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America the Beautiful
America's obsession with beauty is the subject of filmmaker Darryl Roberts’s wide-ranging investigative documentary. Using archival footage and interviews with image-makers and beauty battle victims, Roberts reveals how media, marketers and retailers manipulate women into thinking they must be avid beauty product and service consumers in order to measure up to unattainable standards set by magazine editorials and advertising. The film strongly advocates for women--and the men in their lives--to accept and love themselves as they are.
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt1040007
Arresting Ana tells the story of the potential criminalization of the pro-anorexia movement in France. The film follows two women: Sarah, an 18-year-old college student with a ‘pro-Ana’ blog, an online forum on which she shares tips and tricks with other young women on how to become anorexic, and Valerie Boyer, a passionate legislator who is proposing a ground-breaking bill that aims to ban pro-Ana websites by issuing $30,000 fines and 2-year prison sentences to members of this online underground movement.
Movie description from: www.arrestingana.com
Management consultant Diane Keaton has no time in her life for anything except her high-profile job. All this changes when she inherits a 14-month-old infant from a pair of recently deceased-and very distant-relatives. Intending to put the child up for adoption, she discovers that she has grown fond of the kid and has begun to thrive on the responsibilities of motherhood. All of this, of course, jeopardizes Keaton's love life and professional standing, but all turns out well when the baby inadvertently leads to a whole new moneymaking agenda for our heroine. Capraesque in concept, Baby Boom avoids phony sentiment and obvious humor, emerging as one of the singular comic delights of the late 1980s. Baby Boom was spun off into a TV sitcom in 1989, with Kate Jackson filling Diane Keaton's designer shoes.
Movie description from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092605/
BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks is a 2003 documentary about the life of Academy Award nominated actress Beah Richards. Directed by Lisa Gay Hamilton, it won the Documentary Award at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival in 2003.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c626.shtml
Boy I Am
While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in this country, conversations about trans issues in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer women who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege.
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt1024954
Breaking the Silence
Harrison plays a lawyer defending a teenager (Chris Young) accused of murdering his father. As the boy details a lengthy history of abuse at the hands of his father, Harrison flashes back to his own miserable childhood. Harrison's law partner (and former lover), must not only contend with mounting an adequate defense for their client, but also must come to grips with her bitter childhood memories.
Movie description from: www.breakingthesilencemovie.com/
Cover Girl Culture
Cover Girl Culture is a documentary exploring the impact of media on girls and women in our society. Through exclusive interviews with the editors of Teen Vogue and Elle magazines the film takes a hard look at the fashion industry and the messages it coveys to young people. It also reveals the pressure tweens/teens face from our celebrity-centered culture and the shocking problems caused by the sexualization of girls by the media.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c761.shtml
A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood and Activism
Sylvia Morales’ sequel to her groundbreaking history of Chicana women, Chicana (1979), honors the achievements of five activist Latinas - labor organizer/farm worker leader Dolores Huerta, author/educator Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, writer/playwright/educator Cherrie Moraga, civil rights advocate Alicia Escalante, and historian/writer Martha Cotera - and considers how these single mothers managed to be parents and effect broad-based social change at the same time.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c771.shtml
Crime After Crime
“In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair of rookie land-use attorneys convinced that with the incontrovertible evidence that existed, they could free Deborah in a matter of months. What they didn’t know was the depth of corruption and politically driven resistance they’d encounter, sending them down a nightmarish, bureaucratic rabbit hole of injustice. The outrageous twists and turns in this consummately crafted saga are enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, the spirit, fortitude, and love all three characters marshal in the face of this wrenching marathon is nothing short of miraculous. We fall in love with the remarkable triumvirate as they battle a warped criminal-justice system and test whether it’s beyond repair.”
Movie description from: http://crimeaftercrime.com/
Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra
86 min + 50 min of extras
Cuba Mia: Portrait Of An All-Woman Orchestra captures the musicians of the all-female orchestra Camerata Romeu as they prepare for an end-of-the-year concert in Old Havana’s Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. With one of the world’s most beautiful churches as the backdrop, the women play a unique blend of classical music, created by famous Cuban and Latin American composers. The program profiles the musicians — ranging from a talented young violinist to a mature bass player. CUBA MIA follows the musicians and conductor Zenaida Romeu as they juggle their studies, and in some cases motherhood, with a demanding schedule and complex musical repertoire.
