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¡Adelante Mujeres!
A film by the National Women's History Project, 1992, 30 min., Color

Spanning five centuries, this comprehensive video, produced by the National Women's History Project, focuses exclusively on the history of Mexican-Ame...

Algeria: Women At War
A film produced by Parminder Vir, 1992, 52 min., Color

ALGERIA: WOMEN AT WAR offers a rare insight into the key role Algerian women played in their country’s liberation struggle from the French thirty year...

And Still I Rise
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, 1993, 30 min., Color

Inspired by a poem by Maya Angelou, this powerful film explores images of Black women in the media, focusing on the myths surrounding Black women's se...

Antonia Pantoja
A film by Lillian Jiménez, 2009, 53 min., Color

Antonia Pantoja (1922-2002), visionary Puerto Rican educator, activist, and early proponent of bilingual education, inspired multiple generations of y...

As I Remember It
A film by Salem Mekuria, 1991, 56 min., Color

This intimate portrait of writer Dorothy West explores the forgotten role of women in the Harlem Renaissance. From the perspective of her 83 years, th...

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...

B.D. Women
A film by Campbell X, 1994, 20 min., Color

B.D. WOMEN is a wonderful celebration of the history and culture of Black lesbians. Lively interviews feature Black women talking candidly about thei...

Beyond Imagining
A film by Wendy Weinberg, 1991, 30 min., Color

Bold literary visionary Margaret Anderson founded the journal Little Review in 1914, an overlooked but profound influence on American literature. Ande...

Bloodlines
A film by Cynthia Connop, 2008, 52 min., Color

Bettina Goering, grandniece of Hermann Goering, has long tried to bury the dark legacy of her family history. Painter Ruth Rich, a daughter of Holocau...

...But Then, She's Betty Carter
A film by Michelle Parkerson, 1980, 53 min., Color

This lively film is an unforgettable portrait of legendary vocalist Betty Carter, one of the greatest living exponents of jazz. Uncompromised by comme...

Chicana
A film by Sylvia Morales, 1979, 23 min., Color

CHICANA traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present. It covers women's role in Aztec society, their partic...

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...

Chisholm '72 - Unbought and Unbossed
A film by Shola Lynch, 2004, 77 min., Color

Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, ...

Choice Thoughts
A film by Jacqueline Frank, 1996, 10 min., Color

In a witty mix of rare archival footage and sound bites from religious and political leaders, filmmaker Jacqueline Frank takes a fast-paced look at 10...

Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust
A film by Martha Goell Lubell and Barbara Attie, 1999, 57 min., Color

Why would a young person choose resistance rather than submission during Hitler's reign of terror while her world was collapsing around her? In this ...

El General
A film by Natalia Almada, 2009, 83 min., Color/BW

Past and present collide in this extraordinarily well crafted documentary when filmmaker Natalia Almada (ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY), winner of th...

Elida Schogt Trilogy
Films by Elida Schogt, 30 min., 4 in series, Color

Elida Schogt’s deeply personal trilogy of short documentaries on Holocaust memory: ZYKLON PORTRAIT (1999), THE WALNUT TREE (2000) and SILENT SONG (200...

The Female Closet
A film by Barbara Hammer, 1998, 60 min., Color

This fascinating film from renowned filmmaker Barbara Hammer combines rare footage, interviews, and rich visual documentation to survey the lives of v...

The Feminist Initiative
A film by Liv Weisberg, 2009, 97 min., Color

The Feminist Initiative reveals the passion, pitfalls and promise of a diverse group of women working to establish the world’s first feminist p...

Four Women of Egypt
A film by Tahani Rached, 1997, 90 min., Color

Amina Rachid was raised in a non-religious, Westernized, aristocratic household before embracing Socialism and fighting for social justice. Another d...

Greetings from Washington DC
A film by Rob Epstein, Frances Reid, Greta Schiller and Lucy Winer, 1981, 28 min.

A kaleidoscope of music, dance, stories and laughter shared at the first gay and lesbian rights march on Washington....

Healthcaring
A film by Denise Bostrom and Jane Warrenbrand, 1976, 32 min.

A classic chronicle of women's relationship to gynecology and healthcare, produced by Women Make Movies. In this bold and sensitive documentary, women...

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige
A film by Rea Tajiri, 1991, 32 min., Color/BW

Groundbreaking and haunting, this film is a poetic composition of recorded history and non-recorded memory. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri’s family was among th...

Hollywood Harems
A film by Tania Kamal-Eldin, 1999, 24 min., Color

"Tania Kamal-Eldin has once again produced a stunning video, a half-hour documentary, this time taking critical aim at Hollywood's abiding fascination...

I Is a Long-Memoried Woman
Produced by Ingrid Lewis, A film by Frances-Anne Solomon, 1990, 50 min., Color

This extraordinary video chronicles the history of slavery through the eyes of Caribbean women. A striking combination of monologue, dance, and song—g...

