Feminist Documentaries

  • !W.A.R.: Women art revolution
    DVD 7943 (2010, 84 min.) History of the feminist art movement in the late 20th century, including interviews with many of the participants.
  • Africa is a women's name
    DVD 8286 (2009, 52 min.) Follows three very different African women working to create change at all levels of society: Amai Rose, a Zimbabwean housewife and businesswoman; Phuti Ragophala, a school principal in one of South Africa's poorest communities; and Njoki Ngund'u, a human rights attorney and member of Kenya's parliament.
  • After I pick the fruit
    DVD 1890 (2012, 93 min.) The story of five women, immigrant farm workers, over a ten-year period as they labor in the apple orchards and fields of western New York, migrate to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the immigration raids
  • After Tiller
    DVD 1926 (2013, 88 min.) Explores the subject third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller and the effects this has had on women.
  • After the Rape: the Mukhtaran Mai story
    DVD 7475 (2008, 58 min.) In 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a rural Pakistani woman from a remote part of the Punjab, was gang-raped by order of her tribal council as punishment for her younger brother's alleged relationship with a woman from another clan. Instead of committing suicide or living in shame, Mukhtar spoke out, fighting for justice in the Pakistani courts, making world headlines. Further defying custom, she started two schools for girls in her village and a crisis center for abused women. Mukhtar, who had never learned to read but knew the Koran by heart, realized that only a change in mentality could break brutal, archaic traditions and social codes. Her story, included in the bestseller Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and the subject of Mukhtar's own memoir, In the Name of Honor, has inspired women across the globe.
  • Amazon sisters
    DVD 4545. (1992, 60 min. ) Focuses on women at the frontline of the struggle to save the Amazon rainforest.
  • American economic gender roles in society
    DVD 5707 (2007, 7 videodiscs) An anthology of women's rights films. Individual discs are: Women of WWII Gender Roles Films (1940s)-- Eleanor Roosevelt Films (1940s) -- Lady Lifeguard Film (1940s) -- Women in the Workforce Films (1940s - 1950s) -- Home Economics Films (1950s) -- Ironing Film (1946)
  • Ana Mendieta: fuego de tierra
    DVD 8228 (2010, 49 min.) A portrait of Cuban-born American artist Ana Mendieta, who used her own body, the raw materials of nature, and Afro-Cuban religion to express her feminist political consciousness and poetic vision.
  • Anne Braden: southern patriot
    DVD 3834 (2012, 77 min) A first person documentary about the American civil rights leader. Braden hailed by Martin Luther King as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was "eloquent and prophetic." Braden's story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice.
  • Beaches of Agnes
    DVD 6620 (2010, 110 min.) A rich cinematic self portrait that touches on art, the feminist movement, the Black Panthers, and the birth of the French New Wave.
  • Boy named Sue, A
    DVD 7697 (2000, 57 min.) Documents the transformation of a female-to-male transexual over the course of six years
  • Business of being born
    DVD 4811 (2008, 84 min.) An investigation of the way America gives birth, ranging from natural child birth under the guidance of midwives to invasive procedures in hospitals. Includes the filming of the delivery of producer Ricki Lake's own baby. Lake is a former Ithaca College student.
  • Chisholm '72: unbought & unbossed
    DVD 9187 (2004, 77 min.) A documentary following the 1972 campaign waged by Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to run for a major party's nomination for United States President.
  • Clitoris, The
    DVD 6033 (2003, 60 min.) An offbeat documentary that blends graphic imagery, animation, media images, and interviews to explore female sexuality, focusing on the clitoris.
  • Darl girls
    DVD 1467 (2011, 73 min.) Explores the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world, addressing issues of sexism, racism, and self-esteem.
  • Defending our lives
    DVD 5855 (1993, 30 min.) Explores domestic violence in this country, featuring the personal testimonies of four women imprisoned for killing their batterers.
  • Dolley Madison
    DVD 6979 (2010, 90 min.) An episode from the PBS series American Experience, presents the complex story of Dolley Madison, who thrived and exhibited great political influence in a time when women could neither vote nor participate officially in government.
