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  • Against My WillAgainst My Will - The stories of three women who took refuge at the Dastak women's shelter in Pakistan, founded to help women fleeing abusive and murderous families.

  • Anais Goes to War - A young woman's struggle to start her own farm.

  • The Apology - Three former "Comfort Women" forced to serve Japanese troops during World War II tell their harrowing stories.

  • B

  • Bastards: Outcast in Morocco - One woman's fight to have her daughter legitimized by the Moroccan judicial system.

  • Beauty Parlor in RioBeauty Parlor in Rio - Meet Dr. Pitanguy, the "Golden Scalpel" at a leading Brazilian plastic surgery clinic.

  • Birth - The story of a woman caught up in a cycle of pregnancies because of social pressure to produce a male child, and two other stories of babies, in need, or absent, in Arab countries.

  • Bisexual Virgins - This engaging, non-confrontational documentary invites us to look at the fluidity of sexuality in a whole new way as two "bi-curious" young women confront their fears and inhibitions.

  • Bittersweet Joke - Examines the experiences of single mothers in South Korea, where there remains a strong social taboo against single parenthood.

  • Bride Kidnapping in KyrgyzstanBride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan - The first film about the Kyrgyz tradition of bride kidnapping takes viewers inside families, to talk with kidnapped brides who have managed to escape as well as those who are making homes with their new husbands.

  • C

  • Chain of Love - A film about the Philippines' second largest export product - maternal love - and how the international trade in love and care affects the women involved, their families, and families in the West.

  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman - A self-portrait by experimental narrative and feminist Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

  • Chantal Akerman Four Films - Four documentaries spanning two decades are included in this 5-disc box set, with a 16-page booklet and bonus film about the late filmmaker.

  • Chore WarsChore Wars - Do you say "I love you" with flowers - or by doing the dishes?! The place of chores in the battle of the sexes.

  • Clara Lemlich - The story of the young, Jewish, Ukrainian-born woman who in 1909 sparked the 'Uprising of the 20,000' -- the first massive strike of New York City garment workers.

  • The Clitoris - A close look at that part of the female anatomy that exists purely for pleasure, and how this highly sensitive organ has long been ignored or misunderstood in the medical literature.

  • Crimes of Honour - Filmed in Jordan and on the West Bank, investigates the terrible reality of femicide—the killing of sisters or daughters suspected of losing their virginity, for having refused an arranged marriage or having left a husband.

  • D

  • Dear Dr. SpencerDear Dr. Spencer - From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in Pennsylvania, where he treated colds, set fractures - and performed illegal abortions.

  • Die Before Blossom - The rising importance of Islamic values in an Indonesian public school is apparent in this portrait of modern schoolgirls Kiki and Dila.

  • Do Communists Have Better Sex? - In divided Germany, studies showed that East Germans enjoyed their sexual lives more than their West German counterparts. What could account for the difference?

  • Donna Haraway - A playful and candid portrait of Donna Haraway, one of the most important living thinkers in the field of science and technology.

  • Down ThereDown There - Akerman spends a brief period on her own in an apartment by the sea in Tel Aviv, contemplating her family, her Jewish identity and her childhood.

  • E

  • Egg and Stone - A powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girl's attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity.

  • Eileen Gray - The reknowned designer and architect Eileen Gray was always ahead of her time; thirty years after her death she is still considered the very essence of the Modern.

  • Everything Must Come to Light - This documentary focuses on the lives of three dynamic lesbians sangomas (traditional healers) living in Soweto, South Africa.

  • F

  • Facing DeathFacing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.

  • Facing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.

  • Female Directors - When job prospects elude them, two twenty-something art school graduates decide to film each other's lives instead.

  • Fundi - Friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, FUNDI reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the American civil rights movement.

  • FundiFundi - Friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, FUNDI reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the American civil rights movement.

  • G

  • Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters - The story of one woman's brutal ordeal as a "comfort woman" for the Japanese Army during World War II.

  • The Good Breast - Explores the cultural and emotional roots of the loss of the breast through the intimate stories of four breast cancer patients and their surgeons.

  • Grassroots in Dry Lands - Tells the story of three unconventional social workers united by a common vision that transcends the antagonisms between their countries.

  • Guerrilla GranniesGuerrilla Grannies - Women veterans of Mozambique's independence war offer an intimate view of the country's troubled history since 1975.

  • H

  • Happy Hour - A slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe.

  • Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth - Six young Maya present a wholly indigenous perspective, in which all life is sacred and connected, as they resist the destruction of their culture and environment.

  • Home, or Maids in My Family - A Moroccan woman confronts her liberal bourgeois family and their servants about the relationship between them (Arab Diaries).

  • HousemaidsHousemaids - Seven Brazilian teenagers film their housemaids, exposing issues of class, race, and gender in their families, and in their country.

