Women Make Movies Women Make Movies View Cart
Women Make Movies
Promotional Photos
Related Titles
Related Links
Related Subjects
Global Feminism

click level for more info
DVD Sale $295.00
DVD Rental $90.00
DVD Sale $89.00
Request a quote now

Ripples of Change
Japanese Women’s Search for Self
A film by Nanako Kurihara
US/Japan, 1993, 57 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99033
Powerful political analysis is combined with a passionate personal story in this exceptional documentary about the Japanese women’s liberation movement in the 1970’s and its influence on contemporary Japanese society. Director Nanako Kurihara left her homeland in the 1980’s, frustrated by the lack of interesting roles for women in Japan. In New York, she met a Japanese woman who had been involved in the women’s liberation movement in Japan in the 1970’s. Kurihara returned to Japan, bringing together interviews with veterans of the movement, fascinating archival footage and her personal impressions to produce a film which explores the meaning of the liberation movement, the factors that motivated it and the effect it has had on people’s attitudes. RIPPLES OF CHANGE is an excellent resource for the study of global feminism, women’s roles and Japanese society.


  • National Educational Film and Video Festival, Gold Apple
  • San Francisco Film Festival, Certificate of Merit
  • Tokyo Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • San Fransisco Asian American Film Festival

back to top


    “A powerful and daring work.”
    Kyoko Hirano
    Film Center, Japan Society

    “Fascinating, cross-culturally inspiring.”
    Robin Morgan
    Ms. Magazine

    “A unique opportunity for thought-processing the notable similarities in the US and Japanese movements towards sex/gender equity.”
    Library Journal

back to top

back to toptop


back to top

Navaigate New Releases Previous Title Next Title Year Subject Title Maker

  Sign up to get our monthly newsletter delivered by email.

You'll get the latest info on WMM films, filmmakers, new releases and worldwide events.
Read the current issue and subscribe!


WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

Deep discounts are available when you purchase multiple films. More details.

© Women Make Movies, 2005
site map

Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitiates the production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. contact us