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Gender & Women's Studies

Brain Sex: Brain Architecture and the Sexes.

Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 51 min. each installment. Sugar and Spice. Even during the first moments of life, baby girls and boys already behave differently. Combining case histories and scientific analysis this program argues that the mixture of hormones in the womb "hardwires" the brain with a sex-aligned signature before birth, causing it to become distinctly female or male--or a mixture of both. Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. Statistically speaking, why have men and women not proved equally adept at the same things?

Brasil: Sacredotistas, Sambistas y Mulatas. (Mujeres de America Latina; 2.)

One in a series that looks at Latin America through its women with interviews and on sight visits. This second program examines the lives of women in Brazil and the brutal life many must face as they struggle for survival for themselves and their children. In Portuguese. c1995. 60 min.

Bread and Dignity (Pan y Dignidad): Open Letter From Nicaragua. (As Women See It)

Combining historic newsreel footage with contemporary interviews, the film reviews Somoza's rule in Nicaragua and the events leading to the 1979 Sandinista revolution. 1989. 30 min.

Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer.

music videos. Follows three young women as they compete for roles in hip hop music videos. Through their eyes we see how this world has impacted their personal values, their career ambitions and their concepts of beauty and self-image. Written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2005. 71 min.

Breaking Barriers

Documentary film looking at some of the initiatives of the community and the state to prevent domestic violence in India. 1999. 60 min.

Breast Implants on Trial

Covers a class action suit and individual liability suits on the issue of breast implants, FDA and medical findings, and issues of medicine and science in the courtroom. Includes interviews with physicians, lawyers, the CEO of Dow Corning Corporation, and individuals with illnesses they feel are linked to their use of silicone breast implants. Originally shown on the television program Frontline on February 27, 1996. 87 min.

Breasts

Presents interviews with 22 women, most of whom appear topless, speaking candidly about their attitudes toward breasts. The participants represent a wide range of age, size, race and background including two women with mastectomies, another who is concerned about the safety of her silicone implants, a self-proclaimed leader of the "Strong Breast Revolution," a transsexual, a 420-pound comedienne and two mother-daughter pairs. Interwoven with the interviews are segments of breast-related archival footage, including a racy 1920s animated cartoon, a 1950s beauty pageant, and a 1970s bra ad.

Broken Ties.

In the 1960's unwed mothers were pressured into giving up their babies. This thought-provoking documentary that focuses on the filmmakers own unwed pregancy includes interviews with family members and social workers, as it probes the reasons she complied with a family decision to enter a home for unwed mothers and give her baby up for adoption. Written, directed and produced by Debra Baker. c1999. 27 min.

Bulimia.

Host Hugh Downs examines the dangers of the binge-eating disorder, bulimia, and its effects on victims through interviews with experts, recovered bulimics including actress Jane Fonda and the parents of bulimics. Shows scenes of group therapy for eating problems. c1982. 14 min.

Busting Out.

A disarmingly honest and intimate exploration of our society's fascination with women's breasts. Unflinchingly examines the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this American icon, delving into the history and politics of breast obsession in the United States. From breast-crazy men shouting 'Flash those racks!' to the fears of breast cancer and the disparate attitudes of cultures worldwide, the directors leave no stone unturned in their quest to demystify the American breast. Written, produced & directed by Francine Strickwerda & Laurel Spellman Smith. 2004. 57 min.

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