  • "Housemaids" book - A book companion to the film "Housemaids" by Gabriel Mascaro

  • I

  • I Am Somebody - Newly preserved by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and available together for the first time, Madeline Anderson’s three filmsINTEGRATION REPORT 1 (1960), A TRIBUTE TO MALCOLM X (1967), and I AM SOMEBODY (1970)bring viewers to the front lines of the fight for civil rights.

  • I Cannot Tell You How I Feel - Filmmaker Su Friedrich moves her fiesty mother into an "independent living" facility.

  • I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal AkermanI Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman - Explores the filmmaker's 40 plus films and charts the sites of her peregrinations.

  • In the Steps of Trisha Brown - The dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet learn to perform "Glacial Decoy," the seminal 1979 work by choreographer Trisha Brown.

  • Integration Report 1 - Brings viewers to the front lines of the fight for civil rights.

  • Iran, Veiled Appearances - Depicts clashes in modern Iran between extreme fundamentalism and young people who are pushing for social change, filming with soldiers, religious leaders, students, artists and intellectuals.

  • J

  • JamiliaJamilia - The film, set in Kyrgyzstan, is a search for Jamilia, the title character in the novella by Chinghiz Aitmatov about a young woman who rebels against the rules of Kyrgyz society.

  • Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir - From 1967, for the first time on video or DVD, a portrait of two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century. They discuss their work, lives, and the role of intellectuals in modern society.

  • Judith Butler - An up-close and personal encounter with this influential theorist and author of the best-seller Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.

  • K

  • Kati With an I - In three tumultuous days, the future of one Alabama high school senior is cast into doubt.

  • L

  • The Last Happy DayThe Last Happy Day - A portrait of a doctor who saw the worst of society and ran.

  • Latest News from the Cosmos - It wasn't until Helene was 20 years old that her parents discovered that their autistic daughter was able to not only communicate, but to write deeply complex, philosophical and poetic work.

  • The Learning Path - The stories of three native women who are making control of education an important issues in today's native communities.

  • Liberation: The User's Guide - Yulia and Katia are inmates held in a Siberian mental facility against their wishes.

  • The Life and Times of Sara BaartmanThe Life and Times of Sara Baartman - Kidnapped from South Africa in 1810 and "exhibited" around Great Britain, Sara Baartman was treated as a scientific curiosity.

  • Long Story Short - Over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, and job training centers discuss their experiences of poverty.

  • Love and Marriage - The stories of people confronting obstacles to their personal relationships and happiness in Algeria and Lebanon.

  • The Loving Story - Oscar-shortlist selection, this is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.

  • M

  • Madam Phung's Last JourneyMadam Phung's Last Journey - Madam Phung and her transgender singers travel around Vietnam, sparking fascination and hostility from the local people.

  • Made Over in America - In a culture where bodies seem customizable, how do we perceive body image, and how are desires for a better self influenced by reality television and the makeover industry?

  • A Maid for Each - Documentary portrait of a housemaid agency in Beirut, Lebanon.

  • Major Leagues? - Profiles members of the Cuban National women's baseball team, who pursue their passion in a soceity filled with machismo and prejudice.

  • Mali BluesMali Blues - Four dynamic Malian musicians use their music to stand up to religious extremism.

  • Mama Colonel - A portrait of Colonel Honorine, or "Mama Colonel," that addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC.

  • Man for a Day - Performance artist and drag king Diane Torr leads a workshop in which women develop male characters.

  • Mina's Recipe Book - Before dying of starvation in a concentration camp, Mina carefully recorded her favorite recipes, hoping they would somehow make it to her daughter overseas.

  • MothersMothers - A gripping cinema verite documentary that shows how China's one-child policy plays out in the daily lives of women in one Chinese village.

  • Mrs. B., a North Korean Woman - Attempting to escape North Korea, Mrs. B. is sold by smugglers to a Chinese farmer. She becomes a smuggler herself and struggles to reunite with her sons, but the secret service gets involved…

  • N

  • Nefertiti's Daughters - Female street artists are on the front lines in the fight for freedom in Egypt today.

  • Neither Allah, Nor Master! - An explosive, personal look at secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia.

  • No Home MovieNo Home Movie - In her essential final feature, Chantal Akerman documents her relationship with her mother, a Holocaust survivor.

  • North-South.com - In West Africa many young women, who dream of escaping a life of misery by marrying a rich, white foreigner, surf the Internet for marriage proposals.

  • Notes on Marie Menken - The story of the "mother of avante-garde film"—the influential experimental filmmaker who inspired artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, and Kenneth Anger.

  • O

  • One Day Pina Asked... - Chantal Akerman follows choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company on a European tour.

  • 108 (Cuchillo de Palo)108 (Cuchillo de Palo) - Paraguayan director Renate Costa Perdomo investigates a gay man's persecution and murder.

