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Videos on Women's and Gender Studies: Women, International

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes in the Rutgers Libraries

International Women DVDs

3 women 2004, 1977

"In a dusty, under-populated California resort town, Pinky Rose, a naive and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendent. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse Millie, a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of sophisticated ladies magazines. But Pinky's hero-worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than could be imagined."--Container. 1 videodisc (124 min.)

MEDIA 10-4317

 

Abuelas grandmothers on a mission 2012

"In 1985, the film LAS MADRES: THE MOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO profiled the Argentinian mothers' movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 'disappeared' sons and daughters. Now three decades later, Argentina's courageous Grandmothers, or 'Abuelas', have been searching for their grandchildren: the children of their sons and daughters who disappeared during Argentina's 'dirty war.' The women in ABUELAS are seeking answers about their children that nobody else will give, answers about a generation that survived, but were kidnapped and relocated to families linked with the regime that murdered their parents.  Argentine filmmaker Noemi Weis beautifully documents the grandmothers' painstaking work and its results - dramatic, inspiring and sometimes controversial, as the women make contact with grandchildren who have grown up living lies created by their adoptive parents. Their tireless work continues today: the justice they are seeking for their children's murder, their drive to find their grandchildren, and their international status speaking out for family reunification." -- WMM website. 1 videodisc (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-5629

 

Africa mķa c2002

Bernardo Morillo, Eduardo Fernįndez, Morillo-Zeitlyn Productions, and National Film Network

In the late 1990s, twelve Afro Latina women, originally from La Concepcion, a small village in northern Ecuador, migrated with their children to the city of Quito. Lured by the prospect of prosperity, they instead encountered indifference and hostility. To be Black, Latina, and single female in Quito meant ostracism. Because of racial discrimination, it was impossible for these women to find a place to live. Refusing to idly accept their fates or return to La Concepcion, the women undertook the grueling task of building their own homes. While their babies played in the nearby dirt, these women endured back-breaking labor -- from digging ditches to hauling heavy materials -- to achieve their goal. Africa mia is a compelling testament to a handful of outcast women committed to live independently -- women determined not only to survive, but to create a community for themselves, and more importantly, to guarantee the livelihood of their children. 1 videodisc (45 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3506

 

Ard al-nisa' Women beyond borders 2004

Yusuf Shahin, Mai Masri, Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Jean Khalil Chamoun, Kifah Afifi, Toufic Farroukh, Misr International Films, Nour Productions, Ognon Pictures, Zentropa Entertainments (Firm), Fils Chafic Fathallah (Firm), and Arab Film Distribution

Lebanese revolutionary Kifah Afifi fought the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon in the late 1980s, culminating in her arrest for an armed attack on a private home in Kfar Kila. She was imprisoned for several years thereafter in the Khiam detention facility, run by the pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army. Afifi describes her experiences in prison, and also briefly reflects on her ideological role models and current life as a mainstream political activist. 1 videodisc (59 min.)

MEDIA 10-4179

 

Audre Lorde the Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992 2012

Audre Lorde's incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the US-American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and Women-of-Color movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Audre Lorde, the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, documents an untold chapter of Lorde's life: her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change. The film explores the importance of Lorde's legacy, as she encouraged Afro-Germans -- who, at that time, had no name or space for themselves -- to make themselves visible within a culture that until then had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde's empowerment of Afro-German women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde's ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz's personal archival video- and audio-recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda -- to rouse Afro-Germans to recognize each other. 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing. 1 videodisc (79 min.)

MEDIA 10-3893

 

Awakening c2006

Joel Weber, Dominic Howes, Aaron Kipnis, Julie Nylander, Mary Lobo, Rikshaw Films, and Choices, Inc

"Documents the social and economic empowerment of women in Afghanistan and India whose roles have traditionally been restricted by their cultures. Awakened to new possibilities through education and access to micro-loans these women are redefining their roles in society. In Bihar, India's poorest state, Sister Mary Lobo organizes village women into groups where they learn to save small sums and invest their capital as a group. In Afghanistan, the nation's first woman-led micro-finance institution believes the nation's long-term success is dependent on women's economic freedom. What is emerging in both societies is a new economic system based on alternative values such as sharing and collaboration, where people band together to become more self-sufficient" -- Container. 1 videodisc (47 min.)

MEDIA 10-2144

 

Bastards "Documents one woman's fight to have her sham marriage recognized and her daughter legitimized by the Moroccan judical system. It is also a complex and compelling portrait of Moroccan society and its attitudes to women, female sexuality, their position in society and access to education. Through Rabha's story, the Moroccan judicial system is laid open and the contemporary issues facing Islamic women are exposed as they seek to reconcile their desire for increased independence with religious and family traditions"--Container. 1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.)

MEDIA 10-5267

 

Becoming a woman in Okrika 1990

Judith Illsley Gleason and Elisa Mereghetti Tesser

Documents an extraordinary coming of age ritual in a village in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, suggesting the conflict Third World women face between traditions and the values of the modern world. The rite, called Iria, consists of elaborately painting the young women's bodies with beautiful designs ; subjecting their bodies to public scrutiny by the elder women ; methodically fattening them ; and teaching them the responsibilities of womanhood. After an elaborate celebration, they run a race pursued by young men and their leader, representing a mythological personage who is armed with sticks. By passing through this rite, the women let go of girlish fantasies and prepare for childbearing. 1 videocassette (27 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 10-3680            946 2-3853

 

Becoming Elsa 2009

"Elsa Leo-Rhynie retired from the University of the West Indies at Mona, Kingston Jamaica as Principal of this campus. This film traces her life as Jamaican born woman who was committed to teaching and to the value of education, a scholar and friend who inspired a tremendous respect among those with whom she worked, among the members of her family and close friends." --Container. 1 videodisc (19 min.)

MEDIA 10-3988

 

Blossoms of fire c2006

Maureen Gosling, Ellen Osborne, Intrépidas Productions, New Yorker Films, and New Yorker Video (Firm)

The beauty and strength of the women of the Juchitán have inspired legends and songs for centuries, as well as recent tabloid stories of male harems and free love. Separate fact from folklore and sensationalism from sociology. 1 videodisc (ca. 74 min.)

MEDIA 10-1011

 

Calling the shots 2007

Agnčs Varda, Jeanne Moreau, Joan Tewkesbury, Penelope Spheeris, Margot Kidder, Sandy Wilson, Susan Seidelman, Lizzie Borden, Lee Grant, Holly Dale, Janis Cole, Women In Cinema, Inc, Direct Cinema Ltd, and Spectrum Films (Firm : Carlsbad, Calif.)

