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Sights and Sounds Department Collection and State Library Resources

Women's Issues: Resources on DVD/Video

The Sights & Sounds collection at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center has a large selection of DVDs and videos dealing with Women's Issues. If you are interested in any of these video series or would like us to help locate audio-visual materials on a specific topic, please call us directly at 410-396-4616, fax us at 410-545-7517, or e-mail us at sas@prattlibrary.org

Quick Jump Contents:
Abortion
Biography
Domestic Violence/Abuse
Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation
Feminist Movement/Women's Lib
Gender Roles/Identity
Health (Body ImageBreast/Ovarian CancerMenopausePregnancy/Childbirth)
Rape and Violence Against Women
Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
Women in the Arts (ArtFilmLiteratureMusic)
Women in the Military
Women in Sports 
Women's Rights 
Women's Suffrage Movement 

 

Abortion

Abortion, Desperate Choices (America Undercover series)
This documentary shows pregnant women in difficult situations making decisions about abortion. Follows patients at an abortion clinic through the initial pregnancy testing, counseling, and the abortion itself. Includes the side taken by the pro-life movement and protest marches. (Video, 1992, 67 minutes)
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When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories
Presents the stories of women who had illegal abortions from 1930 to 1960, along with comments of doctors and others who helped them deal with later trauma. 1992 Academy Award nominee for documentary short. (1992, 28 minutes)
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Lake of Fire
A look at the subject of abortion where there can be no absolutes, no 'right' or 'wrong.' Equal time is given to both sides, covering arguments from either extremes of the specturm, as well as those at the center, who acknowledge that, in the end, everyone is 'right' or 'wrong.' (DVD, 2006, 152 minutes)
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The Last Abortion Clinic (Frontline series)
The headlines today are filled with speculation about changes in the U.S. Supreme Court and what those changes might mean for abortion--an issue that has divided the country for more than 30 years. Heated rhetoric from both sides continues to be heard in courtrooms and on the campaign trail. But while attention is often focused on the arguments, there is another story playing out in local communities. Pro-life advocates have waged a successful campaign to reduce abortions in many places throughout the country. By using state laws to regulate and limit abortion and by creating their own clinics to offer alternatives to women, they have changed the facts on the ground. FRONTLINE investigates the steady decline in the number of physicians and clinics performing abortions, and focuses on local political battles in states like Mississippi, where only a single clinic performs the controversial procedure. (DVD, 2005, 60 minutes)
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Leona's Sister (Frontline series)
Tells the story of Gerri Santoro, the real person in the police photograph of an anonymous woman collapsed on a motel room floor, dead from an illegal abortion. (Video, 1994, 57 minutes)
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The Sovereign Self: Right To Live, Right To Die (The Constitution, That Delicate Balance series)
A discussion of the ethics, the role of the government and the Constitution in the issues of abortion, the right to live, and the right to die.
(Video, 1984, 58 minutes)
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Biography

Anne Frank: The Life of a Young Girl (A&E Biography series)
Tells poignant stories of Anne Frank, a young girl whose too-brief life became a timeless symbol of courage, perseverance and hope.(DVD, 1988, 45 minutes)
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Clara Bow: Hollywood's Silent Sexpot  (A&E Biography series)
Program offers a look at the life and career of Clara Bow. (Video, 1996, 50 minutes)
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DNA: Secret of Photo 51
The story of Rosalind Franklin, a scientist whose work was crucial in the discovery of the famous double-helix structure of DNA, but who went without credit for years. (DVD, 2007, 58 minutes)
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Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen  (A&E Biography series)
Examines the life and reign of the woman who ruled England from 1559 to 1603. (Video, 1996, 50 minutes)
 