  • The Other Side of Everything -

    A Belgrade apartment divided in two—with one half that has been locked for generations—tells the story of Serbia's political turmoil.

  • Outside In - Spanning nine years, Dr. Kasia Clark's story reveals how the human spirit can combine with medicine, complementary therapies, support, athletics, and art to challenge cancer.

  • P

  • The Perfumed Garden - An exploration of the myths and realities of sensuality and sexuality in Arab society.

  • Portraits of AmericaPortraits of America - Natalie Bookchin is an artist and filmmaker who, through virtuosic editing and innovative sonic and visual montage, interrogates the American crisis and its increased inequality and polarization.

  • The Price of Change - Examines the effect of non-domestic work on five Egyptian women.

  • Promised Lands - Promised Lands is famed writer and critic Susan Sontag's sole documentary project, shot in Israel on the fly in the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

  • The Punishment - An aimless young woman is sent home from school with nothing to do. Drifting through the streets of Paris, she comes across a variety of people.

  • R

  • The Return of Sara BaartmanThe Return of Sara Baartman - After years of unsettling negotiation with France, South Africa finally welcomes home the remains of Sara Baartman in an historic event of repatriation.

  • Ruth - Ruth endured the disabling physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson's disease for more than twelve years, until a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) enabled her to switch off many of the symptoms that had kept her a prisoner in her own body. A unique opportunity to view the impact of medical technology in action.

  • S

  • The Secret Life of Babies - A two-part examination of the psychological development of babies, from intrauterine life to the first months after birth. How do fetuses and babies perceive their worlds, and ours?

  • Semicolon; the Adventures of Ostomy Girl - Meet Dana, a feisty, funny, and charming 25-year-old at a crossroads... but not the kind you'd expect.

  • Senso DaughtersSenso Daughters - Investigates the Japanese army's mistreatment of New Guinean women and "comfort girls."

  • A Sentence for Two - The film contrasts the stories of prison inmates who are forced to give their newborn baby up with a prison nursery where infants spend the first year of life alongside their mothers.

  • Seventeen Short Films About Breasts - This provocative and often lovely suite of short films explores a range of feelings and concerns women have about their breasts. Together or individually, they offer a wonderful variety of ways to stimulate reflection and discussion.

  • Silentium - How can God-fearing faith and open-minded convent life engage in symbiosis?

  • Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir - Two interviews filmed 15 years apart illuminating the role, personality and ideas of the novelist, philosopher and political activist.

  • South Africa Belongs to Us - Aided by two black women journalists, the filmmakers visited workers' barracks, a family planning clinic in Soweto, and a shantytown to create the first and most stirring record of black women's lives in South Africa under apartheid.

  • Super, Girls! - Follows ten young women on their quest to become instant superstars on China's biggest television show.

  • T

  • Tokyo Idols - A provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry, a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity.

  • The Two Lives of EvaThe Two Lives of Eva - The complicated, traumatic story of a young woman, the filmmaker's mother, a well-off, Polish Lutheran before WWII, who afterwards married a Jewish Warsaw ghetto survivor.

  • V

  • A Veiled Revolution - Considers the possible reasons for modern Egyptian women's turn back to tradition.

  • Vulva 3.0 - Comprehensive and unflustered research into the history and biology of the female anatomy.

  • W

  • Western Eyes - The search for beauty and self-acceptance of two women of Asian descent contemplating plastic surgery - they believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect how they are perceived by others.

  • Which Way Is East: Notebooks from VietnamWhich Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam - When two American sisters travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history.

  • The Widowed Witch - Cai Chengjie’s deadpan fairy tale takes on the contradictions of superstition and the furious chimera of women’s power to conjure an intriguing magic.

  • Working Women of the World - Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., examines the relocation of factories from Western countries to nations like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey, where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent.

  • Y

  • Youth - Four young women face issues of independence and empowerment in Algeria, Egypt, and Lebanon.

More Films & DVDs for Women's Studies
  • Arab Diaries - A five-part documentary series that presents a fresh, insightful picture of contemporary life across the Arab world.

  • Breasts - Twenty-two women, ages 6 to 84-years-old, discuss how breasts play a crucial role in the experiences of puberty, motherhood, sex, health, and aging. ** 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality **

  • Casting the First Stone - Focuses on six women who regularly confront each other from opposite sides of a police barricade—three believe that abortion is an inalienable right, three consider it murder.

  • Chantal Akerman, From Here - A conversation with Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman about her films and her directorial philosophy.

  • Dam/Age - Traces renowned, prize winning writer Arundhati Roy's bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India.

  • Diamonds in the Dark - From a traditional village bordering Ukraine, to the relatively sophisticated city of Bucharest, a portrait of how Romanian women lived under the old regime, and how they confront the new problems of the post-communist era.

