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Gender & Women's Studies

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.
Related web sites:Center for Asian American Media catalog description

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. ; Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

As the Mirror Burns

Documentary which investigates the heavy involvement of Vietnamese women as guerillas and soldiers in the Vietnamese war. 1990. 58 min. Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

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?. (33 min.)

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.
Related web sites:Center for Asian American Media catalog description

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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