A feature-length documentary focusing on the accomplishments of women in front of and behind the camera -- contemporary women who are directing feature films throughout the world today. Employing film clips and candid interviews with contemporary directors, producers, screenwriters and actresses, Calling the Shots shows the diversity of films being made by women today, the power structure of the industry and the women who hold such power. The film not only addresses and explores the unique contribution of women to film, but illuminates the personal side of these women's accomplishments. 1 videodisc (119 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3687

 

Children of blessing c2007

Xueqin Jiang, Journeyman Pictures (Firm), Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Universities Service Centre for China Studies

Professor Teng Xing is a Beijing-based anthropologist and former Fulbright scholar at UC Berkeley. He has studied the Lahu for over twenty years, and believes the best way to modernize the Lahu is to teach their daughters Chinese so they can enter mainstream Chinese society and lead their people forward. In 2001 with Ford Foundation support Teng Xing built a boarding school for 46 girls in the Lahu hills. 1 videodisc (47 min.)

MEDIA 10-1179

 

Dadi's family 2010

Michael Camerini, Rina Gill, James MacDonald, Public Broadcasting Associates, Worldview Productions, and Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Presents an intimate portrait of several generations of women in  a village family in India. Focuses on a grandmother in a Jat farm family in Haryana, and gives her viewpoint as well as those of her daughters-in-law. Tells how they perceive their various roles, enjoy the benefits of family life, and cope with family crises and with changing society at large. 1 videodisc (59 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3225

 

Dardashah nisa'iyah 2004

Yusuf Shahin, Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Halah Jalal, Misr International Films, Ognon Pictures, Zentropa Entertainments (Firm), Fils Chafic Fathallah (Firm), and Arab Film Distribution

This film studies the evolution of Egyptian society from the early 20th century to today, focusing on the status of women as experienced by several generations within the same family. The women discuss the intergenerational changes that have affected fashion, politics and courtship as well as society's role for women in general. 1 videodisc (55 min.)

MEDIA 10-4181

 

Dom© stica = Housemaids Footage of housemaids filmed by seven adolescents over the course of one week at the behest of director Gabriel Mascaro tells the story of Brazilian housemaids, their working lives and their relationships with the families that employ them. 1 videodisc (approximately 76 min.)

MEDIA 10-5600

 

Dumu` al-Shaykhat 2004

"The female Moroccan musicians known as sheikhates sing about the realities of life -- about the land, nature, wars, mountains, crises and, of course, they sing about love. In short, their music represents the heritage of Morocco. Director Ali Essafi offers a marvelous portrait of the daily lives of these regional folk singers, exploring how their music has evolved over the years -- along with society's acceptance of the women who perform this music in public"--Container. 1 videodisc (55 min.)

MEDIA 10-4180

 

El-benate dol a film 2006

Tahani Rached, Karim Gamal El-Dine, Studio Masr (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. 1 videodisc (ca. 68 min.)

MEDIA 10-975

 

El mara'a shaga'a Femme courage : Louisa Ighilahriz 2003

A biography of Louisette Ighilahriz, a young woman who joined the Algerian national liberation movement after her father was seized by French colonial authorities in the mid-1950s. Ighilahriz searches for "Commander Richaud", a French military doctor who liberated her from the group of French soldiers who were imprisoning and torturing her. She also discusses her difficulties adjusting to life after the revolution, and reflects on the state of modern Algerian society. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-4176

 

Enemies of happiness 2006

Eva Mulvad, Anja Al-Erhayem, Helle Faber, Danske filminstitut, Bastard Film, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a courageous, controversial 27-year old woman who had ignited outrage among hardliners when she spoke out against corrupt warlords at the Grand Council of tribal elders in 2003. Enemies of Happiness is revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter and the way she won the hearts of voters, as well as a snapshot of life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan"--Container. 1 videodisc (59 min.)

DANA.    MEDIA.  338           10-1290

 

Feminism Inshallah the story of Arab feminism Filmmaker and author Feriel Ben Mahmoud tracks the progress of Arab women in their long march to assert their full rights and achieve empowerment. 1 videodisc (52 min.)

MEDIA 10-5658

 

Fighting the silence 2007

During the Democratic Republic of the Congo's seven year war, more then 80,000 women and girls were raped.  "Fighting the Silence" tells the story of ordinary women and men struggling to change their society: one that prefers to blame victims rather than prosecute rapists.  Survivors tell of the brutality they experienced. Husbands talk of the pressures that led them to abandon their wives. A father explains why he has given up on his daughter's future. Soldiers and policemen share their shocking views about why rape continues to flourish in the Congo despite the war having officially ended four years ago. 1 videodisc (ca. 53 min.)

MEDIA 10-5650

 

Finding Dawn c2006

Christine Welsh, Svend-Erik Eriksen, National Film Board of Canada, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Finding Dawn gets its title from Dawn Crey, one of the estimated 500 Canadian Native women who have gone missing or have been murdered in the last thirty years. Illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in Canada and presents the message that stopping that violence is everyone's responsibility. 1 videodisc (73 min.)

MEDIA 10-1565

 

Forbidden voices "Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani S©Lnchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women stand for a new networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly - putting their lives at great risk. Barbara Miller's film Forbidden Voices accompanies these brave young rebels on their dangerous journey and traces their use of social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to denounce and combat the violations of human rights and freedom of speech in their countries - thereby triggering international resonance by building up enormous political pressure. Time Magazine counts them among the world's most influential voices. Based on their moving eyewitness reports and clandestine footage, Forbidden Voices pays homage to their courageous battle"--Container. 1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.)

MEDIA 10-5459

 

Four women of Egypt 2006?

Tahani Rached, Eric Michel, Safynaz Kazem, Wedad Mitry, Shahenda Maklad, Amina Rachid, Jean Derome, Elixir Productions, National Film Board of Canada, French Program, National Film Board of Canada, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Four Egyptian women have the same goals--human diginity and social justice--but each adopts an approach radically different from the others. Muslim, Christian, Jewish or non-religious, their visions of society range from wanting a secular or socialist state to an Islamic one. These friends, deeply committed, argue openly, without ever breaking the bond that unites them. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-4290

 

Girl rising A documentary describing the education of nine girls from nine developing countries. 1 videodisc (103 min.)

