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Gender-based Violence & Pornography

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
web web sites: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.

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.

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. [preservation copy]

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. ;
web web sites:Description from Cambridge Documentary catalog

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