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Gender & Women's Studies

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. Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

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.

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.

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) [preservation copy]

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.
Related web sites:Description from California Newsreel catalog
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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