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Adynata
A film by Leslie Thornton, 1983, 30 min., Color

A formal 1861 portrait of a Chinese Mandarin and his wife is the starting point for this allegorical investigation of the fantasies spawned in the Wes...

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
A film by Yunah Hong, 2011, 56 min., Color

Anna May Wong knew she wanted to be a movie star from the time she was a young girl—and by 17 she became one. A third generation Chinese-American, she...

As the Mirror Burns
A film by Di Bretherton and Cristina Pozzan, 1990, 58 min., Color

Most representations of the Vietnam War show women as innocent by-standers who sometimes became caught up in the conflict but who were otherwise uninv...

Atomic Mom
A film by M.T. Silvia, 2011, 80 min., Color/BW

When M.T. Silvia was little, she thought it was fascinating that her mom Pauline did secret government work. But as she began to understand the ramifi...

Children of the Crocodile
A film by Marsha Emerman, 2001, 52 min., Color

This documentary tells the story of two young Timorese-Australian activists – one a high profile human rights worker, the other a performance artist a...

The Children We Sacrifice
A film by Grace Poore, 2000, 61 min., Color

Shot in India, Sri Lanka, Canada and the United States, and screened in 18 countries, this evocative, visually powerful documentary is about incestuou...

Dish
A film by Maya Gallus, 2010, 58 min., Color

Why do women bring your food at local diners, while in high-end establishments waiters are almost always men? DISH, by Maya Gallus, whose acclaimed

Dream Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1993, 50 min., Color

This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theat...

Eat the Kimono
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1989, 60 min., Color

EAT THE KIMONO is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defy...

Eternal Seed
A film by Meera Dewan, 1996, 43 min., Color

With insightful interviews and rare footage from India's agricultural industry, this keenly observed film depicts Indian women's struggles to use trad...

Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer
A film by Barbara Miller, 2012, 96 min., Color

Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dict...

The Fourth Dimension
A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha
Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 2001, 87 min., Color

Acclaimed filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha ventures into the digital realm with her stunning new feature, THE FOURTH DIMENSION, an incisive and insightful e...

Gaea Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 2000, 106 min., Color

"This fascinating film follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young wanna-be GAEA GIRLS, a group of Japan...

The Good Wife of Tokyo
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1992, 52 min., Color

“Forget those demure ladies with fragrant fans and meet the new breed of Japanese women!” — Amanda Casson, London Film Festival. Kazuko Hohki goes ba...

Heaven’s Crossroad
A film by Kimi Takesue, 2002, 35 min., Color

HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD traces an impressionistic journey through Vietnam exploring the nuances and complexities of “looking” cross-culturally. Structured ...

Helen Lee Compilation
Films by Helen Lee, Color

Helen Lee’s internationally acclaimed short films are now available for purchase in a 3-DVD set. This compilation includes SALLY’S BEAUTY SPOT (1990),...

The Hidden Story
A film by Shikha Jhingan and Ranjani Mazumdar, 1995, 58 min., Color

Its title referring both to women's hidden lives and the hidden work of creating ethnographic realities, this nuanced look at the lives of four rural ...

Highway Courtesans
A film by Mystelle Brabbee, 2005, 71 min., Color/BW

This provocative coming-of-age film chronicles the story of a bold young woman born into the Bachara community in Central India – the last hold-out of...

The Korean Wedding Chest
A film by Ulrike Ottinger, 2008, 82 min., Color

Ulrike Ottinger’s provocative mélange of ethnography, stunning tableaux and baroque vignettes was inspired by what she calls the “well-stocked miracle...

The Learning
A film by Ramona Diaz, 2011, 98 min., Color

One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, Ameri...

Made in India: A Film about Surrogacy
A film by Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha, 2010, 97 min., Color

In San Antonio, Lisa and Brian Switzer risk their savings with a Medical Tourism company promising them an affordable solution after seven years of in...

Made In Thailand
A film by Eve-Laure Moros and Linzy Emery, 1999, 30 min., Color

In Thailand, women make up 90 percent of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. This powerful, re...

The Mosuo Sisters
A film by Marlo Poras, Produced by Marlo Poras and Yu Ying Wu Chou, 2013, 80 min., Color

A tale of two sisters living in the shadow of two Chinas, this documentary by award-winning filmmaker Marlo Poras (Mai’s America; Run Granny Run) foll...

Motherland
A film by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, 2006, 41 min., Color

How do we decide where is home? Feeling increasingly isolated in her adopted homeland, accomplished documentarian Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (SILENCE BROKEN: ...

Mulberry Child
A film by Susan Morgan Cooper, 2011, 85 min., Color

Winner of the Spirit of Freedom Documentary category at the Bahamas International Film Festival, MULBERRY CHILD is an adaptation to Jian Ping's book, ...

Naked Spaces
Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1985, 135 min., Color

Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, NAKED SPACES explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (...

New Directions
A 4-part series by Joanne Burke, 1997, 145 min., 4 in series, Color

NEW DIRECTIONS is award-winning documentarian Joanne Burke's series about women's empowerment in developing countries. Each one spotlights the critic...

Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China
A film by Yue-Qing Yang, 1999, 59 min., Color

In feudal China, women, usually with bound feet, were denied educational opportunities and condemned to social isolation. But in Jian-yong county in ...

On Cannibalism
A film by Fatimah Tobing Rony, 1994, 6 min., Color

King Kong meets the family photograph in this provocative experimental video exploring the West's insatiable appetite for native bodies in museums, wo...

Out of Phoenix Bridge
A film by Li Hong, 1997, 110 min., Color

This groundbreaking work from Li Hong, China’s first independent female documentarian, follows two years in the lives of four young women from the cou...

A Place Called Home
A film by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri, 1998, 30 min., Color

Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri grew up in pre-Revolution Tehran daydreaming about an ideal life in the West. Nineteen years later, after living and working ...

Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 40 min., Color

Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the huma...

Red Wedding: Women Under the Khmer Rouge
A film by Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon, 2012, 58 min., Color

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 cam...

Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself
A film by Yvonne Welbon, 1995, 29 min., Color

REMEMBERING WEI YI-FANG, REMEMEBERING MYSELF: An Autobiography charts the influence of the filmmaker’s six-year experience as an African American woma...

Ripples of Change
A film by Nanako Kurihara, 1993, 57 min., Color

Powerful political analysis is combined with a passionate personal story in this exceptional documentary about the Japanese women’s liberation movemen...

Searching for Go-Hyang
A film by Tammy Tolle, 1998, 32 min., Color

A moving personal documentary, SEARCHING FOR GO-HYANG traces the return of twin sisters to their native Korea after a fourteen year absence. Sent awa...

Seven Hours To Burn
A film by Shanti Thakur, 1999, 9 min., Color/BW

"A visually expressive personal documentary that explores a family's history. Filmmaker Thakur mixes richly abstract filmmaking with disturbing archi...

Shinjuku Boys
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1995, 53 min., Color

From the makers of DREAM GIRLS, SHINJUKU BOYS introduces three onnabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Onnabes are women who live...

Shoot for the Contents
Co-produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1991, 101 min., Color

Reflecting on Mao’s famous saying, “Let a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend,” Trinh T. Minh-ha’s film—whose title refer...

Something Like a War
A film by Deepa Dhanraj, 1991, 52 min., Color

SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is a chilling examination of India’s family planning program from the point of view of the women who are its primary targets. It...

A Song of Ceylon
A film by Laleen Jayamanne, 1985, 51 min., Color

A formally rigorous, visually stunning study of colonialism, gender and the body. The title echoes the classic British documentary and evokes a countr...

Subrosa
A film by Helen Lee, 2000, 22 min., Color

SUBROSA traces a young woman's journey to Korea, the land of her birth, to find the mother she's never known. This exquisitely crafted drama probes th...

Surname Viet Given Name Nam
Assoc. produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1989, 108 min., Color

Of marriage and loyalty: “Daughter, she obeys her father/ Wife, she obeys her husband/ Widow, she obeys her son.” ...

Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt
A film by Kyoko Miyake, 2013, 52 min., Color

Film director Kyoko Miyake remembered Namie, a fishing village ravaged by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, as her childhood paradise. Revisitin...

A Tale of Love
A film by Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1995, 108 min., Color

Portraying the Vietnamese immigrant experience through Kieu, A TALE OF LOVE follows the quest of a woman in love with ‘Love’. The film is loosely ins...

Through Chinese Women's Eyes
A film by Mayfair Yang, 1997, 52 min., Color

"THROUGH CHINESE WOMEN'S EYES offers an insightful journey into the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. In a fascina...

Transnational Tradeswomen
A film by Vivian Price, 2006, 62 min., Color

Inspired by organizers at the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995, former construction worker Vivian Price spent years documenting the current and his...

Under Snow
A film by Ulrike Ottinger, 2011, 103 min., Color

In the Echigo region of northwestern Japan, where heavy snow blankets entire landscapes and villages for more than half the year, a distinctive way of...

Visitors of the Night
A film by An van Dienderen, 1998, 34 min., Color

The failures of the ethnographic endeavor to discover “reality” are revealed in this expository and experimental film. The narrator-ethnographer emba...

Water Children
A film by Aliona van der Horst, 2011, 75 min., Color

In this acclaimed, hauntingly beautiful film, director Aliona van der Horst follows the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she ...

Woman Being
A film by Wen-Jie Qin, 1997, 20 min., Color

In a critical examination of changing concepts of beauty and sexuality in modern China, WOMAN BEING illustrates how a flood of Western pop culture is...

New Directions: Women of Thailand
A film by Joanne Burke, 1997, 26 min., Color

In Klong Toey, Bangkok's largest slum, Duang Prateep, a foundation created and run entirely by women provides empowering choices and role models to th...

The Women’s Kingdom
A film by Xiaoli Zhou, Produced by Xiaoli Zhou & Brent E. Huffman, 2006, 22 min., Color

Keepers of one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, Mosuo women in a remote area of southwest China live beyond the strictures of mainstrea...

Writing Desire
A film by Ursula Biemann, 2000, 23 min., Color

"Ursula Biemann’s WRITING DESIRE is a video essay on the new dream screen of the Internet and how it impacts on the global circulation of women’s bodi...

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