Movie description from: http://www.aptonline.org/catalog.nsf/vLinkTitle/CUBA+M+A+PORTRAIT+OF+AN+ALL-WOMAN+ORCHESTRA
Dying to be Thin
For millions of young Americans, the conflict between real and fashionable images of the body can be a matter of life or death. Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychological illness; over a 10-year period, five percent of all patients will die. Complications can include low blood pressure, bone loss and damage to the kidneys, liver and heart. This program will take you behind the scenes at laboratories and hospitals where specialists are experimenting with new approaches to eating disorders.
Movie description from: http://documentarystorm.com/dying-to-be-thin/
82 min + 32 min of extras
A story based on facts which offers a fresh take on the issue of new immigrants in the United States. Mariana totes her two children from Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New York. Her life is devastatingly turned around when her husband abandons the family. The woman and her kids have to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Mariana desperately searches for work. In the end, she resourcefully navigates a surprising avenue for making some money, the city’s recycling.
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt1212456/
Hannah Weyer’s Escuela, a moving follow-up to P.O.V.'s La Boda (The Wedding), continues the saga of the Luis family as Liliana and Elizabeth, two of the Luis family daughters, try to make their way in 21st century America. For Liliana who begins her freshman year in high school, this means dealing with the harsh demands of work in the fields, constant travel and endlessly changing schools, classes and friends as she migrates with her farm-worker family between California, Texas and Mexico. For Elizabeth, a limited education and the struggle to secure citizenship for her husband combine to create an uncertain economic outlook. In this compassionate portrait, Escuela continues the story of one Mexican-American family's drive towards a better future.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c573.shtml
Finding Face: The Tat Marina Story
When she was sixteen, Tat Marina was brutally attacked by a jealous woman and her bodyguards who poured highly toxic nitric acid over her head in front of hundreds of witnesses. Finding Face investigates the fracturing of Marina's family across transnational boundaries and documents the family's disparate responses to the knowledge that none of Marina's attackers have been arrested despite widespread knowledge of their identities.
Movie description from: www.easternct.edu/mt-static/.../finding-face-the-tat-marina-story.html
The Gender Chip Project
In 1998, filmmaker Helen De Michiel brought together several young women majoring in the sciences, engineering and math at Ohio State University in Columbus. They agreed to meet regularly over their next three years of college, and create a community to share experiences and struggles as women stepping into traditionally male domains. Ranging from their first year of college through to graduation, The Gender Chip Project is a rare and subtle portrait of five extraordinary young women attending this Midwestern university who take up the challenge to succeed in fields which are now only reluctantly accepting of women.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c673.shtml
Madison, 26 years old when this documentary commenced production, began life as a male but decided to change genders in her mid-twenties. As the film opens, Madison is learning from her foxy and über-hip octogenarian grandmother, Vivien, how to act, think, dress, and be feminine. At times brutally frank, Vivien spares no detail and no insight when telling Madison what constitutes "womanhood." Though Vivien's insights occasionally wax droll, they more often unveil deep and probing truths about gender identity. Documentarians Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott film Madison over a period of three years, and observe the subject's family coming to terms with the young woman's shift of gender, as she herself undertakes a long journey -- not only of metamorphosis but of deep introspection. Meanwhile, the story takes a most unusual and unanticipated twist when Madison and her longtime male friend, Cameron, fall deeply in love; he offers himself as an anchor and partner as Madison enters and then recovers from her series of surgeries.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c708.shtml
Girl Power: All Dolled Up
This thought-provoking short film examines the notion that “girl power” has been co opted by comco-opted create a feminist construct that is ultimately damaging to girls’ identity and development. In a range of diverse, revealing interviews with girls as young as seven, we witness the power of the popular media in developing brand loyalty and image self-consciousness. Complementing the girls’ testimony are numerous pop culture examples, as well as academics illuminating how the concept of girl power has been used to bring in big money by focusing on appearance. From Dora the Explorer’s grooming aids to Disney’s Princesses line to the highly sexualized Bratz dolls, the message is clear: girl power means being attractive. As one particularly astute young interviewee puts it, “Somewhere along the way girls get the idea ‘okay, I’m supposed to look hot every time I leave my house.’” Girl Power: All Dolled Up is critical viewing for women’s studies, advertising and mass communications courses, educators or anyone who works with young girls.
