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Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
A film by Yunah Hong, 2011, 56 min., Color

Anna May Wong knew she wanted to be a movie star from the time she was a young girl—and by 17 she became one. A third generation Chinese-American, she...

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...

A film by Julie Dash, 1983, 34 min., BW

The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman...

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 ...

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...

Old South
A film by Danielle Beverly, 2015, 54 min., Color

OLD SOUTH, through a quiet unfolding story, provides a window into the underlying dynamics of race relations that influence so many American communiti...

Regarding Susan Sontag
A film by Nancy Kates, 2014, 100 min., Color

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th cent...

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 ...

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, ...

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