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Gloria Steinem: Ms. America  (A&E Biography series)
Follows the life of the leader of the modern Women's Movement from a troubled and improverished childhood to the forefront of feminism. (Video, 1995, 50 minutes)
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Great Black Women
Looks at the African-American women who succeeded and made significant contributions in politics, entertainment, civil rights, business, public service, music and sports. Includes: Coretta Scott King, Lena Horne, "Mother Hale" and more. (DVD, 52 minutes)
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In Good Faith: Sister Jeannine Grammick's Long Journey of Faith
Presents the work of Sister Jeannine Gramick, who offers compassionate Catholic ministry to the gay and lesbian community, contrary to official church practice and doctrine. When then-Cardinal John Ratzinger issued an edict that such work was in defiance of the Church and must be ceased on threat of excommunication, Gramick continued her outreach work and during this film attempts to meet with Ratzinger directly. The film follows her on that journey, as well as capturing other moments of Gramick's work and dialogue with the larger community, as regards both her motivations and her efforts to reconcile her own spiritual beliefs with those of the Church. (DVD, 2006, 82 minutes)
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In the Mirror of Maya Deren
Martina Kudlacek's documentary Interweaves excerpts from some of Maya Deren's films with archival footage and commentary by acolytes and contemporaries, such as Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas. Includes excerpts from the films: At land, Ritual in transfigured time, and Meshes of the afternoon. (DVD, 2004, 103 minutes)
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The Life and Times of Sara Baartman
A documentary film on the life of a Khoi Khoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" swept through British popular culture. A year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality. (Video, 1998, 52 minutes)
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Pocahontas: Ambassador of the New World
The legendary Pocahontas was the Native American princess who, at the age of 12, saved the life of English explorer Captain John Smith. Before her death at 23, she had single-handedly forged an improbable peace between two nations. (DVD, 2005, 50 minutes)
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Whoopi Goldberg 
A look at the career of the comic and actress who took Hollywood by storm in Ghost and The Color Purple, but whose off-color language and liberal politics have drawn storms of protest. Whoopi talks in depth and with typical candor about her life. (DVD, 2007, 50 minutes)
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Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation

Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes)
This film by award-winning Togolese director Anne-Laure Folly presents portarits of contemorary women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. It shows that women are organzing at the grassroots level to play a prominent role in Africa's current opening to democracy. Viewers meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation; she explains why in Africa it is easier to oppose this practice as a health issue than as a women's rights issue. Other segments deal with forced marriage, AIDS and economic repression. In French with English subtitles. (Video, Togo, 1994, 52 minutes)
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Fire Eyes: Female Circumcision
Fire eyes explores the socio-economic, psychological and medical consequences of the ancient custom of female circumcision which is performed on more than 80 million women worldwide. In this film, several women who have experienced this "rite of passage" voice varying points of view on perpetuating the practice. (Video, 1994, 60 minutes)
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Moolaade
Set in a small village, four young girls facing ritual "purification" (female circumcision) decide to flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from the mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collé against village traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. Directed by noted Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. In Jula and French with English subtitles. (DVD, 2004, 124 minutes)
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Warrior Marks
Documentary about female genital mutilation in Africa. Includes interviews with victims, activists against female circumcision, and circumcisers. (Video, 1993, 54 minutes)
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Feminist Movement/Women's Lib

Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About PC
Examines five controversial incidents at universities around the country involving conflicts of values and "political correctness."  Cases involve the use of racially insensitive language, gay rights and religious expression, pursuit of multicultural ideals, sexual harassment in the classroom, and radical feminism. (Video, 1993, 86 minutes)
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Gloria Steinem: Ms. America
Follows the life of the leader of the modern Women's Movement from a troubled and improverished childhood to the forefront of feminism. (Video, 1995, 50 minutes)
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A Place of Rage
Prominent black women comment upon experiences of African American women, upon racial discrimination and its effects upon the American culture and make suggestions which they hope will improve the future. Highlights the achievements of African American women in the civil rights and feminist movements. Includes historical footage of civil rights movement in the 1960's. (Video, 1991, 52 minutes)
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Gender Roles/Identity

The Aggressives
This documentary features iintimate interviews with six transgendered lesbians (five African American, one Asian) living in New York City who define themselves as "aggressives." They exhibit masculine appearances and behaviors, but do not aspire to be men. Shows their daily lives and their participation in the underground lesbian "ball" scene, where cross-dressers compete for trophies. (DVD, 2005, 73 minutes)
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Close Your Eyes and Think of England
Offers fascinating insights into the advice given to women over the past 1,000 years and how it has shaped their roles in society. (Video, 1989, 60 minutes) Check for this item in our catalog

Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes)
This film by award-winning Togolese director Anne-Laure Folly presents portarits of contemorary women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. It shows that women are organzing at the grassroots level to play a prominent role in Africa's current opening to democracy.  Segments deal with forced marriage, female circumcision, AIDS and economic repression. In French with English subtitles. (Video, Togo, 1994, 52 minutes)
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Girls In America: Identity and Adolescence (3-volume video series)

  • Baby Love: A diverse group of teen mothers, some as young as 13 years old, speak out on a wide range of topics, including love, virginity, sex, pregnancy, birth, parenting, their families, and their babies' fathers. (Video, 2000, 57 minutes) Check for this item in our catalog
  • Run Like a Girl: The unconventional yet extremely demanding sports of rugby, synchronized swimming, and double-Dutch rope jumping provide the context for teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds to probe the issues of adolescence.  They discuss their feelings of liberation within the strict regimentation of competitive sports, their search for identity and self-esteem while revolting against the stereotyped expectations of others, body image, dating, and the importance of mothers and coaches as mentors.  They also tackle social concerns, including bulimia, self-injury, suicide, broken homes, teenage pregnancies, and crime. (Video, 1998, 57 minutes) Check for this item in our catalog
  • Smile Pretty!: Teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds open their hearts about life as a beauty queen, discussing the pressure to fulfill a societal ideal, the allure of celebrity, and the artificiality of the modelling trade.  In addition, they share incidents of heroism and sacrifice, feelings about their struggle for personal identity, and insights into the mother/daughter relationship. (Video, 1999, 57 minutes) Check for this item in our catalog 

History Lessons
Director Barbara Hammer uses archival footage - some dating back to the 19th century - of sports films, military films, vintage stag reels and lesbian angst dramas, to explore lesbian images from 1896 until 1969.  Focusing on pervading images prior to Stonewall, the film exposes popular representations of lesbian culture. (Video, 2000, 66 minutes)
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Motorcycle Diaries
This documentary follows the on-the-road adventures of Diane Howells and Samantha Schutz as they embark on a journey down the East Coast, filming and interviewing women who love to ride motorcycles. (Video, 1997, 46 minutes)
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Not a Lady Among Us
This locally produced documentary by Lillian Bowers and Matt Pittroff traces the history of the woman's exchange movement with particular emphasis on the Woman's Industrial Exchange in Baltimore. The woman's exchange movement, begun in the 19th century, enabled women to help themselves through the dignity of their work. Includes interviews with many long-time employees as well as other historical background. (Video, 2001, 28 minutes)
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A Place of Rage
Prominent black women comment upon experiences of African American women, upon racial discrimination and its effects upon the American culture and make suggestions which they hope will improve the future. Highlights the achievements of African American women in the civil rights and feminist movements. Includes historical footage of civil rights movement in the 1960's. (Video, 1991, 52 minutes)
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The Powder Room
In this National Film Board of Canada documentary by Anne Kennard, the shelter and intimacy of public washrooms - an all-female private space - becomes a catalyst for women to reveal the secrets of their emotional lives, as they confess their joys, frustrations, and pain about love, sex, relationships with men and friendships with each other. (Video, 1996, 50 minutes)
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Role Reversal
Two men and two women receive intensive training at a "sexual identity boot camp," and live in an apartment together for a month as if they were members of the opposite sex. (Video, 1996, 100 minutes)
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Sex Unknown (Nova series)
Examines how science continues to grapple with the enigma of gender. Looks at the case of a male infant, who was changed (via surgery and hormones) into a girl after a disastrous mistake during his circumcision. Later in life, the patient rejected his female identity. (Video, 2001, 60 minutes)
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Stick Figures
The title refers to a child's rendering of the human form which is genderless until clothed. Tells the story of an attempted gay bashing as the result of a gender misidentification. (Video, 1992, 3 minutes)
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Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women
Discusses the manner in which women are portrayed by advertising and the effects this has on women and their images of themselves. Lecturer, Jean Kilbourne. Cinematographer & editor, Renner Wunderlich. By agreement with Cambridge Documentary Films "Still killing us softly" or any part will not be loaned/borrowed for any purpose to/by any institution, organization, or individual not employed by or enrolled at Western Iowa Tech Community College. (Video, 1987, 32 minutes)
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Women and Money: Owning the Power To Control Your Destiny
The New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, and two-time Emmy winner, returns to inspire women to take charge of their financial futures. Suze shares equips women with knowledge and awareness to make the most of their money. (DVD, 2007, 70 minutes)
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Searching for Debra Winger
This documentary is not only about film star Debra Winger, but also about the trials and tribulations of actresses in Hollywood who have reached "that certain age". Arquette interviews several of her colleagues, all of whom have their own personal horror stories about insensitive producers and casting directors who tend to think of over-40 actresses as being suitable only for mother, "other woman", and "hero's girlfriend" roles, if they bother to cast these roles at all. The women also discuss the difficulties in balancing a successful career and a private life. (Video, 2001, 99 minutes)
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The Women Next Door
This documentary about women in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict explores the roles that the Occupation has designated for women on both sides and the questions it raises..Provides a unique perspective on women's lives in the Middle East and the critical part they play in rebuilding societies ravaged by war. Distributed by Women make Movies.  (Video, 1992, 80 minutes, Public Performance Rights)
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Youth (Arab Diaries series)
Part 2 of this series examining contemporary life across the Arab world  looks at the dilemmas of young women in three Arab countries: Nancy, struggling with traditional barriers inherent in Lebanese society is not supposed to move out of her mother's home until she is married, but she desperately desires independence. Sara is a 16-year-old Egyptian athlete playing soccer, a game traditionally reserved for men. Shahra and Linda perform in an Algerian female rap group famous for social and political lyrics, which has become a unique expression of dissent in the face of a conservative society and Islamic violence. (Video, 2000, 26 minutes)
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Health