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c817.shtml
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
Movie description from: http://girlrising.com/see-the-film/index.html#about-the-film
Great Women Artists: Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe
3 discs 135 min (45 min each)
This series of programs presents an in-depth look at some of the greatest women artists of all time. Also featured are spectacular imagery and many rare historical photographs. The set includes Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Movie description from: www.kultur.com
A montage of film clips and stills calling all lesbians to come out and celebrate who they are. Weaving together clips, social guidance and classroom shorts from the fifties, a World War II documentary on a fleet of female fighter pilots, advertising films, home movies, snap shots, newsreel footage of an all-women conference held by Eleanor Roosevelt, and even some shockingly graphic lesbian themed "smokers" from the 1920's and 30's (made for a straight male audience), the variety and clever juxtaposition of the images makes for a moving, if at times demanding, experience. The soundtrack is often re-dubbed, so that Eleanor Roosevelt can say things like "Thank you all for coming to this wonderful lesbian conference."
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt0252510/
I'd Rather Be Home
This film documents the case of Norman, a man repeatedly abused by one of his adult sons over a seven-year period. Eventually, after a severe beating, Norman ends up in a nursing home, has a mild stroke and is placed under state guardianship. Through candid interviews, Norman recounts several occurrences of physical abuse and his confused emotions regarding those incidents. He remembers the close relationship he shared with his children when they were younger, and recalls that he did not use physical methods of discipline. Norman is caught between wanting his sons punished for their actions and wanting to protect his children. Even though he still fears further abuse, Norman expresses his desire to return home to live with his family. Norman's wife appears to be entangled in a web of denial, as she expresses her disbelief that any abuse actually occurred. This piece courageously exposes the circle of violence, denial, and the tragedy of abuse towards the elderly in a moving, realistic manner.
Movie description from: http://librarymedia.org/aging/Titles/ratherbehome.htm
In the Name of the Family
Schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez, sisters Amina and Sarah Said, and college student Fauzia Muhammad were all North American teenagers—and victims of premeditated, murderous attacks by male family members. Only Muhammad survived. Emmy® winner Shelley Saywell examines each case in depth in this riveting investigation of "honor killings" of girls in Muslim immigrant families. Not sanctioned by Islam, the brutalization and violence against young women for defying male authority derives from ancient tribal notions of honor and family shame.
As friends and relatives trace escalating tensions leading to the crimes, In the Name of the Family explores community reactions to the tragic events. The film also delves into the dual, precarious existence of other young Muslim women struggling to bridge two worlds, along with Muslim women’s efforts to help girls at special risk. With consummate documentary skills and a passion for human rights, Saywell puts a much needed human face on a subject that is all too often silenced or sensationalized in post-9/11 North America.
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c807.shtml
The Invisible War
The Invisible War features interviews with veterans from multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces who recount the events surrounding their assaults. Their stories show many common themes, such as the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators’ careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from service.
Movie description from: www.invisiblewarmovie.com/
La Boda (The Wedding)
In an intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, Hannah Weyer’s film La Boda (The Wedding) delves into the challenges faced by a community striving to maintain their roots in Mexico, while pursuing the “American Dream” across the border. Weyer’s camera follows Elizabeth Luis during the weeks before her marriage to Artemio Guerrero, interweaving the anticipation of the upcoming wedding with candid stories that explore the architecture of the Luis family. For 22-year-old Elizabeth, migrant life has meant shouldering responsibilities beyond those of an average young adult. Along with her seven siblings, she has contributed to the family income throughout her adolescence and young adulthood, often forced to sacrifice school for fieldwork and social life for travel as she and her family move between Texas, California and Mexico. La Boda tells the timeless story of a young woman’s coming of age, while also confronting negative stereotypes of the migrant community with the real life biography of a Mexican-American family bridging the gap between countries and culture.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c493.shtml
Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate is in the style of magical realism, based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. It earned all 11 Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, including the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and became the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States at the time. Tita, as the youngest daughter in a traditional Mexican family, is forbidden to marry. Therefore, when Pedro, the boy she has fallen in love with, and his father come to ask for Tita’s hand in marriage, Tita's mother, Mama Elena, refuses. Mama Elena offers her other daughter, Rosaura, and Pedro accepts in order to be closer to Tita...