MEDIA 10-5416

 

The glass house 2008

"The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you've seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls"--Www.fictionvillestudio.com. 1 videodisc (93 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3735

 

Grace, Milly, Lucy child soldiers c2010

Raymonde Provencher,  National Film Board of Canada, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

In Uganda, more than 30,000 children have been abducted by rebel troops over the past 20 years and forced into armed conflict. Many of these child soldiers are girls. When they return from captivity, the girls struggle to be accepted in their communities and make their voices heard. 1 videodisc (52 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2950

 

Harf hayat ra panhan kan c2006

Bihnam Bihzadi

Documentary of two young Iranian sisters who share their lives, fears, and dreams with filmmaker Behzadi.  Both girls would like to wait until their 20's for marriage so that they may complete their education.  Their father  will allow them to continue their education only until a suitor comes along.  He will then force the girls into marriage. 1 videodisc (27 min.)

MEDIA 10-123

 

Herdswoman 2008

Kine Boman, Bo Harringer, Filmateljaen (Firm), and Filmakers Library, inc

Portrays three Sami women of different generations as they follow the reindeer herds of Lapland. Their stories reflect the transition from a nomadic existence to modern life. A court case questions the ancient rights to the reindeers' pasture puts their life as reindeer keepers at risk. 1 videodisc (58 min.)

MEDIA 10-1689

 

In Gandhi's footsteps Kiran Bedi's humanitarian revolution 2006

Øystein Rakkenes, MPower Pictures, and Filmakers Library, inc

Profile of India's first female police officer and reformer, Kiran Bedi. Throughout her career, Bedi has played a vital role in law enforcement reform by promoting non-violence and supporting a police force that is more proactive in tackling India's crime problems by reaching out to at-risk communities. 1 videodisc (50 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2845

 

In women's hands the changing roles of women c1993

Rachel Field, Juan Mandelbaum, Raul Julia, WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), and Channel Four (Great Britain)

This program focuses on the women of Chile and how political and social changes since the 1970's have changed the traditional role of women. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-3537

 

`Indama tughanni al-mar'ah Quand la femme chante = When a woman sings 2004

Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Mustafá Hasnawi, Umm Kulthum, Munirah Mahdiyah, Misr International Films, and Arab Film Distribution

"When a woman sings is volume seven in the Women pioneers collection, a film series exploring the impact that a number of remarkable women have made on the Arab world in a variety of fields throughout the early part of the twentieth century ... examines the impact singers Umm Kulthum and Mounira El-Mahdeya had on Egyptian politics and society during the first half of the 20th century. Through classic film clips, interviews with musicians and scholars, and taped interviews with the two singers themselves, we learn just how far-reaching their influence was"--Container. 1 videodisc (52 min.)

MEDIA 10-1569

 

Invoking justice c2011

In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats, all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. Recognizing this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 established a women's Jamaat, which soon became a network of 12,000 members spread over 12 districts. Despite enormous resistance, they have been able to settle more than 8,000 cases to date, ranging from divorce to wife beating to brutal murders and more. 1 videodisc (85 min.)

MEDIA 10-5649

 

Isis journey c2003

Mae Quesada Medina and Isis International (Manila, Philippines)

"Highlights some of the key milestones of these three Isis sister organisations over the last thirty years"--Disc label. 1 videodisc (29 min.)

MEDIA 10-488

 

It's a girl 2012

"In India and China, where sons are valued and daughters are burdens, millions of babies are killed, abandoned or selectively aborted, simply because they are girls. The result of longstanding traditions and governmental policies, this devaluation of females has led to rampant violence against women and a growing female "gendercide." The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice."--Container. 1 videodisc (63 min.)

MEDIA 10-4488

 

Keep her under control law's patriarchy in India 1998

Erin Moore and Berkeley Media

"This provocative documentary, which explores the role of women in a Muslim-dominated village in Rajasthan, in northern India, is original, compelling, and instructive, and it is sure to stimulate discussion and analysis in any course that studies gender roles, Islam, India, or cultural anthropology. The film focuses on the dramatic story of a woman, named Hurmuti, who refuses to live by the moral and legal codes of the village's Islamic patriarchy. Hurmuti is the eldest wife in an extended family, but she has had a long-term -- and well-known -- affair with another man in the village. The film examines her conflicts with her extended family and with the all-male Islamic Village Council over her own conduct and over her insistence on the right to arrange the marriages of her pre-pubescent daughters"--www.berkeleymedia.com. 1 videodisc (56 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2945

 

Keten van liefde Chain of love 2001

Marije Meerman, First Run/Icarus Films, and Dix Noonan Webb

"A film about the Philippines' second largest export product-- maternal love-- and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West"--Container. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-3302    2-7212

 

The kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt 2003

Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes, Home Box Office (Firm), Cinemax (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

February 2002, in the midst of her campaign for president, Senator Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. This film follows the candidate up to the moments before her disappearance and continues to tell the riveting story of her family's desperate and continuing quest to free her and keep her campaign alive. 1 videodisc (76 min.)

MEDIA 10-1175

 

Ladies of the lake  c1998

Cristina Boavida, Paulo Cepa, Journeyman Pictures (Firm), and Filmakers Library, inc

1 videodisc (20 min.)

MEDIA 10-1885

 

Light fly, fly high 2013

"Thulasi, a young Indian woman in her twenties, is literally willing to box her way out of poverty and into a better life. A Dalit or "untouchable" born outside of caste, she rejected her place on society's lowest rung at an early age. Ten years later, despite her impressive record in the ring, Thulasi remains stuck at the bottom, deprived of opportunities she rightly deserves."--Container. 1 videodisc (80 min.)

MEDIA. RU-ONLINE 10-5654 10-5654

 

The light in her eyes 2012

Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix, Houda Al-Habash, Clockshop (Organization), Felt Films (Firm), and Cinema Guild

Shot on the eve of the Syrian uprising, this film profiles Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher who founded one of the first religious schools for girls in Syria thirty years ago, insisting that education for women is a form of worship that can challenge extremism. It provides insight into the women's mosque movement, a piety movement that calls for greater freedom for women and encourages them to claim space within the mosque while challenging roles of girls, women and Islam in the Middle East. 1 videodisc (85 min.)

MEDIA 10-4166

 

Malalai 2006?

Polly Hyman and Filmakers Library, inc

In the dangerous, male-oriented world of Kandahar, home to drug smugglers and terrorists, a policewoman, Malalai Kakar is blazing the way for women. 1 videodisc (42 min.)

MEDIA 10-1771

 

Mammy water 2010?

A portrait of a fishing village, Shama, Ghana, on the Gulf of Guinea, as filmed in 1953 and 1954. The success of the fishermen is governed by water spirits ("Mammy water") which are honored with ceremonies and offerings to the sea. 1 videodisc (18 min.)

MEDIA 10-5293

 

Mothers Day in Cuetzalan Panchita, the weaver 2005?

