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After Hours
A film by Jane Campion, 1984, 26 min., Color

A confronting and realistic short drama by Academy Award-winning director, Jane Campion, about sexual harassment in the office. A young office worker...

After the Montreal Massacre
A film by Gerry Rogers, 1990, 27 min., Color

On December 6, 1989, a gunman entered the engineering building at the University of Montreal and killed fourteen women. This forceful, moving document...

After the Rape
A film by Catherine Ulmer, 2008, 58 min., Color

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 yo...

Age 12
A film by Jennifer Montgomery, 1990, 22 min., Color

Unforgettable in its vivid construction of lesbian identity, AGE 12 is a riveting amalgam of forbidden desire, transgression and piercing self-recogni...

Blind Spot: Murder by Women
A film by Irving Saraf, Allie Light and Julia Hilder, 2000, 87 min., Color

Because murder by women is still relatively rare--only one out of eight murders in the United States is committed by a woman--women's own stories prov...

Breaking the Rule of Thumb
A film by Andrea K. Elovson, 1997, 35 min., Color

Combining powerful interviews with documentary footage, this timely and compelling film takes a comprehensive look at the issues still confronting bat...

Calling the Ghosts
Executive Producer: Julia Ormond
Directed by Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelincic
, 1996, 63 min., Color

An extraordinarily powerful documentary, CALLING THE GHOSTS is the first-person account of two women caught in a war where rape was as much an everyda...

Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle
A film by Pascale Obolo, 2011, 85 min., Color

An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 ...

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...

The Day You Love Me
A film by Florence Jaugey, 1999, 61 min., Color

A close-up look at the varieties and complexities of domestic violence, THE DAY YOU LOVE ME takes us into the daily life of policewomen and social wor...

Dialogues with Madwomen
A film by Allie Light, 1993, 90 min., Color

"I was always so afraid that someone would ask me (where I was when JFK was shot), and I would have to say I was in a mental institution", says direct...

Duhozanye: A Rwandan Village of Widows
A film by Karoline Frogner, 2011, 52 min., Color

During the 1994 genocidal campaign that claimed the lives of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans and committed atrocities against countless others, Daphrose...

Fighting the Silence
A film by Femke & Ilse van Velzen, 2007, 53 min., Color

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s seven year war was the deadliest ever recorded in Africa. During that time, more than 80,000 women and girls we...

Finding Dawn
A film by Christine Welsh, 2006, 73 min., Color

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ci...

God Sleeps in Rwanda
A film by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman, Narrated by Rosario Dawson, 2004, 28 min., Color

Uncovering amazing stories of hope in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, Academy Award-Nominee GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA captures the spirit of five co...

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
A film by Lisa F. Jackson, 2007, 76 min., Color

Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and the inspiration for a 2008 U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, this extr...

The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars
A film by Noga Ashkenazi, 2012, 65 min., Color

THE GREY AREA is an intimate look at women’s issues in the criminal justice system and the unique experience of studying feminism behind bars. Through...

Home Avenue
A film by Jennifer Montgomery, 1989, 17 min., Color

With commanding cinematic style, Montgomery retraces events of a night nine years ago when, between her boyfriend's dorm and her parent's house, she w...

Honoring Our Voices
A film by Judi Jeffrey, 1992, 33 min., Color

Sharing their stories about recovery and healing, six Native women of different ages and backgrounds talk about the choices they have made to overcome...

How Nice to See You Alive
A film by Lucia Murat, 1989, 100 min., Color

On March 31, 1964, a military coup overthrew the Brazilian government. Four years later, all civil rights were suspended and torture became a systema...

In Harm's Way
A film by Jan Krawitz, 1996, 27 min., Color

"For some of us there is an event in our lives after which nothing will ever be the same." IN HARM'S WAY's introductory narration sets the stage for ...

In the Name of the Family
A Film by Shelley Saywell, 2010, 60 min., Color

Schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez, sisters Amina and Sarah Said, and college student Fauzia Muhammad were all North American teenagers—and victims of premeditate...

Invoking Justice
A film by Deepa Dhanraj, 2011, 85 min., Color

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...

A Jury of Her Peers
A film by Sally Heckel, 1980, 30 min., Color

On a desolate American farm in the early 1900's, a farmer is found murdered in his sleep and his wife is jailed as the prime suspect. The highly antic...

Justice for Sale
A film by Femke & Ilse van Velzen, 2011, 84 min., Color

JUSTICE FOR SALE follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” i...

Light Fly, Fly High
A film by Susann Østigaard and Beathe Hofseth, 2013, 80 min., Color

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" bor...

Love, Honour & Disobey
A film by Faction Films, Directed by Saeeda Khanum, 2005, 61 min., Color

Domestic violence in all forms—from physical abuse to forced marriages to honour killings—continues to be frighteningly common worldwide and accepted ...

Macho
A film by Lucinda Broadbent, 2000, 26 min., Color

In 1998, Managua, Nicaragua became host to one of the most publicized and controversial cases of sexual abuse to hit modern day Latin America. At the...