Movie description from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_Water_for_Chocolate_(film)
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, But We Have to Live on Earth
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, But We Have to Live on Earth, hosted by Barbara Walters, is based on John Gray's best-selling book of the same name. Gray's book attempts to teach couples how to rise above differences in communication styles, emotional needs, and modes of behavior to arrive at a greater understanding between partners. For this program, ABC placed an ad in newspapers seeking married couples with problems. From thousands of responses, they chose six fractious pairs who appear in the special. Cameras follow the couples' daily routines, during which they discuss chores, intimacy, and differences. Next, each couple attends John Gray's lecture and workshop. Five months later, each couple is visited and shown to be happier. The program does not discuss the specifics of Gray's theories but shows his ideas in action.
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt1344126/
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She examines the diversity of human sexual and gender variance around the globe, with commentary by scientific experts and first-hand accounts of people who do not conform to a simple binary identity .
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt0495729/
Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can't be what you can't see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.
Movie description from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Representation
No Job For a Woman
When World War II broke out, reporter Martha Gellhorn was so determined to get to the frontlines that she left husband Ernest Hemingway, never to be reunited. Ruth Cowan’s reporting was hampered by a bureau chief who refused to talk to her. Meanwhile, photojournalist Dickey Chappelle wanted to get so close to the action that she could feel bullets whizzing by. This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of how these three tenacious war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations during the war—when battlefields were considered no place for a woman.
Narrated by Emmy® Award winner Julianna Margulies, this film features an abundance of archival photos and interviews with modern female war correspondents, as well as actresses bringing to life the written words of these remarkable women. Their repeated delegation to the sidelines to cover the “woman’s angle” succeeded in expanding the focus of war coverage to bring home a new kind of story— a personal look at the human cost of war.
No Job For a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c820.shtml
No Way Out But One
In 1994 Holly Collins became an international fugitive when she grabbed her three children and went on the run. It all happened because a family court had ignored Holly’s charges, the children’s pleas, Holly’s broken nose, Zackary’s fractured skull, and other medical evidence of domestic violence. The family court in Minnesota gave full custody of Zackary and Jennifer to Holly’s ex-husband. It was at that point that Holly came to fear she and the children had "no way out but one".
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt2296869/
Orchids: My Intersex Adventure
Documentary filmmaker, Phoebe Hart, comes clean on a journey of self-discovery around her hidden intersex condition.
Movie description from: www.orchids-themovie.com/
Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America
From the beginning of American history, homosexuality and love between people of the same sex have been part of the social and political landscape. The documentary Out of the Past recovers facets of our history that have been left out of the textbooks and follows one young woman making history today. This documentary glimpses of nearly 400 years of lesbian and gay history, encouraging viewers to share relevant stories and news from their own lives and communities.
Movie description from: www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/booklink/record/1507.html
Leslie Feinberg, a self-identified “gender outlaw: who has spent much of her life passing as a man, speaks with passion and intelligence about her experiences in this video manifesto. Raw and confrontational, this video asks its audience to examine their assumptions about the “nature” of gender and calls more sensitivity and awareness of the human rights and dignity of transgendered people.
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c214.shtml
“A girl’s life is cruel...A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of Pink Saris, internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women (Sisters in Law, Divorce Iranian Style, Rough Aunties). Sampat should know – like many others she was married as a young girl into a family which made her work hard and beat her often. But unusually, she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming famous as a champion for beleaguered women throughout Uttar Pradesh, many of whom find their way to her doorstep. Like Rekha, a fourteen year old Untouchable, who is three months pregnant and homeless – unable to marry her unborn child’s father because of her low caste. Fifteen year old Renu's husband from an arranged marriage has abandoned her, her father-in-law has been raping her and she's threatening to throw herself under a train. Both young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, Northern India’s women vigilantes in pink.