Judith Illsley Gleason and Filmakers Library, inc

Documentary following the life of Panchita, a Mexican woman whose skill as a weaver has kept her family together through difficult economic times. She also shows the determination of maintaining her Nahua cultural practices and identity in the face of racism. 1 videodisc (ca. 59 min.)

MEDIA 10-1036

 

Nollywood lady  2008

Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima of Lagos, Nigeria is an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film industry. She is "Nollywood Lady," an ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures. And she is reshaping the way Africans see themselves--and how the world sees Africans. Sharing her vision for transforming preconceptions about Africa and African images with filmmaker Dorothee Wenner, Anyiam-Fiberesima takes viewers on an all-access tour to film locations, markets, and sit-downs with Nollywood professionals in the vibrant production hub of Lagos. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-5415

 

Out of Phoenix Bridge 2009

Hong Li and Women Make Movies (Firm)

"This groundbreaking work from Li Hong, China's first independent female documentarian, follows two years in the lives of four young women from the countryside who have come to Beijing for jobs. Although they work long hours as maids or street vendors and share a tiny room no bigger than a closet, they savor these years-- between living as a daughter at home and returning to the village to marry --as probably the freest time of their lives"--Publisher's website. 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) :

MEDIA 10- 2272

 

Outlawed in Pakistan 2013

The story of Kainat Soomro, a thirteen year old girl, who had accused four men of gang raping her. In hopes of getting justice she goes to the court system, but is ordered to be killed instead of getting justice. 1 videodisc (56 min.)

MEDIA 10-4726

 

Les passionnées du cinéma Aziza Amir, Fatma Roushdi, Behidja Hafez 2002?

A look at the achievements of three women filmmakers active in the Egyptian film industry of the 1920s and 1930s: actress & filmmaker Aziza Amir, actress Fatma Roushdi, and actress & filmmaker Bahidja Hafez. 1 videodisc (59 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3795

 

Les passionnées du cinéma Amina Mohamed, Assia et Marie Queenie 2002?

A look at the achievements of three women filmmakers active in the Egyptian film industry of the 1930s through the 1960s: actress & filmmaker Amina Mohamed, actress & filmmaker Assia Dagher, and actress & filmmaker Marie Queenie. 1 videodisc (55 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3796

 

Poto mitan Haitian women, pillars of the global economy c2009

Renée Bergan, Mark Schuller, Edwidge Danticat, Tčt Ansanm Productions, Renegade Films, University of California, Santa Barbara, Center for Black Studies Research, and Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

"Told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, POTO MITAN gives the global economy a human face. Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti.  And while POTO MITAN offers an in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women's subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates that these are global struggles" -- Container. 1 videodisc (50 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2306

 

Pray the Devil back to hell 2008

Abigail E Disney, Gini Reticker, Johanna Hamilton, Sara Lukinson, Blake Leyh, Angelique Kidjo, Fork Films, Roco Films Educational (Firm), Columbia University, and Teachers College

Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a  bloody civil war, violent warlords and a corrupt Charles Taylor regime. Includes interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country. 1 videodisc

DANA. MEDIA 435 10-1537

 

Red wedding 2012

The Killing Fields in Cambodia became known to the world but little is known about the struggles of the women left behind. From 1975-79, Pol Pot's campaign to increase the population forced at least 250,000 young Cambodian women to marry Khmer Rouge soldiers they had never met before. Sochan Pen was one of them. At 16, she was beaten and raped by her husband before managing to escape, though deeply scarred by her experience. After 30 years of silence, Sochan is ready to file a complaint with the international tribunal that will try former Khmer leaders. With quiet dignity, she starts demanding answers from those who carried out the regime's orders. 1 videodisc (58 min.)

MEDIA 10-5653

 

Rights & wrongs the story of women in Islam 2012

Corine Huq, Mohammad Dasthi, Natasha Marco , Gary Mahmoud, Papillon Productions, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

For centuries the Qu'ran has been interpreted by men to suppress women, but in fact when it was written it represented an enlightened approach to women. 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 Qu'ran 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 his women, and issues facing women in Islam today--from wearing of the veil, to praying in the mosque, and attitudes towards domestic violence and honor killings. 1 videodisc (135 min.)

MEDIA 10-4137

 

Ruzigari ma Our times 2005

Documenting events surrounding the 2001 Iranian presidential election, director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad works with two groups of women, one old and one young, to contrast divergent political attitudes across the generation gap. At one end of this spectrum is the director's daughter and a group of her friends who form a committee to support the incumbent, President Khatami. On the other end is a group of forty-eight older women running for office on a reform party ticket, despite being thrown off the ballot by an all-male government. The two stories are linked by the story of Arezoo Bayat and her daughter who are simply trying to scratch out a living amid the headier issue of the elections. 1 videodisc (75 min.)

MEDIA 10-4040

 

Sacrifice 2005?

Ellen Bruno, Hseng Noung Lintner, Yiga Josayma, and Film Library (Firm)

Each year thousands of girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in brothels in Thailand where they are held for years in debt bondage. The trafficking of Burmese girls is a direct result of political repression in Burma. Human rights abuses, war, and ethnic discrimination have displaced thousands of families leaving them with no means of livelihood. This film, through interviews with the girls, examines the social, cultural and economic forces at work in the trafficking of these Burmese girls. 1 videodisc (47 min.)

MEDIA 10-4101

 

Salma 2013

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma's salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet. Only then can she take the first step to discovering her freedom and challenge the traditions and code of conduct in her village. Master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma's extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses upon her return to her home village, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly. The film shows why the goal of global education of girls is one of the most critical areas of empowerment and development of women worldwide. 1 videodisc (89 min.)

MEDIA 10-5651

 

The sari soldiers 2008

Julie Bridgham, Butter Lamp Films, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Documentary that follows six Nepalese women on the forefront of the civil war in Nepal and the escalating instability and violence that is engulfing the country. Over the course of a year, the film follows these women on the different sides of the conflict and witnesses the challenges they face as women taking such a strong role in a male dominated society, and why they are willing to risk their lives to make a difference in Nepal. 1 videodisc (93 min.)

MEDIA 10-1318

 

Saudi solutions c2006

Bregtje M Van der Haak, VPRO Backlight (Firm), and First Run/Icarus Films

Profiles several professional Saudi women in order to understand what it means to be a modern woman in a fundamentalist Islamic society. 1 videodisc (77 min.)

MEDIA 10-1292

 

Shewrite 2005

Documentary weaves together the narratives and work of four young Tamil women poets, and offers insight into the lives of women who write about sexuality. The film traverses diverse modes of resistance, through images and sounds that evoke the universal experiences of pain, anger, desire and transcendence. 1 videodisc (55 min.)