In the Best Interests of the Children
A film by Frances Reid, Elizabeth Stevens and Cathy Zheutlin, 1977, 53 min.

This groundbreaking film on lesbian mothering portrays the diversity of experience, race and class among eight lesbian mothers and their children....

Invocation
A film by Jo Ann Kaplan, 1987, 53 min., Color/BW

Maya Deren is a legend of avant-garde cinema. This authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist features excerpts fro...

Jane: An Abortion Service
A film by Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy, 1996, 58 min., Color

This fascinating political look at a little-known chapter in women's history tells the story of "Jane", the Chicago-based women's health group who per...

La Cueca Sola
A film by Marilu Mallet, 2003, 52 min., Color

On September 11, 1973, a military coup in Chile brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of women and men were taken f...

Las Marthas
A film by Cristina Ibarra, Produced by Erin Ploss-Campoamor, 2013, 69 min., Color

Unlike any other, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is part of a lucrative month-long festival honoring George Washington’s birthday. LAS MAR...

License to Thrive: Title IX at 35
A Film by Theresa Moore, 2008, 48 min., Color

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discriminatio...

The Lost Garden
A film by Marquise Lepage, 1995, 53 min., Color

THE LOST GARDEN looks at the life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968), arguably, the first narrative filmmaker in the world. Creating her first...

Louder Than Our Words
A film by Harriet Hirshhorn and Lydia Pilcher, 1983, 36 min.

A look at civil disobedience and women's rights in the U.S. from the suffragettes through the anti-war and disarmament movements....

Maestra
A film by Catherine Murphy, 2012, 33 min., Color

In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country’s National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost hal...

The Maids
A film by Muriel Jackson, 1985, 28 min., Color

Domestic service has long been branded as demeaning work: it involves long hours, menial toil and low pay. Historically, and not coincidentally, it ha...

Margaret Sanger
A film directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull, 1992, 28 min., Color

MARGARET SANGER: A PUBLIC NUISANCE highlights Sanger's pioneering strategies of using media and popular culture to advance the cause of birth control...

Mary Lou Williams
A film by Joanne Burke, 1990, 60 min., Color

Pioneering Black American composer-arranger-pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of jazz. In this authorit...

Master Smart Woman
A film by Jane Morrison in collaboration with photographer Peter Namuth, 1984, 28 min., Color

From the award-winning director of THE WHITE HERON and THE TWO WORLDS OF ANGELITA, this loving portrait is a much deserved re-evaluation of Sarah Orne...

Miss Amy and Miss May
A film by Sistren Research
Directed by Cynthia Wilmot
, 1990, 40 min., Color

Amy Bailey, daughter of an eminent Black family, was a leader of the Jamaican women’s movement in the 1930s. May Farquharson, daughter of a wealthy wh...

Mother of the River
A film by Zeinabu irene Davis, 1995, 28 min., BW

In this poignant story set in the 1850s, a young slave girl befriends a magical woman in the woods called Mother of the River. Through their friendsh...

Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama
A film by C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan, 2009, 97 min., Color

Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars-one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old ...

My Filmmaking, My Life
A film by Patricia Diaz, 1990, 30 min., Color

Matilde Landeta entered the flourishing Mexican film industry in the 1930s, working her way up from script girl to direct 110 shorts and, in the late ...

No Job For A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII
A film by Michèle Midori Fillion, 2011, 61 min., Color/BW

When World War II broke out, reporter Martha Gellhorn was so determined to get to the frontlines that she left husband Ernest Hemingway, never to be r...

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 ...

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
A film by Kimberlee Bassford, 2008, 56 min., Color/BW

In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the US presidency and was t...

The Phantom of the Operator
A film by Caroline Martel, 2004, 66 min., Color/BW

This wry and delightful found-footage film reveals a little-known chapter in labor history: the story of female telephone operators’ central place in ...

A Place of Rage
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1991, 52 min., Color

This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Withi...

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...

Pregnant with Dreams
A film by Julia Barco, 1988, 48 min.

Engaging, intimate and fast-moving, this video reflects the diversity and richness of Latin American feminism by documenting the 4th Encuentro Feminis...

Rebel Hearts
A film by Betsy Newman, 1995, 60 min., Color

REBEL HEARTS is a captivating documentary about the abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke and the anti-slavery movement of the early 19th Century. ...

Reconstruction
A film by Irene Lusztig, 2001, 90 min., Color/BW

Filmmaker Irene Lusztig unearths a dark family secret in search of answers and reconciliation in her breakthrough feature documentary, RECONSTRUCTION....

Remembering Thelma
A film by Kathe Sandler, 1981, 15 min.

A lively profile of dance instructor and performer Thelma Hill containing rare footage of original Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the New York Negro Ba...

Search for Freedom
A film by Munizae Jahangir, 2003, 54 min., Color/BW

SEARCH FOR FREEDOM traces the dramatic social and political history of Afghanistan from the 1920s to the present through the stories of four remarkabl...