Pink Saris is an unflinching and often amusing look at these unlikely political activists and their charismatic leader; in extraordinary scenes, we watch Sampat launch herself into the centre of family dramas, witnessed by scores of spectators, convinced her mediation is the best path for these vulnerable girls. Her partner Babuji, who has watched Sampat change over the years, is less certain...
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c789.shtml
Plastic Disasters is a one-hour documentary that looks into a few cases of people who went in for plastic surgery for various reasons and whose surgeries were botched. It's a very saddening piece and quite a troubling one at times. Anyone thinking about having plastic surgery - whether for cosmetic or health reasons or both - should certainly view this program before deciding whether or not to go through with it, or consider alternate treatments.
Like other body obsessions — fitness, dieting or tanning, for example — cosmetic procedures can sometimes cause extreme harm. That is the subject of Plastic Disasters, an hourlong documentary on plastic surgery patients that has its premiere in 2006 on HBO.
The film, directed and produced by David Heilbroner and Kate Davis, positions itself as the antidote to television shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "The Swan." Those reality programs, both now defunct, promoted plastic surgeons as fairy godmothers, transforming patients (after hours on the operating table and months of recovery time) from frumpy Cinderellas to plasticized clones of Pamela Anderson.
Plastic Disasters takes the opposite point of view, that plastic surgery is not a welcome boost to self-esteem. The documentary is gruesomely compelling, complete with shots of gore and gangrene. It focuses on three patients who have had bad experiences: Mona, who had a botched liposuction; Tony, who undergoes a series of operations to correct a faulty nose job; and Lucille, who, after a nose job and two face lifts, is obsessed with her appearance.
Movie description from: http://www.nytimes.com
It's Harlem 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school.
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt0929632/
Rights and Wrongs: The Story of Women in Islam
By returning to the roots of Islam and understanding how societies have found justification for their treatment of women within Islamic sources, this thoughtful and far reaching film is an essential resource that debunks myths about women and Islam. Renowned Muslim feminist scholars and journalists, including Asra Q. Nomani, Mona Eltahawy, Azadeh Moaveni, Dr. Amina Wadud, Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl and Asma Gull Hasan, detail how from early on very different understandings of the Qur’an lead to vastly different translations, with enormous repercussions for women living in different Islamic societies around the world. The film alternates between the history of Mohammad and issues facing Muslim women today—from the wearing of the veil, to praying in the mosque, and attitudes towards domestic violence and honor killings. It also looks at how feminism works within Islam in the modern era. Rights and Wrongs is indispensable for courses on Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, comparative religion, women’s studies and more.
Movie description from: www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c833.shtml
Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman tells the haunting story of the more than 200 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Visually poetic, yet unflinching in its gaze, this compelling investigation unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed for the brutal murders of women living along the Mexico-U.S. border. In the midst of Juárez's international mystique and high profile job market, there exists a murky history of grossly underreported human rights abuses and violence against women. Relying on what Portillo comes to see as the most reliable of sources - the testimonies of the families of the victims -" Señorita Extraviada" documents a two-year search for the truth in the underbelly of the new global economy.
Movie description from: www.pbs.org/pov/senoritaextraviada/
Sex Crimes Unit
Sex Crimes Unit is an unprecedented look inside the New York District Attorney's unit dedicated to the prosecution of rape and sexual assault. The film examines the history of injustice toward rape survivors; trails the unit through its investigations; tracks the case of a prostitute who dared cry rape; and follows one survivor's 16-year journey to justice.
Movie description from: sexcrimesunit.com
Sexy Inc. is an important documentary film for everyone everywhere because it is about a pervasive “problem” in society that we cannot avoid. Whether one takes a liberal, conservative position or pro-sex feminist view of hypersexualization, commodification, misogyny, and pornography, it is very difficult not to be disturbed at the evidence this film presents about the effect that hypersexualization is having on young children.
Movie description from: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/sexy-inc-our-children-under-influence/
Featuring more than 50 camerawomen from around the world, and shot over a period of six years, Shooting Women, by pioneering filmmaker and cinema studies professor Alexis Krasilovsky, celebrates the amazing talent and unflinching spirit of image-making women from the sets of Hollywood and Bollywood to the war zones of Afghanistan.