MEDIA 10-3910

 

Si-Gueriki, la reine-maere Queen mother 2003

Idrissou Mora Kpaei,  Jean-Marie Taeno, California Newsreel (Firm), and Films du Raphia (France)

Documentary intended as a tribute to the filmmaker's late father, a member of the nobility of the Borgu people of northern Benin.  In the course of his investigations, director Idrissou Mora Kpai discovers the lives of his mother and sisters which had previously been invisible to him and decides to make a film about them instead.  Mora Kpai's ignorance of women's lives results from Borgu Child-rearing practices.  Boys are removed from their mothers at an early age and spend all their time with the men of the tribe. 1 videodisc (62 min.)

MEDIA 10-1835

 

Silence broken Korean comfort women 200-?

Korean comfort women, who were forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, discuss their experiences.  Also includes interviews with Japanese soldiers and recruiters and commentary by historians. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-5607

 

Singing pictures women painters of Naya 2007

Lina Fruzzetti, Įkos Östör, and Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Documentary about an organized group of women scroll painters from the village of Naya, India, chronicling their lives and how they are adapting their art to reflect current social issues as well as traditional themes addressed in their scrolls.  The women discuss the social, political and religious issues that inform their art and influence their daily lives, and how they are responding to the changing conditions in their communities. 1 videodisc (40 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3476

 

Sisters and daughters betrayed the trafficking of women and girls and the fight to end it 1995

Sex trafficking is a global crisis of growing dimensions. Millions of women and young girls have been illegally transported from rural to urban areas and across national borders for the purpose of prostitution. This documentary explores the social and economic forces that drive this lucrative underground trade, and the devastating impact it has on women's lives. 1 videodisc (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-5422

 

Sisters of Ladakh c2003

Ricardo Lobo, Stephen Whitehouse, Lobo Docs (Firm), and Newsreel (Firm)

Examines the daily life of Buddhist nuns in a convent in Ladakh, on the Himalayan border between Tibet and India. Includes interviews with many of the nuns on Buddhism, and the role of women in society. 1 videodisc (52 min.)

MEDIA 10-2067

 

Sisters of the screen African women in the cinema 2002

Interviews of thirty-five women filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora, interspersed with clips from their films. 1 videodisc (73 min.)

MEDIA 10-5456

 

Six days three activists, three wars, one dream 2013

"Follows three brave human rights defenders in Liberia, Abkhazia, Georgia and Iraq over six days, gives insights into the everyday struggle to improve the situation of women worldwide. It shines a necessary light on some of the most urgent and important human rights issues facing women today: girls education, honor killings, bride kidnappings, and women's health issues. 1 videodisc (56 min.)

MEDIA 10-5096

 

Taking root the vision of Wangari Maathai c2008

Lisa Merton, Alan Dater, Jim Klein, Mary Lampson, Tom Haneke, Samite, Independent Television Service, and Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy--a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. 1 videodisc (223 min.)

MEDIA 10-2088

 

Through Chinese women's eyes 1997

Mayfair Mei-hui Yang and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Presents the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. Documents the attempts to erase gender differences under Mao, today's changing ideas of femininity, and the crystalization of Chinese feminism at the UN Women's conference in Beijing. 1 videodisc (52 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3660

 

Tinku kamayu reunidas para trabajar 2008

Mabel Maio, MG Producciones Documentales, and Newsreel (Firm)

"This inspiring documentary tells the story of a group of indigenous women who responded to Argentina's economic crisis by rediscovering the ancestral traditional of spinning and weaving wool. They call themselves 'Tinku Kamayu,' which means in the Quechua language 'working together.'"--Third World Newsreel website. 1 videodisc (30 min.)

MEDIA 10-1564

 

To see if I'm smiling 2007?

Tamar Yarom, Jonathan Bar-Giora, First Hand Films (Firm), Noga Communications, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

"Explores the darker side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the testimonies of six female soldiers [in the Israel Defense Forces] about their compulsory military service [in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip].  At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this film explores the ways that gender, ethics and moral responsibility intersect during war" -- Container. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-1977

 

Veiled voices c2010

Sarah Hassaine, Karen Bauer, Brigid Maher, Paul A Oehlers, Tiny Leaps Productions (Firm), American University (Washington, D.C.), School of Communication, Typecast Films (Firm), and Arab Film Distribution

"Women in the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women--in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt"--Container. 1 videodisc (59 min.)

MEDIA 10-1728

 

View from a grain of sand three women, three wars : stories of survival from Afghanistan c2006

Meena Nanji, Amie S Williams, Andrew Hagan , Ecesis Films, and New Day Films

Shot over a three-year period in the refugee camps of north-western Pakistan and in the war-torn city of Kabul, three women's personal stories are portrayed within the larger context of international interference, war, and the rise of religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan. 1 videodisc (82 min.)

MEDIA 10-1414

 

Weapon of war confession of rape in Congo c2009

"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."-- Women Make Movies web site. 1 videodisc (59 min.)

MEDIA 10-5668

 

Women behind the camera 2007

Alexis Krasilovsky, From the Heart Productions, and Rafael Film (Firm)

This global feature reveals camerawomen's struggles to survive the odds in Hollywood, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries in a way that has never been done before -- Container. 2 videodiscs (90 min each)

MEDIA 10-1661

 

Women of Islam veiling and seclusion  2004

Farheen Umar, Syed Uamr, Clint Burkett, and Arab Film Distribution

"During times of conflict with Islamic regimes, such as the recent war in Afghanistan, Western journalists and politicians tend to use the burqua (or veil) worn by some Muslim women as symbol of oppression.  They seem to suggest that once these women have been freed from oppressive Islamic rule, they will immediately cast off their veils and rejoice in wearing the latest fashions of the West. In reality, this has not been the case. In Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion, director Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the USA to talk with Muslim women and challenge the assumptions about the practice of wearing veils. This landmark documentary explores the origins of these stereotypes and confrots misconceptions about the tradition of covering in Muslim society"--Container. 1 videodisc (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-421

 

Women of the Sahel 200-?

Paolo Quaregna, Souleymane Mahamane, Solera Films, and First Run/Icarus Films

Documentary recording a visit with women of Niger's informal sector as they make peanut oil, extract salt from earth, and turn gypsum into plaster. The film introduces the craftswomen who create marvelously decorated pottery, beautifully woven straw mats, and intricate leather work; all this is done in the hope of earning a few dollars per week. 1 videodisc (50 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3416

 

Women on screen understanding Korean society and women through films 247 pages

MEDIA 10-4550

 

Women, war & peace  STREAMING ONLINE -- add links  from HERE  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/#1 c2011

Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis, Alfre Woodard, Nina Chaudry, Abigail E Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker, Claudia Rizzi, Oriana Zill De Granados, Peter Bull,  PBS Distribution (Firm), WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), Fork Films, and Independent Television Service

Challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain and reveals the central role of women in the quest for peace and justice in modern warfare. 2 videodiscs (220 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3014

 

Xiaoxi Small happiness : women of a Chinese village 198-?

