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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...

Africa Rising
A film by Paula Heredia, Produced by Equality Now, 2009, 62 min., Color

Every day, 6,000 girls from the Horn of Africa to sub-Saharan nations are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). With fierce determination and ...

Africa, Africas
A 3-part film series by Agnes Ndibi, Maji-da Abdi and Fanta Regina Nacro, 2001, 62 min., Color

A rare collection from the emerging voices of African documentary filmmaking, this unique series daringly explores the social and cultural realities e...

Angola Is Our Country
A film by Jenny Morgan, 1988, 45 min., Color

Angolan women are rarely heard describing the impact of South Africa’s undeclared war against their country. This moving documentary, produced in conj...

The Body Beautiful
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, 1991, 23 min., Color

This bold, stunning exploration of a white mother who undergoes a radical mastectomy and her Black daughter who embarks on a modeling career reveals t...

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 ...

Casablanca Calling
A film by Rosa Rogers, 2014, 70 min., Color

As political conflict and change sweep the Arab world, CASABLANCA CALLING highlights a quiet social revolution under way in Morocco, where 60% of the ...

The Day I Will Never Forget
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2002, 92 min., Color

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET is a gripping feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto that examines the practice of female genital mutil...

The Desired Number
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, 1995, 28 min., 1 in series, Color

THE DESIRED NUMBER uses the Ibu Eze ceremony in Nigeria to highlight how family planning issues often conflict with traditional family values. Nigeri...

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...

Europlex
A film by Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders, 2003, 20 min., Color

The fourth in Ursula Biemann's critically acclaimed series of video essays that investigates migration across borders, EUROPLEX, a collaboration with ...

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...

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...

Grace, Milly, Lucy . . . Child Soldiers
A film by Raymonde Provencher, 2010, 52 min., Color

“It’s very easy to create a killing machine. Just imagine. You’re seven years old and taken away from your family . . . your parents are killed in f...

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...

Iron Ladies of Liberia
A film by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge, Produced by Henry Ansbacher & Jonathan Stack, 2007, 77 min., Color

After surviving a 14-year civil war and a government riddled with corruption, Liberia is ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ...

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...

Monday’s Girls
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, 1993, 50 min., Color

This fascinating documentary, by the filmmaker of THE BODY BEAUTIFUL, follows two young Nigerian women’s different experiences of a traditional rite o...

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter
A film by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2009, 60 min., Color

Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States. But it’s not just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali....

My Heart is My Witness
A film by Louise Carré, 1996, 56 min., Color

MY HEART IS MY WITNESS, by renowed French-Canadian filmmaker, Louise Carré, investigates the status of women in Islam through interviews with men and ...

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...

Nollywood Lady
A film by Dorothee Wenner, 2008, 52 min., Color

Peace Anyiam-Fibresima of Lagos, Nigeria is an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film indus...

Out in South Africa
A film by Barbara Hammer, 1995, 51 min., Color

In 1994, Barbara Hammer was invited to South Africa to present a retrospective of her 77 films and videos at OUT IN SOUTH AFRICA, the first gay and le...

Pain, Passion and Profit
A film by Gurinder Chadha, 1992, 49 min., Color

From the director of Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, PAIN, PASSION AND PROFIT is an inspirational look at women entreprene...

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...

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...

Reassemblage
Co-produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier
Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha
, 1982, 40 min., Color

Women are the focus but not the object of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s influential first film, a complex visual study of the women of rural Senegal. Through a c...

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...

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...

Selbe
A film by Safi Faye, 1983, 30 min., Color

This revealing documentary offers a rare view of daily life in West Africa. Shot in Senegal, SELBE focuses on the social role and economic responsibil...

Shouting Silent
A film by Renee Rosen and Xoliswa Sithole, 2002, 50 min., Color

SHOUTING SILENT explores the South African HIV/AIDS epidemic through the eyes of Xoliswa Sithole, an adult orphan who lost her mother to HIV/AIDS in 1...

Sidet: Forced Exile
A film by Salem Mekuria, 1991, 60 min., Color

During the past two decades, more than two million refugees have left Ethiopia. Famine, poverty and political strife as well as the religious persecut...

Simon & I
A film by Beverley Palesa Ditsie and Nicky Newman, 2002, 52 min., Color

SIMON & I is an intimate and inspiring portrait of black South African gay rights activist Simon Nkoli, who died of AIDS in 1998, and his fellow activ...

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...

Sisters of the Screen
A film by Beti Ellerson, 2002, 73 min., Color

Exploring the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora, Beti Ellerson’s engaging debut intersperses interviews wit...

Six Days: Three Activists, Three Wars, One Dream
A film by Nikolina Gillgren, produced by Johan Sandstrom, 2013, 56 min., Color

This inspiring documentary which follows three brave human rights defenders in Liberia, Abkhazia, Georgia and Iraq over six days, gives insight into t...

Sound of Torture
A film by Keren Shayo, 2013, 58 min., Color

Since 2006 when Europe closed its borders, human trafficking has burgeoned in Egypt’s Sinai Desert, where Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees heading...

Speaking Out: Women, AIDS and Hope in Mali
A film by Joanne Burke, 2002, 55 min., Color

The fourth installment of Joanne Burke’s critically acclaimed NEW DIRECTIONS series on women's empowerment in developing countries, SPEAKING OUT prese...

The Supreme Price
A film by Joanna Lipper, 2013, 75 min., Color

Director Joanna Lipper elegantly explores past and present as she tells the remarkable story of Hafsat Abiola, daughter of human rights heroine Kudira...

Umoja
A film by Elizabeth Tadic, 2010, 32 min., Color

UMOJA (Kiswahili for “unity”) tells the life-changing story of a group of impoverished tribal Samburu women in Northern Kenya who turn age-old patriar...

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...

Women of Niger
A film by Anne Laure Folly, 1993, 26 min., Color

Niger is a traditionally Islamic country where authorized polygamy and Muslim fundamentalism clash with the country’s struggle for democracy. In elec...

New Directions: Women of Zimbabwe
A film by Joanne Burke, 1997, 145 min., Color

From award-winning documentarian Joanne Burke's series about women's empowerment in developing countries, WOMEN OF ZIMBABWE focuses on a group of fiv...

Women's Lives and Choices
Produced by Daniel Riesenfeld for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1995, 200 min., 3 in series, Color

This important and timely series deals with women's health and the social, cultural and economic factors underlying reproductive choices. VENTRE LIVR...

Your Children Come Back to You
A film by Alile Sharon Larkin, 1979, 27 min., BW

Alile Sharon Larkin's first film is a contemporary allegory about values and assimilation. The film literalizes the meaning of a "mother country" by m...

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