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Gender & Women's Studies

Chinese Foot Binding: The Vanishing Lotus.

Witnesses the experiences of Chinese women who willingly underwent years of suffering to contort their feet into an erotic symbol of beauty and eligibility, a pair of small feet -- three-inch golden lilies. Some of these women tell of the event that branded their lives, confronting the viewer with a custom that subjugated women to a brutal beauty myth. 2000. 52 min.
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Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm campaigned to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. From the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami that July, Chisholm's fight for inclusion encompassed all Americans "who agree that the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it." Shunned by the political establishment, Chisholm asks people of color, feminists and young voters for their support to "reshape our society and take control of our destiny ..." To the surprise of many, voters responded.

Cinderella of the Cape Flats(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 2)

Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun.

Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain.

Discusses the Thomas confirmation hearings, the charges of sexual harrassment by Anita Hill, and the reactions from Afro-Americans.1992. 58 min. [preservation copy]

Coal Mining Women.

Women coal miners tell of the economic conditions that led them to seek employment in the coal mines and problems encountered once hired. Directed by: Elizabeth Barret. 1982. Dist.: Appalshop. 40 min.

Codes of Gender

Communication scholar Sut Jhally applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape in this provocative new film about gender as a ritualized commercial performance. Uncovering a remarkable pattern of gender-specific poses, Jhally explores Goffman's central claim that the way the body is displayed in advertising communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity.

Colours of the Earth

Documentary television program on the empowerment of Dalit women in Andhra, India through their traditional knowledge of farming. The older women guided others by teaching them traditional practices and together the women pioneered a system that ensures subsidized food grains through the creation of seed banks at the village level. Written & directed by Kavita Das Gupta. 2002. 28 min.

Companeras: The Story of the First All-female Mariachi Band

An intimate profile of America's first all-female mariachi band: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Since 1994, this 12-member group has been taking on a male-dominated musical tradition and building the popularity of mariachi music. A film by Elizabeth Massie & Matthew Buzzell. 60 min. 2008.
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Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

Chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's disease and the evolution of a daughter's response to the illness. The desire to cure the incurable--to set right her mother's confusion and forgetfulness, to temper her mother's obsessiveness--gives way to an acceptance which is finally liberating for both daughter and mother. Directed by Deborah Hoffmann. c1994. 45 min.

Peabody Award San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Best Documentary