Maria in Nobody's Land
A film by Marcela Zamora Chamorro, 2010, 86 min., Color

MARIA IN NOBODY'S LAND is an unprecedented and intimate look at the illegal and extremely dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the US. Doña ...

The Peacekeepers and the Women
A film by Karin Jurschick, 2003, 80 min., Color

Winner of the Arte-Documentary Award for Best German Documentary, this chilling investigation examines the booming sex-trafficking industry in Bosnia ...

Pink Saris
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2010, 96 min., Color

“A girl’s life is cruel...A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclai...

The Price of Sex
A film by Mimi Chakarova, 2011, 73 min., Color

An unprecedented and compelling inquiry, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of traf...

Pushing the Elephant
A film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel, 2010, 83 min., Color

In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiv...

Quest for Honor
A film by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, 2009, 63 min., Color

A searing and necessary documentary, QUEST FOR HONOR, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy® Award nominati...

Rate It X
Directed by Lucy Winer and Paula De Koenigsberg, 1986, 93 min., Color

What do men really think of women? This provocative, highly acclaimed documentary provides an unflinching look at sexism in America. A series of distu...

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...

Rough Aunties
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2008, 103 min., Color

Fearless, feisty and resolute, the “Rough Aunties” are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, negle...

Rule of Thumb
A film by Jill Evans Petzall, 1989, 22 min., Color

A sensitive video which explores domestic violence through the perspective of women who have left abusive relationships. Five women from different bac...

Salma
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2013, 89 min., Color

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 forcin...

Sarabah
A film by Maria Luisa Gambale & Gloria Bremer, Executive Produced by Steven Lawrence, 2011, 60 min., Color

Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change. A childhood victim of female geni...

Sari Red
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1988, 12 min., Color

Made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre, a young Indian woman killed in 1985 in a racist attack in England, SARI RED eloquently examines the effect of ...

Saving Face
A film by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 2011, 40 min., Color

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary (Short Subject), SAVING FACE is a harshly realistic view of violence against women in South Asia - a...

Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman
A film by Lourdes Portillo, 2001, 74 min., Color

SENORITA EXTRAVIADA, MISSING YOUNG WOMAN tells the haunting story of the more than 350 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Vi...

Service: When Women Come Marching Home
A film by Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter, 2012, 55 min., Color

Women make up 15 percent of today's military. That number is expected to double in 10 years. SERVICE highlights the resourcefulness of seven amazing w...

Sin by Silence
A film by Olivia Klaus, 2009, 49 min., Color

From behind prison walls, a group of extraordinary women are shattering misconceptions of domestic violence. An important film that profiles Convicted...

Sisters in Law
A film by Kim Longinotto, Co-directed by Florence Ayisi, 2005, 104 min., Color

Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 120 festivals around the world, SISTERS IN LAW is the...

These Girls
A film by Tahani Rached, 2006, 68 min., Color

Screened to audiences at the Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals, this fresh, irresistibly lively, intensely engaging documentary from widely...

3 Times Divorced
A film by Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana, 2007, 74 min., Color

How does a Palestinian woman in Israel survive an abusive husband? When Gaza-born Khitam’s abusive Arab Israeli husband divorces her and gains custody...

2 Or 3 Things But Nothing for Sure
A film by Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane C. Wagner, 1997, 12 min., Color

Acclaimed author Dorothy Allison (BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA) is profiled in this moving, inspiring film. Combining poetic imagery with powerful readings...

Update Brazil
A film by Nancy Marcotte and Colette Loumede, 1986, 15 min., Color

Brazil, like most countries, has a high incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault. Too often, institutions set up to deal with these crimes ar...

The Vienna Tribunal
A film by Gerry Rogers, 1994, 48 min., Color

Highlights of moving personal testimonies at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Rights-held in conjunction with U.N. World Conference on Hum...

Voices Heard Sisters Unseen
A film by Grace Poore, 1995, 75 min., Color

VOICES HEARD SISTERS UNSEEN is a powerful and inspirational film showing how survivors of domestic violence are working to change the way the system t...

Waking Up to Rape
A film by Meri Weingarten, 1985, 35 min., Color

"If I were to choose only one film on sexual assault to show to a class or to the general public, I would select WAKING UP TO RAPE. This is a powerful...

Warrior Marks
A film by Pratibha Parmar
Executive produced by Alice Walker
, 1993, 54 min., Color

WARRIOR MARKS is a poetic and political film about female genital mutilation from the director of A PLACE OF RAGE, presented by the Pulitzer Prize win...

Weapon of War
A film by Femke & Ilse van Velzen, 2009, 59 min., Color

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...

Why Women Stay
A film by Jacqueline Shortell-McSweeney and Debra Zimmerman, 1980, 30 min., BW

This documentary examines the complex reasons why women remain in violent homes and challenges the prevailing attitudes which accept domestic violence...

Women in Struggle
A film by Buthina Canaan Khoury, 2004, 56 min., Color

WOMEN IN STRUGGLE presents rare testimony from four female Palestinian ex-detainees who disclose their experiences during their years of imprisonment ...

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