A look at women's lives in China, their loves and marriages, methods of childbearing and birth control, familial relationships, work and attitudes towards ancient customs such as footbinding. Although the film is presented as a study of the women of "Long Bow Village, " this is actually a fictitious name. The film is really a composite study of the lives of women in Hopeh Province, an area some 400 miles southwest of Peking. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-5620

 

Zero patience 2005

"John Greyson has woven a tall tale of love and loss, sex and science, history and hysteria in the age of AIDS. Greyson revives renowned Victorian Sir Richard Burton who constructs a sensationalist multimedia museum display focusing on Patient Zero, the gay French-Canadian flight attendant accused of bringing AIDS to North America"--Container. 1 videodisc (101 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3809

 

Women, International

Afghanistan through women's eyes 2001

This video offers an intimate portrait of Afghanistan's silenced women as we see the conflict and history in Afghanistan through their eyes. 1 videocassette (20 min.) :

MEDIA 2-6118

 

Arab diaries: Episode 2: Youth c2000

Deborah Davies, Daoud Kuttab, Ilan Ziv, Tamouz Media, and First Run/Icarus Films

Looks at the dilemmas of four young women striving for their independence and empowerment in Algeria, Egypt, and Lebanon. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

MEDIA 2-6729

 

Asante market women 2005

Claudia Milne, Miriam Margolyes, Granada Television International, and Filmakers Library, inc

An examination of the life-style of the Asante women of Ghana in the Kumani. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-7524

 

Blossoms of fire c2006

Maureen Gosling, Ellen Osborne, Intrépidas Productions, New Yorker Films, and New Yorker Video (Firm)

The beauty and strength of the women of the Juchitán have inspired legends and songs for centuries, as well as recent tabloid stories of male harems and free love. Separate fact from folklore and sensationalism from sociology. 1 videodisc (ca. 74 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1011

 

Children of blessing c2007

Xueqin Jiang, Journeyman Pictures (Firm), Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Universities Service Centre for China Studies

Professor Teng Xing is a Beijing-based anthropologist and former Fulbright scholar at UC Berkeley. He has studied the Lahu for over twenty years, and believes the best way to modernize the Lahu is to teach their daughters Chinese so they can enter mainstream Chinese society and lead their people forward. In 2001 with Ford Foundation support Teng Xing built a boarding school for 46 girls in the Lahu hills. 1 videodisc (47 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1179

 

Cuba paradox found  2001

Holly Morris and Jeannie Morris

Holly Morris hitches across the island country of Cuba, and explores the culture with "divavision'. 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) :

MEDIA 2-5822

 

La cueca sola c2003

Marilú Mallet, Margaux Ouimet, Yves Bisaillon, Films de l'atalante (Firm), National Film Board of Canada, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

"On September 11, 1973, a military coup in Chile brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of men were taken from their homes never to return. Since that time, Chilean women have danced the country's traditional courtship dance alone. After 30 years in exile, filmmaker Marilu Mallet returns to Santiago to tell the story of five women who suffered under the dictatorship and have emerged as heroes under democracy. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-6933

 

Les deux vies d' Eva The two lives of Eva c2005

Esther Hoffenberg, Emmanuelle Koenig, First Run/Icarus Films, Films du Poisson (Firm), ARTE France, and Lapsus (Firm)

Through interviews and archival documents, documentary filmmaker Esther Hoffenberg explores her mother Eva's life as a young woman in Poland and Germany during World War II. Eva's family accepted German citizenship and her father collaborated with the Nazis to maintain his business. After the war, Eva emigrated to France and was disinherited by her father for marrying a Jewish man. She suffered a series of mental breakdowns beginning in the 1970s. 1 videocassette (85 min.) :

MEDIA 2-7769

 

Doing the right thing 2001

Hilary Sandison and Rachel Atkins

Porto Alegre  was once an ordinary, dirty, Brazilian port city. Through a direct democracy program transformation has taken place. This program traces the experiences of two women, both born in poor slum areas, who have risen through this program as neighborhood leaders. "S0024"--Pasted label on container. 1 videocassette (28 min.) :

MEDIA 2-5910

 

El-benate dol a film 2006

Tahani Rached, Karim Gamal El-Dine, Studio Masr (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. 1 videodisc (ca. 68 min.) :

MEDIA 10-975

 

Enemies of happiness 2006

Eva Mulvad, Anja Al-Erhayem, Helle Faber, Danske filminstitut, Bastard Film, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a courageous, controversial 27-year old woman who had ignited outrage among hardliners when she spoke out against corrupt warlords at the Grand Council of tribal elders in 2003. Enemies of Happiness is revelatory portrait of this extraordinary freedom fighter and the way she won the hearts of voters, as well as a snapshot of life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan"--Container. 1 videodisc (59 min.) :

DANA.    MEDIA.  338           10-1290

 

Fearless stories from Asian women 2003

Peter Du Cane, Mathew Kelley, Samantha Kelley, Rachel Ward, Film Australia (Organization), Mask Productions, SBS Independent, and Filmakers Library, inc

A study of three women who are fighting for social justice, both in their homelands and in exile. 3 videocassettes (ca. 78 min.)

 MEDIA 2-6542  2-6544

 

Finding Dawn c2006

Christine Welsh, Svend-Erik Eriksen, National Film Board of Canada, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Finding Dawn gets its title from Dawn Crey, one of the estimated 500 Canadian Native women who have gone missing or have been murdered in the last thirty years. Illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in Canada and presents the message that stopping that violence is everyone's responsibility. 1 videodisc (73 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1565

 

For a place under the heavens 2003

Sabiha Sumar, Sachithanandam Sathananthan, Philippe Avril, VIDHI Films/Unlimited, Arte (Firm), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Images Plus (Firm), Karaba Productions, Yleisradio Oy, TV1 (Television station : Johannesburg, South Africa), Radio Canada International, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Beginning with the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Sumar traces the relationship of Islam to the state in an effort to understand how women are coping with and surviving the increasing religiosity of civil and political life in her country. 1 videocassette (53 min.)