This internationally-acclaimed documentary, based on Krasilovsky’s book “Women Behind the Camera,” broaches the persistent issues of the glass ceiling, sexual harassment, and childcare for professional camerawomen around the globe—working from environments where raising such issues is seen as “unprofessional.”
With wide-ranging access and rich diversity, Shooting Women offers insight from top directors of photography like Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Sandi Sissel (Salaam Bombay!), while giving voice to stories of groundbreaking women like African-American Jessie Maple Patton, who sued the American union and networks for the right to work. From historic footage of Mao’s travels from China’s first camerawoman, to the secretly filmed beatings of women in Afghanistan, viewers are offered a glimpse of how women behind the camera are changing the world.
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c748.shtml
Sin by Silence
From behind prison walls, a group of extraordinary women are shattering misconceptions of domestic violence. An important film that profiles Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA), the US prison system’s first inmate initiated group and led by women, Sin by Silence is an essential resource featuring more than two hours of bonus materials, including interviews with experts on abusive relationships, law enforcement leaders and leaders in faith-based communities about domestic violence, and more.
Created by Brenda Clubine in 1989, CWAA has changed laws for battered women, raised awareness for those on the outside, and educated a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of domestic abuse. Like many CWAA members, Brenda’s years of inflicted abuse were never fully revealed. But because of CWAA’s work and advocacy, new laws were enacted that now allow incarcerated survivors to challenge their original conviction. With unprecedented access inside the California Institution for Women, this emotionally packed documentary tells the stories of courageous women who have learned from their past, are changing their future, and teaching us how domestic violence affects each and every person.
Movie description from: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c759.shtml
Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.
Movie description from: http://focusfeatures.com/sin_nombre
Speak Out and Stand Up: Raising Awareness About Sexual Assault
Hosted by “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart, this docudrama is a useful tool to raise dialogue in your high school or on your college campus about sexual assault as a community issue. SOSU includes diverse student voices and experts in the field of sexual assault. Dramatized scenes highlight the impact of sexual assault on a victim as well as the important role of friends and bystanders. This movie can be used to challenge students to be active bystanders and work together to prevent sexual violence.
Movie description from: http://clerycenter.org/store/dvd/speak-out-and-stand-sosu-raising-awareness-about-sexual-assault-2009
Thelma and Louise
Louise is working in a fast food restaurant as a waitress and has some problems with her friend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.
Movie description from: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103074/
The Price of Sex
An unprecedented and compelling inquiry, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of trafficked Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova’s feature documentary caps years of painstaking, on-the-ground reporting that aired on Frontline (PBS) and 60 Minutes (CBS) and earned her an Emmy nomination, Magnum photo agency’s Inge Morath Award, and a Webby for Internet excellence.
Filming undercover with extraordinary access, even posing as a prostitute to gather her material, Bulgarian-born Chakarova travels from impoverished rural areas in post-Communist Eastern Europe, including her grandmother’s village, to Turkey, Greece, and Dubai. This dangerous investigative journey brings Chakarova face to face with trafficked women willing to trust her and appear on film undisguised. Their harrowing first-person accounts, as well as interviews with traffickers, clients, and anti-trafficking activists, expose the root causes, complex connections, and stark significance of sexual slavery today.
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Feminist-minded photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield details the ravaging physical and mental effects of anorexia nervosa by following four anorexic women between the ages of 15 and 30 as they struggle to recover from their illness over the course of six excruciating months at a Florida residential treatment center. As the complexity of the disorder emerges through scenes in which the afflicted struggle through dispiriting weigh-ins, revealing therapy sessions, and painful meal times, Greenfield offers a revealing look at the devastating effects of a media driven by impossibly high standards of physical beauty.
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Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action
This revelatory documentary is an inspiring homage to Tillie Lerner Olsen – a renegade, revolutionary, distinguished fiction and non-fiction writer, feminist, humanist, labor organizer and social activist. Politically active, class conscious, deeply joined to the world, Tillie countered the very core of American writing by immortalizing the lives of working class women and single mothers. Her short stories “Tell Me a Riddle,” and “I Stand Here Ironing,” galvanized the literary world and set in motion an essential new perspective on the lives of ordinary women.