  • Dream girls
    DVD 6102 (1994, 50 min.) Explores sex roles, sexual politics, and feminism through the lens of the Takarazuka Revue, a Japanese theater company where all roles are played by women.
  • Duka's dilemma: a visit to Hamar, Southern Ethiopia
    DVD 2514 (2001, 87 min.) A portrait of an Ethiopian family, marriage customs, and the condition of women.
  • Education of Shelby Knox, The
    DVD 2169 (2005, 76 min.) Documentary presenting the political activism of high school student Shelby Knox who fought against her school’s abstinence-only sex education policy.
  • Everything must come to light
    DVD 3674 (2002, 25 min.) Focuses on the lives of three lesbian sangomas (traditional healers) living in Soweto, South Africa, whose sexuality and healing powers involve a complex relationship with their ancestors.
  • Fast food women
    DVD 9034 (1991, 28 min.) Examines the working conditions and looks at the lives of the women who prepare the food at four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky.
  • Finding Dawn
    DVD 5511 (2006, 76 min.) Focusing on Dawn Crey, a missing Native Canadian, this film explores historical, social and economic factors that contribute to an epidemic of violence against Native women in Canada.
  • Four wives -- one man
    DVD 3361. (2007, 76 min.) A portrait of a polygamist family in a rural Iranian village.
  • From Mao towards full equality
    DVD 1325. (2001, 55 min. ) An in-depth appraisal of China's women's movement.
  • Gender Chip Project
    DVD 2966 (2005, 54 min) Explores experiences and struggles of young women majoring in the sciences and stepping into traditionally male domains.
  • Generation M
    DVD 4132 (2008, 60 min.) Tracks the destructive dynamics of misogyny across a broad and disturbing range of media phenomena.
  • Girl rising
    DVD (2013, 104 min.) A film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world told through the stories of nine girls from around the world.
  • Girl wrestler
    DVD 1727 (2004, 53 min.) The story of Tara Neal, a Texas teenager who challenged the laws and customs behind sex discrimination in sports.
  • Girls like us
    DVD 6094 (1997, 57 min.) Through South Philadelphia teens filmed over a period of four years, this documentary explores female teenage experiences of sexuality and pregnancy, and conflicts of growing up female.
  • God sleeps in Rwanda
    DVD 2164 (2004, 28 min.) Five women struggle to rebuild their lives and redefine women’s roles in a country torn apart by war.
  • Going Up the Stairs: Portrait of an Unlikely Iranian Artist
    DVD 8845 (2011, 52 min.) Akram is an illiterate 50 year old Iranian woman who became a painter unexpectedly when her young grandson asked her to work on a drawing - and that simple act tapped into an explosion of powerful, primitive and colorful paintings, which she hid from disapproving eyes. When invited to exhibit in Paris, she is a the mercy of her conservative husband - will he let her go showcase her raw talent or give in to his sense of tradition and keep her home?
  • Going on 13
    DVD 6958 (2008, 73 min.) Chronicles four girls' coming of age as they mature from little girls to young women. The film focuses on issues of school, family, friends, and identity.
  • Grace, Milly, Lucy-- child soldiers
    DVD 9293 (2010, 73 min.) The story of three girl soldiers of Uganda and their struggles once they returned from captivity.
  • Greatest silence: Rape in the Congo
    DVD 5936 (2007, 76 min.) Tells the story and interviews a few of tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically raped, mutilated and tortured when their country was at war.
  • Grrlyshow
    DVD 2205 (2001, 18 min.)
  • Home of the brave [documentary on the civil rights activist, Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965]
    DVD 3760 (2003, 75 min.) Documentary on the white civil rights activist and mother of five, Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965 as she campaigned for black suffrage in Alabama.
  • I was a teenage feminist
    DVD 1859 (2004; 62 min.) Armed with a video camera and an irreverent sense of humor, Therese probes diverse sources including Gloria Steinem, rowdy frat boys, a Cosmo-reading opera singer and even her own mother, to find out whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power.