  • Drawing Conclusions - Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonists comment on portrayals of Hillary Rodham Clinton, why there are so few women in the editorial cartooning profession, and what that might mean both for the profession and for the reading public.

  • Fat Chance - Yuka, almost 200 pounds and fast approaching fifty, decides the time has come to lose weight in hopes of becoming healthier and happier.

  • A Female Cabby in Sidi Bel-Abbès - The story of the only woman cab driver in the Algerian city of Sidi Bel-Abbès.

  • Flower in Otomi - Tells the story of Deni Prieto Stock, killed by the Mexican army in 1973.

  • Following One's Way - One young woman's struggle to succeed as a singer in Bogota, Colombia, in order to escape from the poor and dangerous environment in which she lives.

  • Goldwidows: Women in Lesotho - "Goldwidows" are the women whose husbands work in South Africa's mines - often without returning home for five years at a time.

  • Guns & Mothers - The contentious debate over gun control, as seen through the eyes of two mothers on opposite sides of the issue.

  • Hair Therapy - A Colombian filmmaker questions her friends - in their twenties like her, and caught between maintaining their independence and love, relationships, and the desire to start a family.

  • Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute - Shohei Imamura profiles a former Karayuki-San who offers frank testimony into her horrific sexual slavery experiences.

  • Killer's Paradise - Since 1999 more than two thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala. Yet law enforcement and government turn a blind eye.

  • Kim's Story: The Road from Vietnam - The story of Kim Phuc, the subject of perhaps the most famous photograph of the Vietnam War, is a story of the personal and public healing of wounds from this century's longest, most divisive war.

  • Making Mothers - Profile of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. which primarily serves and is likewise staffed by the African American community.

  • Mama Awethu! - The stories of five black South African women in the townships around Cape Town reveal the inhuman legacy of the apartheid system.

  • Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself - A personal portrait of the great French writer Marguerite Duras. Made with home moves, archives, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years.

  • The Mothers' Triangle - A revealing, heartrending portrait of two generations of young, single mothers living in the shadow of abuse and abandonment.

  • Ms. Conceptions - Dually profound and amusing, delves into the "family values" debate via an exposé of women who are single mothers by choice.

  • Multiple - For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. Now, in the midst of working on an important TV series, she finds she can no longer hide her symptoms. She's afraid this revelation may destroy her career — and she'll also have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.

  • No Man's Land: Women Frontline Journalists - Profiles members of a rare breed: women war correspondents.

  • Our House - A groundbreaking documentary that explores what it's like to grow up with gay or lesbian parents, as Americans struggle to re-define family values.

  • The Passion of María Elena - Following the hit-and-run death of her son, Maria Elena, a young woman from Mexico's Raramuri community, embarks upon an eye-opening journey from grief to unexpected spiritual resolution.

  • Paulina - As a young girl in a small Mexican village Paulina was traded for land by her parents, and raped by the town boss. But today a vital, resilient woman, she returns for a visit ...

  • The Ribbon - The journey of the "Peace Ribbon," created by South African mothers both black and white, to protest the government's brutal internal policies.

  • Rice and Peas - The experiences of a Trinidadian restaurant owner in Brooklyn.

  • Running Mate - Eye-opening examination of cartoonists' portrayal of Geraldine Ferraro during her unsuccessful candidacy for the U.S. Vice Presidency.

  • Saudi Solutions - Personal profiles of ambitious women in Saudi Arabia, one of the most closed and conservative Muslim societies in the world.

  • Shadi - Moved by the economic hardships of the Iranian theater troupe the "Joy Makers" world-renowned French stage director, Ariane Mnouchkine invites them to perform in Paris.

  • States of Unbelonging - The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed near the West Bank.

  • Stories of Honor and Shame - Through a series of remarkable personal accounts, fifteen women reveal their roles in the patriarchal Islamic society of the Gaza Strip where men dictate most aspects of life.

  • Teeth - An amusing but informative look at the psychological, social and economic issues surrounding the modern American obsession with straight, white teeth.

  • There's No Room For So Many People - If Edgar doesn't find work by the end of the week, he and his wife will leave Bogota, Colombia and move to the coast, leaving their daughter behind. But, only after selling everything they have...

  • The Virgin Diaries - Two young women journey through Morocco in search of answers to their questions about virginity, sex and Islam.

  • War and Love in Kabul - Hossein's and Shaima's love is a story about honor, tribal laws, disgrace, fear, and hope for change in a war-ravaged Afghanistan.

  • The Women of Hezbollah - A portrait of two women activists in the Hezbollah, and an examination of the personal, social and political factors of their commitment to this Islamic movement in Lebanon.

  • Women Under Siege - Looks at the daily lives of six women in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp.

  • Zinat, One Special Day - Zinat, the first woman from the Island of Qeshm in the south of Iran to remove the traditional face mask (Boregheh), is running for elected office.

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