See also: Body ImageBreast Cancer/Ovarian CancerMenopause, Pregnancy/Childbirth.

General

Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes)
This film by award-winning Togolese director Anne-Laure Folly presents portarits of contemorary women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. It shows that women are organzing at the grassroots level to play a prominent role in Africa's current opening to democracy.  Segments deal with forced marriage, female circumcision, AIDS and economic repression. In French with English subtitles. (Video, Togo, 1994, 52 minutes)
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Missing Out: Anemia Threatens the Populations of Niger and Tanzania (City LIfe series)
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, and less than a third of the population has access to any health care. Malnutrition remains the main cause of maternal and infant mortality, and well over half of all pregnant women suffer from iron deficiency anemia. In Tanzania, malaria is blamed for the increase in anemia. In some areas, 93 percent of children suffer from the condition. UNICEF believes that the way forward are micromultinutrient pills which contain iron folate and other vitamins. But is this a sustainable solution for these countries? This program follows two traditional birth attendants as they try to persuade women to take iron folate supplements and visit hospitals, which are often prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately, the possibility that donors may pull out of distribution programs is high. (Video, 2001, 28 minutes)
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Body Image

America the Beautiful
Every year Americans spend an average of $12.4 billion on cosmetic surgery procedures. Why are we being conditioned not to like the way we look? Award-winning filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five-year journey to unearth the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection. (DVD, 2010, 104 minutes)
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Badass Supermama (Frameline video series)
Race, gender, sexuality, and adolescent notions of beauty and representation are intimately examined through 1970s blaxploitation movie goddess Pam Grier and her characters, particularly Foxy Brown. The videomaker tries on the powerful, badass supermama role of Foxy Brown, while exploring the space between body and image. (Video, 1996, 16 minutes)
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Dying To Be Thin
Girls wage a deadly battle as they strive for impossible beauty. Go behind the shocking statistics of eating disorders and examine therapies that can help millions. (DVD, 2004, 60 minutes)
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Eating Disorder (Trouble in Mind video series)
Exploration of the complicated aspects of eating disorders, the differences between bulimia anorexia nervosa, signs and symptoms and personal insights. (Video, 1999, 25 minutes)
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Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture
Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this ... documentary, Thomas Keith, Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture. (DVD, 2008, 60 minutes)
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John Bradshaw on Eating Disorders
This series deals with the problem of food addiction and obsessions with weight. Bradshaw offers a unique approach to managing food in our lives and interviews four women who have overcome various eating disorders - obesity, bulimia, anorexia, binging, and what is called the thin/fat obsession. (Video, 1994, 171 minutes)
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Mirror Mirror (Women Make Movies video series)
Explores women's perceptions of their own bodies compared with society's definition of the "perfect" figure. Women of various ages, races, and body types comment about their own bodies and tell how they think others perceive and treat them based on their physical appearance. Distributed by Women make Movies. (Video, 1990,17 minutes)