  • Ida B. Wells : a passion for justice
    DVD 4050 (2004, 53 min.) An episode from PBS's American Experience series, a chronicle the life of Ida B. Wells, African American journalist and activitist who protested racism and injustice and gave the women's suffrage movement a broader perspective.
  • Idea makers: the women of Hull House
    DVD 636 (2002, 18 min.) The story of Hull House and its founding reforming women, including Jane Addams, who reached out to the poor and uneducated people of Chicago.
  • In the matter of Cha Jung Hee
    DVD 8447 (2010, 62 min.) Adoption, acculturation, and self-actualization are all explored in this personal documentary by a Korean-American filmmaker who as a girl had her identity switched at an orphanage before being adopted by an American family.
  • Invisible war
    DVD 6904 (2012, 97 min.) An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report.
  • It was rape
    DVD 1514 (2013, 60 min.) Eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault.
  • It's a boy!
    DVD 6506 (2008, 30 min.) Examines and exposes sex preselection and parental preferences in India.
  • Ladies of the gridiron [videorecording]
    DVD 9207 (2010, 35 min.) Story of the Quake's eighth season; a woman's football team and how women athletes are perceived.
  • License to thrive: Title IX at 35
    DVD 7289 (2008, 45 min.) An historical summary of the effects of Title IX, not just on sports, but creating opportunities for women in science, math, business, law, and politics.
  • Lip
    DVD 6100 (1999, 11 min.) Makes that case that black actresses, in the era when they were only allowed to play maids, were able to make the most of the narrow margin Hollywood has allowed them.
  • Locations of the m/othership: black women as fugitive archetype of resistance
    DVD 9202 (2009, 20 min.) Avant-garde film incorporating music, poetry and visuals to explore aspects of Black women.
  • Louisa May Alcott the woman behind Little women
    DVD 778 (2008, 84 min.) A fresh, modern take on Louisa May Alcott, who as this film reveals, was not a prim, mousy creature conjured up by her image as a writer of fiction for girls, but an adventurous extraordinary woman.
  • Made in L.A. = Hecho en Los Angeles
    DVD 5565 (2007, 70 min) "Made in L.A. traces the moving transformation of three Latina garment workers on the fault lines of global economic change who decide they must resist. Through a groundbreaking law suit and consumer boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent holding an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured. But more than this, Made in LA provides an insider's view into both the struggles of recent immigrants and into the organizing process itself: the enthusiasm, discouragement, hard-won victories and ultimate self-empowerment."--Distributor.
  • Maid in America
    DVD 2021 (2004, 58 min.) Described as "An intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three of the nearly 100,000 domestic workers living in that city today."
  • Margaret Fuller legacy: America's first feminist, 1810-1850
    DVD 9478 (2012, 40 min.) A comprehensive overview of Margaret Fuller's life, times, and achievements from her Transcendental period to her pioneering work as a journalist and editor.
  • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
    DVD 5387 (2003, 83 min.) The story of Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, focusing on her vision, courage, and grace as she faced personal and artistic attacks during the bitter dispute that followed her design's selection.
  • Media coverage and female athletes: women play sports, just not in the media.
    DVD 9823 (2013, 56 min.) Examines the great undercoverage of female athletes and proposes strategies both for increasing media coverage and creating images that reflect the reality of women’s sports participation.
  • Miss Representation
    DVD 8125 (2011, 90 min.) A look at the influence of mainstream media's portrayals of women on the under-representation of women in influential positions
  • Mohawk girls
    DVD 4668 (2005, 53 min.) Chronicles two years in the lives of three Mohawk teenagers on a Canadian reservation. Filmed by a woman who returned to the reservation ten years after she had left.
  • Mothers of Bedford
    DVD 6380(2013, 134 min.) Featuring women inmates of the Bedford Hills maximum security prison in Westchester, NY, this documentary explores how mothers cope with their separation from their children.
