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A Nice Arrangement.

Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, Menna, the young bride, changes into her traditional bridal gear with the help of her divorced friend, Sita. Together, the women discuss Indian marriage customs and why they chose to marry the "perfect" cultural choice for their parents. 1991. 11 min.
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A Place Called Home

An Iranian woman, after living and working in the United States, explores her controversial decision to move back to Iran, to return to the place she never stopped calling home. This very personal documentary presents interviews with her family -- with her mother and sister in the United States and with her father, who chose to remain in Iran. Examining the complex layers of expatriate and cultural identities, the film also features a rare glimpse of women's lives in contemporary Tehran. A film by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri. 1998. 30 min.

A Veiled Hope (L'espoir voile)

Explores the personal and political challenges facing Palestinian women through a series of portraits of women living on the Gaza and West Bank. The women explain how in their daily lives as doctors, schoolteachers and activists they are working to rebuild Palestinian cultural identity. They also provide a rare insight into the complex feelings women have surrounding the emergence of political Islamic movements. c1994. 59 min.

A Veiled Revolution.

Egypt was the first Arab country where women marched in political demonstrations (1919): the first Arab country where women took off the veil (1923): the first Arab country to offer free public secular education to women (1924). Today the grand-daughters of those early feminists are putting on a modest garb, sometimes with full face veil and gloves, which they call Islamic dress. The film explores the different facets of the new "veiling". Director, Marilyn Gaunt. 26 min. 1982. 1991. '

A Voice of Her Own: Women and Economic Change in Asia.

Profiles the challenges and changes for women in Asia. Examines educational efforts and literacy programs in Cambodia, home employment opportunities created by women in the Philippines, and help for female garment workers in Bangladesh. 1997. 25 min.

A Walk to Beautiful

A look at the lives of three Ethiopian women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of seeking treatment for obstetric fistula. The program follows them walking for hours on their journey to transportation to a special hospital in Addis Ababa where they find solace for the first time in years, and stays with them as their lives begin to change. Directed by Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher. Originally broadcast in 2008 as a segment on the television program Nova. 56 min.

A Wife Among Wives.

An ethnographic documenatry on the Turkana of northern Kenya. This is an inquiry into the Turkana view of marriage.c1981. 68 min.

A Woman's Place: Short Stories.

Teach a woman how to fish and... / Amelia Simmons -- Dry days in Dobbagunta / Nupur Basu -- A Healthy start / Sandra Herrington -- The Alarm rings softly / Judith Laird -- The Amahs of Hong Kong / Anastasia Edwards -- Footprints of sorrow / Claudia Esmerado. Six 10 minute videos by women about the status and condition of women in 6 countries. [1] In Fiji women are involved in new sea farming projects. [2] In South Africa a literacy campaign gives birth to an effective anti-liquor campaign.

Afghanistan Unveiled (Regards D'Afghanes)

This film is shot by Afghan camera women traveling across Afghanistan offering unparalleled access to other Afghan women. The documentary traces the effects of the repressive rule of the Taliban on women and the recent U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign. Directed by Brigitte Brault. 2003. 52 min.

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Africa Rising: The Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation

Depicts the efforts of local African political activists to end the practice of female genital mutilation in Africa, an act that can lead to medical complications or even death. Also capturing the stories of victims, their families and friends, the film follows various activists in countries such as Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya and Mali, as they meet with school children, local communities, and others in attempting to change the 5,000 year-old custom. Directed and produced by Paula Heredia. 2009. 62 min.

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