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Gender-based Violence & Pornography


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. web web sites:Witness web site

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.

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.

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.