  • Nice colored girls
    DVD 8396 (1987, 26 min.) This film juxtaposes excerpts from 16th century sailor’s journals with current day scenes to highlight sexual exploitation of native Australian women then and now.
  • Not for ourselves alone: the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
    DVD 4861 (1999; 180 min.) Presents the history of women's suffrage in the United States through the often turbulent friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony.
  • Nu shu: a hidden language of women in China
    DVD 4131 (1999, 59 min.) The chronicle of Nu she, the secret written language of women in the Hunan Province that was passed down for centuries until it was "discovered" in the 1960s and nearly wiped out by the Cultural Revolution.
  • Passionate politics: the life and work of Charlotte Bunch
    DVD 8888 (2011, 58 min.) Tells the story of a lifelong feminist activist who worked tirelessly and globally for equal rights for women and LGBT people.
  • Performing the border
    DVD 6097 (1999, 42 min.) Investigates the growing impact of the global economy on Mexican women who live and work in the area, the sexualization of the border through labor division, prostitution, and sexual violence.
  • Phantom of the operator
    DVD 1861 (2004, 66 min.) Presents the story of female telephone operators' central place in the development of global communications.
  • Pink Ribbons, Inc.
    DVD 8932 (2012, 98 min.) Exposes the Pink ribbon campaign as something that may make people feel good, but provides little benefit to women diagnosed with breast cancer but a great deal to companies that profit from their pink marketing campaigns.
  • Price of sex
    DVD 8572 (2011, 73 min.) An expose of the dark side of immigration revealong the experiences of Eastern European women forced into prostitution.
  • Purity myth : the virginity movement's war against women
    DVD 8465 (2011, 45 min.) An examination of why the United States is obsessed with virginity and the overt and covert ways our society links a woman's worth to her sexuality.
  • Pussy riot : a punk prayer
    DVD 1659 (2014, 88 min.) With unparalleled exclusive access, the film tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha, and Katia, members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, who performed a 40-second 'punk prayer' inside Russia's main cathedral. The performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever. Exclusive interview with Ekaterina Samutsevich.
  • Quest for honor
    DVD 8573 (2009, 67 min.) Describes the practice of "honor killing" of women by male relatives for actions deemed dishonorable to their families in Kurdistan, Iraq, and highlights efforts by Kurdish activists to end the practice.
  • Rape is
    DVD 570 (2005, 32 min.) Looks at rape from a global and historical perspective, focusing on domestic cultural conditions surrounding the crime.
  • Riot Grrrl New York City : a video. [Grrrl love and revolution]
    DVD 9222 (2012, 46 min.) Filmmaker Abby Moser's encapsulation of over 100 hours of original footage of Riot Grrrl meetings and events, and interviews shot between 1993 and 1996.
  • Running in high heels
    DVD 4281 (2005, 90 min.) Documentary explores various aspects of women, politics, and feminism, asking the question whether or not women should vote for women, regardless of politics.
  • Russian feminism: twenty years forward
    DVD 3731 (2009, 35 min.) A capsule history of women's activism in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia
  • Say my name
    DVD 3171 (2009, 73 min.) Through the stories of more than 18 artists, explores how women in rap music deal with poverty, race, sexism, and motherhood.
  • September issue
    DVD 6882 (2009, 90 min.) Something of a documentary version of The Devil Wears Prada, featuring Vogue and its editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
  • Sex, female: women talking about sex
    DVD 1885 (2005, 59 min.) The title reveals the content -- the film is a presentation of free-spirited discussions by women about sex.
  • Shape of water, The
    DVD 3890 (2006, 70 min.) Follows the efforts of women political activists in four countries (Brazil, India, Israel & Senegal) to effect positive change.
  • Sisters in resistance
    DVD 7220 (2000, 60 min.) Shares the story of four French women who fought for the French resistance against Nazi occupation.
  • Step by step: building a feminist movement
    DVD 8613 (1998, 56 min.) Focuses on the formative years of the feminist movement following World War II and into the Seventies.
