Directed by Women


TWELVE CANOES
TWELVE CANOES

Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  Cultural Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

An extraordinary and exquisite work of anthropology, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer, Twelve Canoes paints a vivid portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia.

THE FALL OF WOMENLAND
THE FALL OF WOMENLAND

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Cultural Studies  Sociology  2010  Directed by Women 

A fascinating documentary on the unique sexual culture of the Mosuo people, a small minority situated in the southwest of China, and one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in the world. The Fall of Womenland explores their history and present reality as well as the dangers that threaten their inherited way of life.

THE GOOD MOTHER
THE GOOD MOTHER

Women's Studies  American Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

Every year, mothers from all over America leave their families and homes behind (albeit briefly) to compete in the "Mother of the Year" pageant - in the hope of becoming the reigning representative of American motherhood. A surprising documentary that both explodes and reinforces feminist ideals.

GARBAGE DREAMS
GARBAGE DREAMS

Environmental Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Labor Studies  Urban Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

For generations, Cairo has relied on the Zabelleen or "garbage people" to collect the city's trash - resulting in the world's most efficient recycling program. A multiple award-winning documentary, Garbage Dreams considers the environmental and social repercussions when the city suddenly decides to outsource their trade to multinational waste disposal companies.

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.

O'ER THE LAND
O'ER THE LAND

American Studies  Sociology  Media Studies  2009  Directed by Women 

Taking its title from the last line in the first stanza of the National Anthem, O'er The Land is a haunting meditation on the connection between patriotism and violence in American culture. It raises timely questions about the hallowed concept of freedom, including how its evolved since 1776 and what it means to Americans today.

WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN
WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN

2009  Urban Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Education  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the young children of Singleton Charter Middle School, the first school to open in New Orleans after Katrina, have created a revealing portrait of urban youth at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.

THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES
THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES

Architecture  Urban Studies  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Part city symphony, part visual poem, The Solitary Life of Cranes explores the invisible life of a city, its patterns and hidden secrets, seen through the eyes of crane drivers working high above its streets. Referencing both Ruttmann and Vertov as well as Jane Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," it's a beautiful meditation on how our existence is shaped by the spaces we inhabit.

SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR
SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR

Asian Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  2009  Directed by Women 

In the background of the war in Iraq is an invisible army made up of more than 30,000 low-wage workers from South and Southeast Asia. Someone Else's War is the first documentary to investigate this new underclass created by American warfare and examine what it means to globalize the business of war.

TONGZHI IN LOVE
TONGZHI IN LOVE

LGBTQ  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  Human Sexuality  Health  2009  Directed by Women 

An intimate and beautiful documentary that looks at what it's like to be gay in modern China, from the filmmakers of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District.

FAIRYTALE OF KATHMANDU
FAIRYTALE OF KATHMANDU

LGBTQ  Anthropology  Asian Studies  Irish Studies  Literature  2009  Directed by Women 

When a filmmaker accompanies a celebrated, openly gay poet on one of his many trips to Nepal - where he is revered for his philanthropy and generosity towards young men - she discovers all is not what it seems. A thought-provoking documentary about exploitation, sexual tourism and the developing world.

ODD ONES OUT
ODD ONES OUT

LGBTQ  Human Sexuality  2009  Directed by Women 

Odd Ones Out documents four years in the courageous lives of three transgender teens, Naomi, David and Tot, as they transition into adulthood and face life-altering events.

A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square
A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square

LGBTQ  Aging / Gerontology  Urban Studies  Architecture  2009  Directed by Women 

What does it mean to be gay and old in America? A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square addresses this issue by following the construction and development of the country's first affordable housing facility for LGBT seniors.

WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA
WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Literature  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Don Quixote, Les Misérables, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The practice of reading classic works of literature to workers at cigar factories dates back to the mid-1800s. With a Stroke of the Chaveta explores this rich tradition that continues to flourish in Cuba.

THE BETRAYAL
THE BETRAYAL

Cultural Studies  2009  New York City  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Urban Studies  Political Science  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

2009 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal examines the collateral impact of America's secret war in Laos during Vietnam by chronicling one family's extraordinary journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York.

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.

WHY DEMOCRACY? (series)
WHY DEMOCRACY? (series)

Political Science  2009  Directed by Women 

A landmark collection of ten documentary films by ten renowned filmmakers, Why Democracy? explores questions of modern democracy in the 21st century. The set includes the educational version of Taxi to the Dark Side, 2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature.

IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA
IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA

African Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Criminal & Law  2009  Directed by Women 

On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President of Liberia, the first elected female head of state in Africa. With unprecedented access, Iron Ladies of Liberia follows her historic first year in office.

DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT
DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT

Islamic Studies  Cultural Studies  Political Science  2009  Directed by Women 

What are the implications for democracy in Pakistan? Before his sudden resignation, President Musharraf agreed to discuss these issues over dinner at his official residence, the Army House. Supplemented by a diverse range of interviews, this documentary provides an important study of today's Pakistan.

EGYPT: WE ARE WATCHING YOU
EGYPT: WE ARE WATCHING YOU

Islamic Studies  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Political Science  Religion & Spirituality  African Studies  Media Studies  2009  Directed by Women 

From the director of the acclaimed Al-Jazeera documentary Control Room, this extremely prescient and insightful film shows how three women activists used digital cameras and a website to expose widespread fraud and violence in the country's last presidential elections - in which Mubarak won with 88.6% of the vote.

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