Women's Studies


LA OPERACION
LA OPERACION

Health  Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Puerto Rico has the highest incidence of female sterilization in the world. Over one-third of all Puerto Rican women of childbearing age have been sterilized. So common is the operation that it is simply known as ‘la operacion.' Using newsreels and excerpts from government propaganda films, plus interviews with Puerto Rican women, doctors, birth control specialists and politicians, this film explores the controversial use of sterilization as a means of population control.

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ABORTION: STORIES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH

Asian Studies  Health  Irish Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Each year, an estimated 30 to 55 million women throughout the world obtain induced abortions. More than half of these abortions are illegal and an estimated 84,000 of them result in death. This cross-cultural survey shows how abortion transcends race, religion and social class, and how differences in the practice and perception of abortion are mainly in the degree of secrecy and danger accompanying it.

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LIVING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK

Criminal & Law  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Interweaves the stories of six women who were profoundly affected by the choices available to them prior to the legalization of abortion. The influence of family, friends, and the prevailing sexual mores of the period are explored through each woman's discussion of her pregnancy and sense of choice.

LUISA CAPETILLO: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE
LUISA CAPETILLO: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Media Studies  Puerto Rican Studies  Spanish Language  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Dramatizes the life and work of Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922), a Puerto Rican journalist, writer, suffragist, and labor organizer.

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MISS...OR MYTH?

American Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

Examines beauty pageants and the images of women they promote, allowing both pageant supporters and protestors to express their viewpoints. The film focuses on the Miss California Beauty Pageant and the emotionally charged debate that has occurred in recent years.

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THE FLAPPER STORY

American Studies  American History  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Offers a lively mixture of contemporary interviews and archival film footage in a thoughtful examination of the social phenomenon of the `flapper,' the provocative `New Woman' of America's Roaring '20s.

LAURA CLAY: VOICE OF CHANGE
LAURA CLAY: VOICE OF CHANGE

American Studies  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

A biographical profile of Laura Clay (1849-1941), a key figure in the Women's Rights Movement who devoted her life to the struggle for equal educational opportunities, child custody rights, equal pay for equal work, and the right to vote.

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FROM MY GRANDMOTHER'S GRANDMOTHER UNTO ME

American History  American Studies  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

The storytelling tradition of the southern Appalachians comes to life through actress/writer Clarinda Ross's portrayal of four generations of her maternal ancestors.

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COUNTERCLOCKWISE

Short Films  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This short drama describes the twenty-year friendship of four lively but vastly different women who gather for a three-day reunion after having drifted apart over the years.

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MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the increasing participation of women in motorcycle riding, whether as hobby or profession. Produced by two women motorcyclists, the video interviews women involved in both amateur and professional motorcycle sports-including drag, sidecar and road racing, hill climbing, motocross competition, and trials riding-as well as motorcycle hobbyists.

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RAISING FACE: A MENSTRUAL JOURNEY

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Health  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Features intimate discussions among women, as well as a class of fourth and fifth grade girls, about their menstruation experiences and their difficulties in talking about their periods.

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BIRTH STORIES

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Women's Studies  Medicine  Directed by Women 

This series of funny and frank interviews, in which women tell their personal stories of pregnancy and birth, is intercut with black and white footage of actual births.

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BETWEEN US

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This video, conceived and produced by breast cancer survivors, will serve as an emotional first-aid kit for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients during the frightening time period immediately following diagnosis. The women interviewed provide a range of emotional reactions and ideas for coping with the trauma and treatment from the perspective of long-term survivors.

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BREAST CANCER: LET'S GET PERSONAL

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the risk factors of this widespread and deadly disease, explains breast anatomy and cancer symptoms, interviews women whose lives have been affected by it and doctors involved in treating it, and also demonstrates breast self-examination techniques and their importance in early detection.

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I WITNESS: shot down in pensacola

American Studies  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Terrorism Studies  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays religious terrorism in Pensacola, Florida, which has become the epicenter of the national debate over abortion, including a 1984 clinic bombing, the 1993 murder of a clinic physician, and the 1994 murder of another clinic physician and his escort.

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MISGUIDANCE

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Sociology  Health  Directed by Women 

This video, focusing on the experience of a frightened teenager, exposes the deceptive practices of so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," which advertise themselves as women's health clinics, but which are actually staffed by anti-abortion volunteers who use misinformation and scare tactics to dissuade women from having abortions.

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IN BAD FAITH

Criminal & Law  Health  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This video exposes the deceptive activities of so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," which advertise themselves as women's health clinics. These Centers are not staffed by medical personnel but by trained anti-abortion volunteers who use misinformation and scare tactics to dissuade women from having abortions.

SEE ME: FIVE YOUNG LATINAS
SEE ME: FIVE YOUNG LATINAS

American Studies  Education  Latino Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

Five teen-aged Latinas living in San Francisco's Mission District-most of them recent immigrants from Mexico or other Central American countries-talk frankly about their lives, from discrimination and school , to friends and family relationships, experiences with gang activity and violence, and plans for the future. Their comments are blended with footage of neighborhood life and other activities to provide meaningful insights into the everyday lives of young Hispanic women in the U.S. today.

THE FORGOTTEN GRAVE
THE FORGOTTEN GRAVE

American History  American Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

This video tells the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, a 20-year-old woman who, disguised as a man, enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. She initially worked as a male nurse, later disguised herself as a black soldier and a woman refugee and engaged in espionage work behind enemy lines, and fought as a soldier in battles at Antietam and Fredericksburg, among others.

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STILETTO

Health  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines the high-heeled pump and why so many women continue, despite the physical discomfort and damage, to wear these outrageous shoes.

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