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Tomboys! Feisty Girls and Spirited Women
Are tomboys tamed once they grow up? This lively and inspiring documentary explodes that archaic myth with the stories of proud tomboys of all ages: African-American teenager Jay Gillespie; Massachusetts firefighter Tracy Driscoll, lesbian artist Nancy Brooks Brody and the inimitable political activist Doris Haddock, aka “Granny D”, whose walk across America in support of campaign finance reform has gained global attention. Interviews with these feisty women are intercut with personal photographs and archival footage to celebrate tomboys of all ages. Exploring the myriad ways gender identity is constructed from a very young age, TOMBOYS makes the connections between rebel girl and spirited women gloriously clear. With additional commentary by girls’ studies pioneer Carol Gilligan, these tales of energy and enterprise are a revelation to us all.
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Warrior Champions: From Baghdad to Beijing
American documentary film directed by the Renaud Brothers. The films tells the individual stories of four American soldiers who lost limbs or suffered paralysis in Iraq, and of their training to try for a berth on the 2008 U.S. Paralympic team and their journey to the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing.
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Weapon of War
In no other country has sexual violence matched the scale of brutality reached in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During nearly two decades of conflicts between rebels and government forces, an estimated 150,000 Congolese women and girls fell victim to mass rape. That figure continues to rise.
WEAPON OF WAR, an award-winning film honored by Amnesty International, journeys to the heart of this crisis, where we meet its perpetrators. In personal interviews, soldiers and former combatants provide openhearted but shocking testimony about rape in the DRC. Despite differing views on causes or criminal status, all reveal how years of conflict, as well as discrimination against women, have normalized brutal sexual violence. We also see former rapists struggling to change their own or others’ behavior, and reintegrate into their communities.
A companion to FIGHTING THE SILENCE and its portraits of Congolese rape survivors, this indispensable resource provides unique insights into strategic uses of rape as a military weapon - and the motives of the men who employ it.
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Wired for Sex, Lies, and Power Trips
An inside look at the culture of sexual harassment and bullying widespread among many teens today, this unique and compelling program examines the price that adolescents, especially girls, pay to be cool, hip and popular in our brave new wired world. Questioning and confronting their own and each other’s stereotypes and assumptions, three different groups of culturally diverse teenagers share personal stories of navigating their hyper-sexualized, high-tech environment, where the online posting of racy photos, raunchy videos, and explicit gossip and lies, is as commonplace as bombardment by provocative media messages that degrade and objectify women.
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Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control your Destiny
Suze Orman, the nation’s go-to expert on all things financial, investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money.
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Women Without Men
A modern literary masterpiece, Women Without Men creates an evocative and powerfully drawn allegory of life in contemporary Iran. With a tone that is as stark and bold, yet magical, as its elegantly drawn settings and characters, internationally acclaimed writer Shahrnush Parsipur follows the interwoven destinies of five women -- including a prostitute, a wealthy middle-aged housewife, and a schoolteacher -- as they arrive, by many different paths, to live in a garden on the outskirts of Tehran. Reminiscent of a wry fable and drawing on elements of Islamic mysticism and recent Iranian history, Women Without Men depicts women escaping the narrow precincts of family and society -- only to face daunting new challenges. Shortly after the novel's 1989 publication, Parsipur was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women's sexuality. Though still banned in Iran, this national best-seller was eventually translated into several languages, delighting new readers with the witty and subversive work of a brilliant Persian writer.
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Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the inspiring story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith), working in the mergers and acquisitions department of a Wall Street investment bank. When her boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), breaks her leg skiing, Tess uses Parker's absence and connections, including her errant beau Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford), to put forward her own idea for a merger deal.
The film features a notable opening sequence following Manhattan-bound commuters on the Staten Island Ferry accompanied by Carly Simon's song "Let the River Run", for which she received the Academy Award for Best Song. The film was a box office hit, grossing a worldwide total of $103 million.
Griffith was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, while both Weaver and Joan Cusack were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film itself was also nominated for Best Picture at the 61st Academy Awards.
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