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Gender & Women's Studies

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

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.

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.

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.
Related web sites:Description from California Newsreel catalog

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.

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.

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