MEDIA 2-7335

 

Haram Yemen, the hidden half speaks 2003

Fibi Kraus, Gudrun Torrubia, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Yemeni women speak abouth breaking societal taboos and fighting for economic independence and self-sufficiency. 1 videocassette (62 min.)

MEDIA 2-6932

 

Harf hayat ra panhan kan c2006

Bihnam Bihzadi

Documentary of two young Iranian sisters who share their lives, fears, and dreams with filmmaker Behzadi.  Both girls would like to wait until their 20's for marriage so that they may complete their education.  Their father  will allow them to continue their education only until a suitor comes along.  He will then force the girls into marriage. 1 videodisc (27 min.)

MEDIA 10-123

 

Herdswoman 2008

Kine Boman, Bo Harringer, Filmateljaen (Firm), and Filmakers Library, inc

Portrays three Sami women of different generations as they follow the reindeer herds of Lapland. Their stories reflect the transition from a nomadic existence to modern life. A court case questions the ancient rights to the reindeers' pasture puts their life as reindeer keepers at risk. 1 videodisc (58 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1689

 

Hopes on the horizon 2001

Onyekachi Wambu, Derrick N Ashong, Sheila Curran Bernard, and Jeanette Woods

1 videocassette (115 min) :

MEDIA 2-5374

 

`Indama tughanni al-mar'ah Quand la femme chante = When a woman sings 2004

Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Mustafá Hasnawi, Umm Kulthum, Munirah Mahdiyah, Misr International Films, and Arab Film Distribution

"When a woman sings is volume seven in the Women pioneers collection, a film series exploring the impact that a number of remarkable women have made on the Arab world in a variety of fields throughout the early part of the twentieth century ... examines the impact singers Umm Kulthum and Mounira El-Mahdeya had on Egyptian politics and society during the first half of the 20th century. Through classic film clips, interviews with musicians and scholars, and taped interviews with the two singers themselves, we learn just how far-reaching their influence was"--Container. 1 videodisc (52 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1569

 

Isis journey c2003

Mae Quesada Medina and Isis International (Manila, Philippines)

"Highlights some of the key milestones of these three Isis sister organisations over the last thirty years"--Disc label. 1 videodisc (29 min.)

MEDIA 10-488

 

Keten van liefde Chain of love 2001

Marije Meerman, First Run/Icarus Films, and Dix Noonan Webb

"A film about the Philippines' second largest export product-- maternal love-- and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West"--Container. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 2-7212

 

The ladies' Zananeh 2003

Mahnaz Afzali, Hassan Purshirazi, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Filmed in a women's restroom in a park in Tehran, this film offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. The ladies' room enables the women to unveil themselves, both physically and psychologically. 1 videocassette (55 min.)

MEDIA 2-6935

 

Maid to stay c2000

Aparna Talaulicar, Newsreel (Firm), and New School University

Profiles four South Asian women who have been domestic workers in New York City. The women are unhappy in the United States and have been treated badly by their employers, but choose to remain in exploitative and abusive situations because their families in South Asia depend on them for economic support. 1 videodisc (30 min.) :

DANA 366

 

Malalai 2006?

Polly Hyman and Filmakers Library, inc

In the dangerous, male-oriented world of Kandahar, home to drug smugglers and terrorists, a policewoman, Malalai Kakar is blazing the way for women. 1 videodisc (42 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1771

 

Mama Benz & the taste of money c2002

Karin Junger, Carmen Cobos, Ryninks Films (Firm), IKON Televisie, Radio Nederland Television, and Filmakers Library, inc

A documentary on the marketing in West Africa of textiles produced by Vlisco, a Dutch company. The local market women who sell Vlisco cloth have become very wealthy and are affectionately referred to as Mama Benz because they can afford to have a chauffeured Mercedes Benz. This film focuses on the interplay between the men of Vlisco and the West African market women they depend on to sell their product. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-7207

 

Mothers Day in Cuetzalan Panchita, the weaver 2005?

Judith Illsley Gleason and Filmakers Library, inc

Documentary following the life of Panchita, a Mexican woman whose skill as a weaver has kept her family together through difficult economic times. She also shows the determination of maintaining her Nahua cultural practices and identity in the face of racism. 1 videodisc (ca. 59 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1036

 

Pray the Devil back to hell 2008

Abigail E Disney, Gini Reticker, Johanna Hamilton, Sara Lukinson, Blake Leyh, Angelique Kidjo, Fork Films, Roco Films Educational (Firm), Columbia University, and Teachers College

Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a  bloody civil war, violent warlords and a corrupt Charles Taylor regime. Includes interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country. 1 videodisc :

DANA. MEDIA 435 10-1537

 

Reinventing the Taliban? 2004

Sharmeen Obaid, Edward Robbins, Discovery Times Channel (Firm), NYT Television (Firm), Discovery Channel University, and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

This program follows Ms. Sharmeen Obaid in her travels thoughout Pakistan as she exposes inequity and injustice, particularly in regard to women, while seeking to understand why and how the Taliban's ideology is being given new life in her home country. 1 videodisc (46 min.)

DANA 243

 

The sari soldiers 2008

Julie Bridgham, Butter Lamp Films, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Documentary that follows six Nepalese women on the forefront of the civil war in Nepal and the escalating instability and violence that is engulfing the country. Over the course of a year, the film follows these women on the different sides of the conflict and witnesses the challenges they face as women taking such a strong role in a male dominated society, and why they are willing to risk their lives to make a difference in Nepal. 1 videodisc (93 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1318

 

Saudi solutions c2006

Bregtje M Van der Haak, VPRO Backlight (Firm), and First Run/Icarus Films

Profiles several professional Saudi women in order to understand what it means to be a modern woman in a fundamentalist Islamic society. 1 videodisc (77 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1292

 

Search for freedom 2003

Munizae Jahangir, mj Productions (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Traces the dramatic social and political history of Afghanistan from the 1920s to the present through the stories of four remarkable women during the Taliban regime. 1 videocassette (54 min.)

MEDIA 2-7337

 

Shackled women 2004

Keely Purdue, Films for the Humanities (Firm), and Journeyman Pictures (Firm)

Program assesses second- and third-world abuses of women's rights by the male establishment and examines how female collaboration sometimes contributes to their perpetuation. 1 videodisc (41 min.)

DANA 245

 

Shirin Neshat the woman moves c2004

Shirin Neshat, Jörg Jung, Ralf Raimo Jung, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

An acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, Iranian-born Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world and explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women's experiences. 1 videodisc (42 min.)

