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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...

Apache 8
A film by Sande Zeig, 2011, 57 min., Color

For 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit has protected their reservation from fire and also responded to wildfires around the nation. This group of ...

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...

Bringing It All Back Home
A Sheffield Film Coop Production
Directed by Chrissie Stansfield
, 1987, 48 min., Color

This fascinating documentary analyzes how the patterns of international capital investment and the exploitation of Third World women workers in free t...

Camera/Woman
A film by Karima Zoubir, 2012, 59 min., Color

Working as a videographer at weddings in Casablanca, Khadija Harrad is part of the new generation of young, divorced Moroccan women seeking to realize...

Dish
A film by Maya Gallus, 2010, 58 min., Color

Why do women bring your food at local diners, while in high-end establishments waiters are almost always men? DISH, by Maya Gallus, whose acclaimed

Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador)
A film by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco, 2009, 62 min., Color

For Spaniards—and for the world—nothing has expressed their country’s traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male mata...

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 ...

Everyone Their Grain of Sand
A film by Beth Bird, 2005, 87 min., Color

This award-winning documentary reveals the struggles of the citizens of Maclovio Rojas in Tijuana, Mexico as they battle the state government’s attemp...

Ferry Tales
A film by Katja Esson, 2003, 40 min., Color

Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, FERRY TALES exposes a secret world that exists in the powder room of the Staten Island Ferry--a plac...

From Bedside to Bargaining Table
A film by Tami Gold and Lyn Goldfarb, 1984, 20 min.

This inspiring documentary looks at nursing from the nurse's point of view, encouraging healthcare professionals to work together to change their poor...

Hammering It Out
A film by Vivian Price, 2000, 54 min., Color

“This spirited documentary spotlights the experience of women in the building trades, specifically those women involved in the Century Freeway Women's...

Hell to Pay
A film by Alexandra Anderson and Anne Cottringer, 1988, 52 min., Color

A moving and politically sophisticated analysis of the international debt situation through the eyes of the women of Bolivia, the poorest country in L...

Killing Time/Fannie's Film
Two films by Fronza Woods, 1979, 15 min., BW

Part of the mediamaking movement that first gave centrality to the voices and experiences of African American women during the late Seventies and earl...

La Boda
A film by Hannah Weyer, 2000, 53 min., Color

In an intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, Hannah Weyer’s new film LA BODA delves into the challenges faced by a community...

The Learning
A film by Ramona Diaz, 2011, 98 min., Color

One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, Ameri...

Love, Women and Flowers
A film by Marta Rodriguez and Jorge Silva, 1988, 58 min., Color

At any time of year in the U.S., carnations of every color are plentiful and cheap – but the ready availability of these beautiful flowers comes at a ...

Made in India: A Film about Surrogacy
A film by Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha, 2010, 97 min., Color

In San Antonio, Lisa and Brian Switzer risk their savings with a Medical Tourism company promising them an affordable solution after seven years of in...

Made In India: SEWA in Action
A film by Patricia Plattner, 1998, 52 min., Color

This powerful documentary is a portrait of SEWA, the now-famous women's organization in India that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor wo...

Made In Thailand
A film by Eve-Laure Moros and Linzy Emery, 1999, 30 min., Color

In Thailand, women make up 90 percent of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. This powerful, re...

Maestra
A film by Catherine Murphy, 2013, 33 min., Color

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

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
A film by Sonali Gulati, 2005, 27 min., Color/BW

In this insightful documentary, filmmaker Sonali Gulati explores complex issues of globalization, capitalism and identity through a witty and personal...

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...

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...

Performing the Border
A film by Ursula Biemann, 1999, 42 min., Color

A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital equipment j...

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 ...

Prescription for Change
A film by Tami Gold and Lyn Goldfarb, 1986, 30 min.

Nurses: traditionally female, underpaid, and underappreciated. PRESCRIPTION FOR CHANGE presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at nursing....

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...

Remote Sensing
A film by Ursula Biemann, 2001, 53 min., Color

In Biemann’s latest video, she traces the routes and reasons of women who travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. By using the latest i...

Scarlet Road
A film by Catherine Scott, Produced by Pat Fiske, 2011, 70 min., Color

Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton specializes in a long overlooked clientele— people with disabiliti...

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...

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...

Some Real Heat
A film by Stefanie Jordan, 2001, 54 min., Color

SOME REAL HEAT explores the small and relatively new world of female firefighters in San Francisco and their upward climb to gain access to a male-dom...

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 ...

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, ...

Tea & Justice
A film by Ermena Vinluan, 2010, 55 min., Color

TEA & JUSTICE chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s—the first Asian women to become mem...

Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action
A film by Ann Hershey, 2007, 66 min., Color

This revelatory documentary is an inspiring homage to Tillie Lerner Olsen – a renegade, revolutionary, distinguished fiction and non-fiction writer, f...

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,...

Transnational Tradeswomen
A film by Vivian Price, 2006, 62 min., Color

Inspired by organizers at the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995, former construction worker Vivian Price spent years documenting the current and his...

The Trickle Down Theory of Sorrow
A film by Mary Filippo, 2002, 15 min., Color

Veteran experimental filmmaker Mary Filippo tackles issues of work, class and gender roles in this visually captivating and provocative autobiographic...

Troubled Harvest
A film by Sharon Genasci and Dorothy Velasco, 1990, 30 min., Color

This award-winning documentary examines the lives of women migrant workers from Mexico and Central America as they work in grape, strawberry and cherr...

What You Take for Granted
A film by Michelle Citron, 1983, 75 min., Color

The tentative friendship of Anna, a feisty truck driver, and Diana, an upper middle-class doctor, provides the core for an unusual, intimate and movin...

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...

New Directions: Women of Thailand
A film by Joanne Burke, 1997, 26 min., Color

In Klong Toey, Bangkok's largest slum, Duang Prateep, a foundation created and run entirely by women provides empowering choices and role models to th...

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 Organize!
A film by Joan E. Biren, Union Institute Ctr. for Women & Women and Organizing Documentation Project, 2000, 32 min., Color

WOMEN ORGANIZE! is an inspirational, half hour video that portrays women organizers across the U.S. who are involved in the global struggles for racia...

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