  • These girls
    DVD 3360 (2006, 68 min.) Follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo.
  • Tomboys
    DVD 2278 (2004, 28 min.) Answers the question "Are tomboys tamed once they grow up?" as it addresses gender identity.
  • Umoja; no men allowed
    DVD 8287 (2010, 32 min.) Tells the life-changing story of a group of impoverished tribal Samburu women in Northern Kenya who turn age-old patriarchy on its head. Their story began in the 1990's, when several hundred women accused British soldiers from a nearby militry base of rape. In keeping with traditional Samburu customs, the women were cast out by their husbands for bringing shame to their famlies. Rebecca Lolosoli, a tireless women's rights advocate, helps establish a women-only village, Umoja. Soon the women turn their fate around, launching a successful business-which incurs the men's jealousy and wrath, setting off an unusual, occasionally hilarious, gender war
  • Warrior marks
    DVD 2187 (2005, 54 min.) A documentary about female genital mutilation in Africa that Includes interviews with "victims, activists against female circumcision, and circumcisers."
  • Way north = La voie du nord : Maghrebi women in Marseille
    DVD 8131 (2008, 60 min) This film introduces Fatima Rhazi, who gave up a successful career as a sports photographer in Morocco and immigrated to France in order to protect her daughter from in-laws who would have taken her away. Itto, a young, newly immigrated bride negotiates a new culture while raising her young daughter. Hadja, a political asylum seeker from Algeria is sans papiers (without papers). She seeks work, fights for her rights, and tries to stay strong for her family of five, meanwhile helping her pre-teen daughter negotiate culture while navigating through middle school. The documentary tells us the story of Fatima and her community. The documentary employs sensual details to create portraits of these women, their families, and Marseille and reveals their struggles to cultivate alternative economic and social supports for themselves in a society that has historically ignored or misunderstood them. The Way North depicts these women as forceful, opinionated actors in their lives, affecting change in society and defying stereotypes.
  • Wired for sex, lies and power trips: It's a teen's world
    DVD 7206 (2009, 45 min.) An examination of the culture of sexual harassment and bullying among adolescents, especially girls. The film follows three different groups of culturally diverse teenagers.
  • Women of summer: the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers : 1921-1938
    DVD 5204 (1986, 55 min.) Tells the story of a school founded through the common social ideas of feminists, unionists, and educators.
  • Women outside: Korean women and the U.S. military
    DVD 3518 (1995, 52 min.) Documentary on young South Korean women who work in sex related enterprises adjacent to American military bases in South Korea. Also explores the lives of Korean American women who came to the United States as wives of American servicemen.
  • Women's kingdom
    DVD 4569 (2006, 22 min.) Explores the last matriarchal societies in the world, Mosuo women in southwest China.
  • Wonder women!: the untold story of American superheroines
    DVD 9382 (2012, 55 min.) A critique of gender and heroism in popular culture, starting with comic book heroines but moving on to modern representations of powerful women in the media.
  • World before her
    DVD 1463 (2013, 91 min.) Uses the Miss India beauty contest and a Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls to explore opposing cultural movements in India.
  • Writing desire
    DVD 4774 (2001, 26 min.) A meditation on the gender inequalities of internet voyeurism and sexual consumerism.
  • You must know about me: Rights, not violence, for sex workers in Macedonia
    DVD 7468 (2009) In Macedonia, as throughout the world, sex workers are pushed to the margins of society by a combination of prejudice, discrimination and violence. Yet, the fact that a person sells sexual services cannot be used as justification for the denial of their fundamental rights, to which all human beings are entitled. You Must Know About Me is a first-hand account of sex workers' experiences and aspirations off and on the streets. While dealing with harassment and violence from clients, pimps,and the police, sex workers strive to counter hostile public attitudes by speaking out and fighting for their rights. The video calls for zero tolerance of violence against sex workers and the coordinated response of institutions to the actual needs of sex workers.
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