DANA 254

 

Si-Gueriki, la reine-maere Queen mother 2003

Idrissou Mora Kpaei,  Jean-Marie Taeno, California Newsreel (Firm), and Films du Raphia (France)

Documentary intended as a tribute to the filmmaker's late father, a member of the nobility of the Borgu people of northern Benin.  In the course of his investigations, director Idrissou Mora Kpai discovers the lives of his mother and sisters which had previously been invisible to him and decides to make a film about them instead.  Mora Kpai's ignorance of women's lives results from Borgu Child-rearing practices.  Boys are removed from their mothers at an early age and spend all their time with the men of the tribe. 1 videodisc (62 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1835

 

Silence broken Korean comfort women 2000

Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and Charles Burnett

A documentary on Korean comfort women who were forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. 1 videocassette (57 min.) :

MEDIA 2-5745

 

Sisters of the screen African women in the cinema 2002

Beti Ellerson and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Interviews of thirty-five women filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora, interspersed with clips from their films. 1 videocassette (73 min.)

MEDIA 2-6646

 

Souha, suivre a l'enfer Souha, surviving hell 2001

Souha Béchara, Randa Chahal Sabbag, Cinétévé (Firm), Leil Productions, France 3 cinéma, and Canal+Horizons

In 1989, a young Lebanese woman, Souha Bécara, tried to assassinate General Antoine Lahad and was sent to Khiam prison for ten years, where she was repeatedly tortured.  After the Israeli withdrawal, she returns to Lebanon and meets with other former prisoners. 1 videocassette (57 min.)

MEDIA 2-6326

 

Stories of women in Kabul a report 2006

Birgitta Schülke,  Hanne Schön, John Berwick, Deutsche Welle TV, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

The producers of this program were granted unlimited access to Kabul's Baghe Zanana, or Garden of Women-- perhaps the only public place in Afghanistan where men are not welcome. Here, women can gather, dance, and remove their burqas without fear of violence or alienation. In stark contrast, a women's prison is also visited. The courageous figures who inhabit these settings--including a resident therapist who conducts support groups for the frightened and the traumatized, and a cafeteria employee struggling to improve her family's living conditions--demonstrate how far Afghanistan must go to overcome its repressive and war-ravaged history. 1 videodisc (27 min.)

DANA 235

 

Tinku kamayu reunidas para trabajar 2008

Mabel Maio, MG Producciones Documentales, and Newsreel (Firm)

"This inspiring documentary tells the story of a group of indigenous women who responded to Argentina's economic crisis by rediscovering the ancestral traditional of spinning and weaving wool. They call themselves 'Tinku Kamayu,' which means in the Quechua language 'working together.'"--Third World Newsreel website. 1 videodisc (30 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1564

 

Tokyo girls c2000

Penelope Buitenhuis,  Gillian Darling Kovanic, National Film Board of Canada, University of California (System), and Extension Media Center

Filmed in Canada, Osaka and Tokyo, this is a candid journey into the world of four young Canadian women who work as well-paid hostesses in exclusive Japanese nightclubs. A cheaper version of the geisha, a hostess is hired to talk and flirt with her customers. Although she is well paid, sex is usually not part of the transaction. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-6293

 

Veiled voices c2010

Sarah Hassaine, Karen Bauer, Brigid Maher, Paul A Oehlers, Tiny Leaps Productions (Firm), American University (Washington, D.C.), School of Communication, Typecast Films (Firm), and Arab Film Distribution

"Women in the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women--in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt"--Container. 1 videodisc (59 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1728

 

View from a grain of sand three women, three wars : stories of survival from Afghanistan c2006

Meena Nanji, Amie S Williams, Andrew Hagan , Ecesis Films, and New Day Films

Shot over a three-year period in the refugee camps of north-western Pakistan and in the war-torn city of Kabul, three women's personal stories are portrayed within the larger context of international interference, war, and the rise of religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan. 1 videodisc (82 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1414

 

Western eyes 2000

Gerry Flahive and Ann Shin

Examines the search for beauty and self-acceptance through the experiences of a young Filipina and Korean woman living in Canada who both believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect the way they are perceived. Both feel unsettled in Western society and are contemplating cosmetic surgery on their eyes. Layering interviews with references to super models and other pop-culture icons of beauty, the filmmaker captures the pain that almost always lies behind the desire for plastic surgery. 1 videocassette (40 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2384

 

What in the world?: Nicaragua c2005

Ruth Meehan, Rodney Rice, Radio Telefís Éireann, KMF Productions, and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Documents recent efforts to combat domestic violence in Nicaragua where it is estimated that 29% of women have suffered rape or other physical abuse by men. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

MEDIA 2-7134

 

Women behind the camera 2007

Alexis Krasilovsky, From the Heart Productions, and Rafael Film (Firm)

This global feature reveals camerawomen's struggles to survive the odds in Hollywood, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries in a way that has never been done before -- Container. 2 videodiscs (90 min each) :

MEDIA 10-1661

 

The women of Hizbollah 2000

Maher Abi-Samra, JBA production, Arte France cinéma (Firm), and First Run/Icarus Films

This film is a portrait of two Lebanese muslim women, Zeinab and Khadije, who are activists in the Hezbollah. It examines the personal, social and political factors that undergird their commitment, presents the activities of the Islamic political party and examines its place in Beirut society and in Lebanese politics. 1 videocassette (49 min.)

MEDIA 2-6333

 

Women of Islam veiling and seclusion  2004

Farheen Umar, Syed Uamr, Clint Burkett, and Arab Film Distribution

"During times of conflict with Islamic regimes, such as the recent war in Afghanistan, Western journalists and politicians tend to use the burqua (or veil) worn by some Muslim women as symbol of oppression.  They seem to suggest that once these women have been freed from oppressive Islamic rule, they will immediately cast off their veils and rejoice in wearing the latest fashions of the West. In reality, this has not been the case. In Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion, director Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the USA to talk with Muslim women and challenge the assumptions about the practice of wearing veils. This landmark documentary explores the origins of these stereotypes and confrots misconceptions about the tradition of covering in Muslim society"--Container. 1 videodisc (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-421

 

Zinat one special day 2000

Ibrahim Mukhtari and Mahmoud Chokrollahi

To work as a nurse, Zinat became the first woman from the Island of Qeshm in the south of Iran to remove the traditional veil. A health care worker for 13 years, she eventually got involved in social and political activities. Because it is forbidden to film in public the day of an election, filmmaker Ebrahim Mokhtari shot his film inside Zinat's house, where her family and neighbors debated the role of women in Iranian society. The following day, with the elections over, Mokhtari showed the village and the daily life of its inhabitants, while Zinat presented her intentions as a newly elected representative to improve the living conditions of her fellow villagers. 1 videocassette (54 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2377

Women, International - New This Year

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