculinity and that some of the guises offered to men as a solution (rugged individualism, violence) come loaded with attendant dangers to women, as well as other men. 1999. 80 min. DVD 4913; vhs Video/C 6606
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Venus and Mars.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology ; 10)
Are men and women really that different? Society tends to emphasize differences more than similarities. This often leads to competition, and in some cases, inequality. Gender issues and stratification, the gender divide in the workplace, the impact of Title Seven, and the women's movement are explored in this lesson. As illustrated in the example of a female football team, it can take a lot of determination to defy the agents of socialization and overcome gender basis. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4806

Whose Body, Whose Rights?
Explores the customs, practices, and the human rights issue of infant male circumcision, and calls for cultural reform and self-examination. c1995. 56 min. Video/C 6448

Why Men Don't Iron. Three-part series, 52 minutes each, 1998.

Part 1, Learning the Difference. This film reveals groundbreaking studies, both practical and scientific, that illustrate the variances between the learning patterns of boys and girls from birth to adolescence. From a personal encounter with a family trying to raise their sons and daughter with identical influences to a series of observational experiments with a group of four to seven year olds, this film explores the social, physiological, neurological and genetic aspects of stereotypical sex typed behavior. Video/C 6371

Part 2, The Brain at Work. A generation of equal opportunities has failed to iron out the great sex divide in the workplace. This film examines primarily through research on the brain, how biology plays a role in men's drive to succeed more than it does for women, and why this may explain the lack of women in the boardroom. Also looks at the contrasting behaviors of female and male athletes and the difference of "risk taking" behavior between the sexes. Video/C 6372

Part 3, The Emotional Difference. The era of equal opportunities raised expectations that men and women's roles would become interchangeable. Yet, research reveals that most men are neurologically primed to find household routine more difficult, and that women are hormonally primed for maternal behavior, finding such tasks less stressful than men do. This film explores the neurological elements that help to perpetuate persistent divisions of labor, and investigates the biological basis of our seemingly unchangeable emotional systems. Video/C 6373

Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering
Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz show how so-called 'entertainment' is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men." c2002. 60 min. Video/C 9319

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You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men.
Provides honest and riveting portraits of six men who once were women. Through their commentaries and the experiences of partners, friends, and family emerges an unforgettable story of self-discovery. 1997. 58 min. Video/C 5085

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SOUND RECORDINGS

Asian American Women vs. the Women's Movement.
A panel of Asian American women talk about their experiences and disillusions with the women's movement. 1979?. Sound/C 244 (33 min.)

Approaches to Courses in Women's Biology.
One of a series of lectures on perspectives in women's studies, sponsored by Women's Studies, U.C. Berkeley. Sound/C 415.

The Equal Rights Amendment.
Laurence Tribe, Barbara Babcock and Eleanor Smeal speak for the ERA, and Jules Gerard, Phyllis Schlafly and Sam Ervin speak against it. 197-?. Sound/C 64.

The ERA in America.
Presents history of the movement to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 1981. 29 min. Sound/C 369

The ERA in America.
Washington D.C.: National Public Radio, Education Services, 1981.Presents history of the movement to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This tape includes quotes from Phyllis Schlafly, Gloria Steinem, Ronald Reagan, and Maureen Reagan. 29 min. Sound/C 559

Gloria Steinem.
1973. Ms. Steinem discusses women, racism, war & politics.1973. Sound/C 63

Great American Women's Speeches.
Notes for speeches in container. Presents various important speeches by and about women from the 1860's to the present. Key issues are women's rights and the politics thereof. p1973. 78 min. Sound/C 89

Legacies: An Audiocourse on the History of Women and the Family in America, 1607-1870.
Covers a broad range of topics including settlement stories, slavery, the American Revolution, The Trail of Tears, domesticity and moral reform, and the early women's rights movement. See container notes for more detail. 1987. 9 parts , 60 min. ea. Sound/C 984

Speak Out: Poor Women in the Economy.
A documentary based on a congressional hearing organized by the National Committee on Household Employees. Shirley Chisholm opens the program. 197?. Sound/C 78

Women in Politics.
Jeannette Rankin reminisces about her political career as the first U.S. Congresswoman in 1916, and gives her observations about women in politics. 1974. Sound/C 40

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