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...

She Even Chewed Tobacco
By Elizabeth Stevens and Estelle Freedman, 1983, 40 min., BW

The Gold Rush. A new frontier. Nineteenth century California offered women the opportunity to pioneer new roles for themselves. Meet Babe Bean, the...

Silent Song
A film by Elida Schogt, 2001, 6 min.

“In SILENT SONG Schogt deftly conjures an elaborate dialogue around issues of memory in its various forms - personal, historical, filmic… [her] rich a...

Skydancer
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 75 min., Color

Renowned for their balance and skill, six generations of Mohawk men have been leaving their families behind on the reservation to travel to New York C...

Snakes and Ladders
A film by Trish Fitzsimmons and Mitzi Goldman, 1987, 59 min.

Like our own children’s game, Chutes and Ladders, the story of women’s education has always been one step forward, two steps back. In this creative d...

Some American Feminists
A film by Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard and Margaret Wescott, 1980, 56 min., Color

SOME AMERICAN FEMINISTS explores one of the most significant social histories of this century-the second wave of the women's movement-and is a fascina...

Some Ground To Stand On
A film by Joyce Warshow
Co-produced and edited by Janet Baus
, 1998, 35 min., Color

This compelling documentary tells the life story of Blue Lunden, a working class lesbian activist whose odyssey of personal transformation parallels l...

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders
A film by Joan Sadoff, Dr. Robert Sadoff and Laura J. Lipson, 2002, 60 min., Color/BW

In 1965, when three women walked into the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C., they had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicia...

Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977
A film by Joyce Follet, 1998, 56 min., Color

"****Proving beyond a doubt that feminism began well before the 1960s, and that its players were not just the white middle class, this inspiring tape ...

Storme
A film by Michelle Parkerson, 1987, 21 min., Color

“It ain’t easy…being green” is the favorite expression of Storme DeLarverie, a woman whose life flouted prescriptions of gender and race. During the ...

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
A Film by Kay Sloan, 2003, 35 min., Color/BW

In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics, and in Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, historian and wr...

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...

Sweatshop Cinderella: A Portrait of Anzia Yezierska
A film by Suzanne Wasserman, 2010, 27 min., Color

In the forefront of early twentieth-century American literature about immigrant women’s lives, Anzia Yezierska’s work includes short fiction, novels, ...

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...

Thunder in Guyana
A film by Suzanne Wasserman, 2003, 50 min., Color/BW

THUNDER IN GUYANA is the remarkable tale of Janet Jagan, a young woman from Chicago who married Guyanese activist Cheddi Jagan, and set off for the Br...

Trade Secrets
A film by Stephanie Antalocy, 1985, 23 min., Color

Perfect as a training tape or as an historical look at labor issues in the 1980s, TRADE SECRETS has been purchased by hundreds of colleges, libraries,...

Tree Shade
A film by Lisa Collins, 1998, 29 min., Color/BW

Shame and embarrassment propel Savannah, a gifted high school student, to embark on a journey through space and time to witness the prison convictions...

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...

Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare
A film by Binnur Karaevli, 2010, 69 min., Color

Can Islamic values co-exist with full equality for women? VOICES UNVEILED examines this timely issue through portraits of three women pursuing life pa...

The Walnut Tree
A film by Elida Schogt, 2000, 11 min., Color

Through a striking combination of documentary and experimental approaches, THE WALNUT TREE examines Holocaust memory, the family, and the role of phot...

We Want Roses Too (Vogliamo Anche Le Rose)
A film by Alina Marazzi, 2007, 84 min., Color

This stunning visual masterpiece is an exuberant testament to the resolve of women of the ’60s and ’70s sexual revolution and feminist movement in Ita...

Women Filmmakers in Russia
A film by Sally Potter, 1990, 51 min., Color

Since Lenin's fervent embrace of cinema in the 1920s, more women have worked in the film industry in Russia than in the West. This fascinating docume...

Women of Steel
A film by Mon Valley Media, 1984, 28 min., Color

For women who entered the nation's steel mills in the 1970s, the mill was a ticket out of traditionally low-paying "women's jobs" and in some cases, o...

Women of Turkey: Between Islam and Secularism
A Film by Olga Nakkas, 2006, 52 min., Color

In this thought-provoking documentary, veiled and unveiled women explore relationships between Islam and secularism in present-day Turkey, where milli...

Women Who Made the Movies
A film by Gwendolyn Foster and Wheeler Dixon, 1992, 55 min., Color/BW

WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES traces the careers and films of such pioneer women filmmakers as Alice Guy Blaché, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Ida Lupino, Leni Riefen...

Zyklon Portrait
A film by Elida Schogt, 1999, 13 min., Color

A Holocaust film without Holocaust imagery, ZYKLON PORTRAIT combines archival instructional films with family snapshots, home movies, underwater photo...

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