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Gender & Women's Studies

Blood, Sweat & Lace.

Examination of the working conditions of Asian American women garment workers who sew piece work in Oakland, California. Focuses on attempts by the workers to extract back wages from Jessica McClintoch Corporation, designer/distributor of the fashions they sew, after their subcontractor declared bankruptcy. 1994. 18 min. [preservation copy]

Body Perfect (Taboo series)

Mentawai women in Sumatra file their teeth to sharp points, American men get buttocks implants, and Chinese men and women having their legs surgically lengthened to make them taller. How far would you go to match your culture's ideal of beauty? Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min.

Body Politics

Around the world, takes a look at women's efforts to change societal attitudes about the "ideal" female form. Featuring historical footage and propaganda from the 19th century, when women were pressured to wear corsets, to the 40s and 50s picturing the "ideal" female figure, to the 1990s, the film presents an interesting contrast with contemporary women who are challenging old attitudes. Women boxers, rock climbers, and runners are seen challenging old assumptions about women's physical abilities.

Body Typed: 3 Short Films on Media and Physical Perfection

False images: "Exposes the art of digital photo-retouching. How do images of perfect female beauty influence men's perceptions of real women? And, how we see ourselves?" The guarantee: "Teasing, self-perception, cultural identity, and plastic surgery. How would changing our bodies to try to fit an image alter the way we see ourselves? -- Or even who we are? Reveals a dancer's story about his "Italian" nose and the effect it has had on his career." 34 x 25 x 36: "A look at mannequins, religion and perfection.

Born Into Brothels

While living in the red light district of Calcutta and documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives. A film by Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski. c2005. 83 min.

Born into Prostitution: The Badis of Nepal

A daughter of a Badi prostitute is required to be registered under the surname Nepali. So marked from birth, she is born into prostitution and is expected to follow her mother into that trade-- unless the family, the Dalit community, or charitable NGOs are moved to help them make a change. This program profiles two Badi families and the positive efforts of one former prostitute and the director of Social Awareness for Education to assist them. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 28 min.

Born to be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby M.

Martha Rosler discusses the social and economic implications of surrogate motherhood, using excerpts and quotations from media reports and court records of the Mary Beth Whitehead/Baby M case. c1988. 35 min.

Born to Bondage

Looks at the plight of women in India, where girls are considered to be worth less than boys, often killed as fetuses or as wives sometimes killed over disputes over dowries. These intolerable situations have giving birth to a new found militancy. Phoolan Devi was brutally raped by 22 higher caste men. To revenge this outrage, she led a gang who set about murdering her assailants. After eleven years in jail she is now in parliament compaigning for women. A film by Marion Mayer-Hohdahl. 1985. 40 min.

Bought and Sold

Based on a two year undercover investigation conducted by the Global Survival Network into the illegal trafficking in women from the Former Soviet republics, this documentary features interviews with traffickers, Russian mafia, trafficked women, and groups working to provide services to these women. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 1997. 42 min.

Related web sites:Witness web site

Boys Will Be Men: A Documentary About Growing Up Male in America

How do boys become men? How do they learn courage, the difference between right and wrong, and the meaning of love? What hurts them, makes them violent, and sometimes kills them? This documentary explores the terrors and triumphs of growing up male in America and suggests ways to help guide the journey to adulthood. 2001. 57 min.

Related web sites: Description of the video from Bullfrog Films catalog

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