Women's Studies


CODY: THE FIRST STEP
CODY: THE FIRST STEP

Disabilities  Health  Women's Studies  Science  Sociology  Political Science  2009 

Narrated by actress Glenn Close, this heartfelt documentary follows Cody Unser, a remarkable young woman left paralyzed from a rare neurological disorder, as she learns to live with her disability while working to raise awareness, improve quality of life and find a cure for those afflicted with spinal cord related paralysis.

ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY)
ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY)

African Studies  Women's Studies  African-American Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Weaving together sequences of hair-braiding salons in Ghana, voice-over of Oprah rhapsodizing brown-skinned dolls and animated clips of signature hairstyles, Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) is an artfully composed, thought-provoking work that investigates the fraught relationship between images of beauty and power.

THE BEACHES OF AGNES
THE BEACHES OF AGNES

Cinema Studies  Art History  Photography  Women's Studies  Performing Arts  2009  Directed by Women 

A reflection on art, life and the movies, The Beaches of Agnès is a magnificent film from the great Agnès Varda (The Gleaners and I), a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave.

LA CORONA
LA CORONA

Criminal & Law  LGBTQ  Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Human Sexuality  2009  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2008 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, La Corona (The Crown) explores the lives of female contestants in an unusual beauty pageant at a high security prison in Bogotá, Colombia. The film addresses issues of female identity, sexuality, crime and equality.

LUMO
LUMO

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

Filmed inside a unique hospital for rape survivors in eastern Congo, Lumo follows a young woman after a brutal attack on her uncertain path to recovery. It is an intimate look at the widespread use of rape as a tool of political terror across central Africa.

AFGHAN WOMEN: a history of struggle
AFGHAN WOMEN: a history of struggle

Women's Studies  Islamic Studies  Russia  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  World History  2008  Directed by Women 

The tumultuous history of Afghanistan from the perspective of the country's female population, Afghan Women: A History of Struggle chronicles the stories of women who have risked their lives to achieve political, economic, and social equality.

LADIES OF THE LAND
LADIES OF THE LAND

Business  American Studies  Economics  Environmental Studies  Health  Labor Studies  Women's Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

As small farms continue to disappear at an alarming rate, a growing number of women are venturing into this tradition-bound, male-dominated industry - and revitalizing it from within. Ladies of the Land explores the recent emergence of the woman farmer and its connection to the boom in organic agriculture.

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.

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.

MISS NAVAJO
MISS NAVAJO

Women's Studies  Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  2008 

For most of us, pageants conjure up smiling beauty-queen hopefuls parading around in bathing suits or glittery gowns. But most of us have never witnessed the Miss Navajo Nation competition - a unique pageant established in 1952 to celebrate women and tradition in Navajo culture.

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.

THIN ICE
THIN ICE

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  2007 

A surprising and inspiring documentary about breaking gender and religious barriers in India. With no equipment or funding, a group of young Buddhist and Muslim girls work tirelessly to be the first female team to compete in the national ice hockey tournament.

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.

SARI’S MOTHER
SARI’S MOTHER

Women's Studies  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  Health  AIDS  2007  Academy Award Winners & Nominees 

From the director of the Academy Award® nominated Iraq in Fragments, this short powerful documentary follows an Iraqi mother struggling under U.S. occupation to care for her 10-year-old son, who is dying of AIDS.

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.

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.

GOLUB: LATE WORKS ARE THE CATASTROPHES
GOLUB: LATE WORKS ARE THE CATASTROPHES

Terrorism Studies  New York City  Kartemquin Films  Women's Studies  Sociology  Photography  Media Studies  Latin-American Studies  Jewish Studies  Criminal & Law  Art History  American Studies 

An acclaimed documentary on American artist Leon Golub, whose politically charged work calls attention to human rights violations and the abuse of power around the world.

A TALE OF TWO TEENS
A TALE OF TWO TEENS

Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Health  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  American Studies  AIDS  African Studies 

The AIDS pandemic in Africa as seen through the eyes of two young girls, an American and South African teenager, featuring the music of the Dave Matthews Band and U2.

PERIOD: THE END OF MENSTRUATION?
PERIOD: THE END OF MENSTRUATION?

Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Health  Biology  Sociology  LGBTQ  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

Seasonale. Depo-Provera. Lybrel. As pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs that allow women to stop their periods for months and years at a time, this film investigates the social, cultural and medical implications of this popular new trend.

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