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Africa is a Woman's Name
A film by Ingrid Sinclair, Bridget Pickering & Wanjiru Kinyanjui, 2009, 52 min., Color

AFRICA IS A WOMAN’S NAME provides an opportunity for three of Africa’s leading filmmakers to tell their own country’s stories through the lives of the...

Esther Broner: A Weave of Women
A film by Lilly Rivlin, 2013, 62 min., Color

Prolific writer, passionate activist, dedicated scholar and pioneering feminist, Esther Broner infused second wave feminism with a distinctive Jewish ...

A Girl Like Her
A film by Ann Fessler, 2012, 48 min., Color

From 1945-73, 1.5 million unmarried young American women, facing enormous social pressures, surrendered babies to adoption. Lacking sex education and ...

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...

Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC
A film by Abby Moser, 2011, 42 min., Color

Fed up with the calcification of punk into a male-dominated, misogynistic and increasingly mainstream movement, the birth of Riot Grrrl inthe late 19...

How to Lose Your Virginity
A film by Therese Shechter, 2013, 66 min., Color

Female virginity. The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting it. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical defin...

Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions
A film by Amanda Homsi-Ottosson, 2011, 40 min., Color

Lebanese poet and writer Joumana Haddad has stirred controversy in the Middle East for having founded Jasad (the Body), an erotic quarterly Arabic-lan...

Miss America
A film by Lisa Ades, Executive Produced by Lola Van Wagenen & Jeanne Houck, 2002, 96 min., Color/BW

Tracking the country’s oldest beauty contest—from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country’s most popular ...

The Motherhood Archives
A film by Irene Lusztig, 2013, 91 min., Color/BW

Archival montage, science fiction and an homage to 1970s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film excavatin...

Mothers of Bedford
A film by Jenifer McShane, 2011, 96 min., Color

 Women are the fastest-growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentar...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sisters in Arms
A film by Beth Freeman, 2010, 48 min., Color

Canada is one of a handful of countries that permit women to fight in ground combat. In January 2013, the Pentagon lifted its ban on women in combat r...

Virgin Tales
A film by Mirjam von Arx, 2012, 87 min., Color

Evangelical Christians are calling out for a second sexual revolution: chastity! As a counter-movement to the attitudes and practices of contemporary ...

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 ...

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