Directed by Women


LIKE A SHIP IN THE NIGHT
LIKE A SHIP IN THE NIGHT

Irish Studies  Women's Studies  Political Science  Health  2008  Directed by Women 

Abortion is illegal in Ireland. Yet every year, more than 8,000 women travel in secret to England to have abortions. They do so despite the risk of life imprisonment and social stigmatization. Like A Ship in the Night follows three such women as they plan their journeys across the sea.

FRONTRUNNER: the afghan woman who surprised the world
FRONTRUNNER: the afghan woman who surprised the world

Women's Studies  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

The heroic story of the first woman to run for President of Afghanistan. Frontrunner introduces us to Dr. Massouda Jalal, a mother of three children, whose campaign inspired thousands of women across the country to participate in the democratic process.

FRONTRUNNERS
FRONTRUNNERS

Political Science  New York City  Education  American Studies  Sociology  Media Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

It's hard to run for office - even in high school. Frontrunners follows the recent elections at the ultra-competitive Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and explores how politics works at its most nascent level.

NEVER PERFECT
NEVER PERFECT

2008  Women's Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  Directed by Women 

How are ideals of beauty influenced by race, history, and geopolitics? And how are these ideals reinforced in ethnic communities? With a rich selection of film clips and archival footage, Never Perfect examines the dramatic rise in popularity of cosmetic surgery among Asian-American women.

MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA
MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA

Science  Health  Disabilities  American Studies  Political Science  Biology  Kartemquin Films  2007  Medicine  Directed by Women 

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita puts a human face on the stem cell debate by following the work of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned expert in the field, as he searches for a cure to spinal cord injury, and the breakthrough that will allow his injured daughter to walk again.

THE BORINQUENEERS
THE BORINQUENEERS

Puerto Rican Studies  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  American Studies  Political Science  American History  2007  Directed by Women 

The Borinqueneers is the first major documentary to chronicle the never-before-told story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in the history of the U.S. Army, from its creation in 1899 through its service in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. Narrated by Hector Elizondo.

SONIA
SONIA

Art History  Women's Studies  Russia  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies  Architecture  2007  Directed by Women 

A magical portrait of Russia's revolutionary artistic avant-garde - Mayakovsky, Voloshin, Blok, Malevich, Tatlin - through the life of Sonia Dymshitz-Tolstaya, an impassioned artist whose life reflected the social upheavals of her time. She was one of the few Jewish women who became part of this inner circle.

TO TELL THE TRUTH: the liu binyan story
TO TELL THE TRUTH: the liu binyan story

Media Studies  Literature  Political Science  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  2007  Directed by Women 

Chinese journalist Liu Binyan sought out the truth his entire life and consequently paid a huge price for his honesty. Named one of Time Magazine's Asian Heroes, this film documents his incredible story and struggle to build a freer China.

IN MEMORIAM: ALEXANDER LITVINENKO
IN MEMORIAM: ALEXANDER LITVINENKO

Russia  Political Science  Eastern Europe  Criminal & Law  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Terrorism Studies  2007  Directed by Women 

Begun nearly two years before his death, this fascinating documentary offers a meticulous account of the life and final days of ex-FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died of radiation poisoning in November 2006. In the process, it provides extraordinary insight into the current political climate in Russia.

THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT

Political Science  Health  Children & Young Adult  Asian Studies  Anthropology  AIDS  2007  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2007 Academy AwardŽ winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Blood of Yingzhou District is a groundbreaking documentary film which exposes the hidden AIDS epidemic in China, a country not commonly associated with the disease.

BEYOND CONVICTION
BEYOND CONVICTION

Women's Studies  Peace & Conflict  Criminal & Law  American Studies  African-American Studies  2007  Directed by Women 

An eye-opening look at a pioneering program in which victims of violent crimes meet face-to-face with their perpetrators. This documentary, featured on Oprah, introduces us to a process that could have far-reaching repercussions for the ways we approach crime, criminal justice, and conflict resolution.

ZAHIRA'S PEACE
ZAHIRA'S PEACE

Terrorism Studies  Political Science  Health  Europe  2007  Directed by Women 

Zahira's Peace looks at the after-effects of the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings through the story of Zahira, a young woman, who was seriously injured in the attacks.

CIVIL STATUS
CIVIL STATUS

Russia  Eastern Europe  2007  Directed by Women 

An observational documentary about the sometimes bizarre, sometimes absurd daily happenings at a civil registry office in St. Petersburg, where people from all walks of life come to record the most significant events in their lives.

BLOQUEO: looking at the U.S. embargo against Cuba
BLOQUEO: looking at the U.S. embargo against Cuba

Latin-American Studies  Health  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Environmental Studies  Economics  2007  Directed by Women  Cuban Studies 

Since 1962 the United States has imposed an economic, commercial and financial embargo on Cuba. Bloqueo examines its effects, the reasons for its implementation, and why it has endured for so many decades.

THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ
THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ

Political Science  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  American Studies  2007  Directed by Women 

This acclaimed documentary tells the moving and nearly unbelievable story of the first American soldier to be killed in Iraq, a one-time street kid from Guatemala who illegally crossed into the United States.

RAPE FOR WHO I AM
RAPE FOR WHO I AM

Women's Studies  LGBTQ  Human Sexuality  AIDS  African Studies  Directed by Women 

An intimate look at the lives of South Africa's black lesbians who were raped because of their sexuality but refuse to become victims. This insightful and moving film shatters all preconceptions of homosexuality in Africa.

LAST HOUSE STANDING
LAST HOUSE STANDING

Urban Studies  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

As China continues its unprecedented economic growth, Last House Standing captures the poignant story of an elderly man caught between his country's past and future.

VIENNA 1900
VIENNA 1900

Europe  Cultural Studies  Art History  Jewish Studies  Human Sexuality  Directed by Women 

Earlier this year, Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" was sold for $135 million, the largest amount ever paid for a painting. This wonderful new documentary invites viewers to explore Vienna at the turn-of-the-century and the rich artistic movement that engendered such a work.

TEEN MOTHERS
TEEN MOTHERS

Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Human Sexuality  Family Relations  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

A stark and honest look at the explosion of teen pregnancy in Brazil, this award-winning documentary follows four young girls, ages 13 to 15, through the course of their pregnancies and into the early days of motherhood.

BUILDING THE GHERKIN
BUILDING THE GHERKIN

Architecture  Urban Studies  Europe  Environmental Studies  Business  Directed by Women 

Can a single building impact the career of an architect, the image of a global company and the future of a major city? Building the Gherkin chronicles the design, planning and construction of the controversial Swiss Re building, dubbed 'the erotic gherkin' by the British press.

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