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She's Safe!
This package of woman-to-woman safer sex videos features a spicy batch of puublic servucve announcements (PSAs) and an international sampling of smart and sexy safe sex educational videos. (Video, 1993, 55 minutes)
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Smile Pretty! (Girls In America: Identity and Adolescence video series)
Teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds open their hearts about life as a beauty queen, discussing the pressure to fulfill a societal ideal, the allure of celebrity, and the artificiality of the modelling trade.  In addition, they share incidents of heroism and sacrifice, feelings about their struggle for personal identity, and insights into the mother/daughter relationship. (Video, 1999, 57 minutes)
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Thin at any cost (Hopkins 24/7 series)
Spotlights the work of Dr. Angela Guarda, of The Johns Hopkins University, and other therapists of John Hopkins Medicine in treating women with anorexia and bulimia. Footage of candid group therapy sessions, which include a 21-year-old with a family history of eating disorders as well as other residents at Hopkins' in-patient psychiatric clinic, provides insights into the root causes of these devastating illnesses. (Video, 2001, 60 minutes)
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Breast Cancer/Ovarian Cancer 

Facing Ovarian Cancer : a Woman's Guide to Ovarian Cancer
Presents information on ovarian cancer. Includes interviews with gynecological oncologists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Covers: symptoms; seeking a diagnosis; prognosis; treatment options; surgery; coping with chemotherapy, hair-loss, and self-image; care and support; follow-up care; recurrence. (DVD, 2008, 120 minutes)
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Breast Cancer and Intimacy
This program explores, with sensitivity and compassion, the emotional and physical impact of breast cancer on a patient's identity as a woman. Covering issues of self-image and sexuality, the video focuses on five couples ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s to illustrate unique and common aspects of breast cancer among different age groups. These survivors and their spouses as well as a surgeon, a psychiatrist, and a counselor speak frankly about being diagnosed, breaking the news to children, surgery, side effects, reconstruction, reestablishing physical intimacy, and the vital importance of open communication throughout the process. Footage of a lumpectomy is included. Filmed in cooperation with the American Cancer Society. (Video, 2004, 54 minute)
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Breast Cancer Legacy: Your Family History, Your Future
Young women who have a family history of cancer confront the stories of relatives that haunt their pasts and explore how advances in genetic science may help them change their futures. (DVD, 2002, 50 minutes)
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A Celebration of LIfe: Rising Above Breast Cancer
Nancy Wilson hosts this video examining the disproportionately high mortality rate from breast cancer among African American women and the three crucial reasons that lead to this outcome: fear, lack of access to health care and racial and economic bias.  It is also a celebration of the lives of African American women who have survived breast cancer and work to educate others about early detection and taking charge of their own breast health.  This documentary spans the country and talks with women who met the challenge of breast cancer and took command of their health needs.  They share their experiences and urge others to be resolute about consistent self-examination, annual mammograms and pursuing medical diagnosis and care when a problem is detected. (Video, 2001, 58 minutes)
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Will Mom Be OK?: Families Talk About Breast Cancer
Two child/family counseling experts discuss how to tell your children you have breast cancer, communicating effectively, managing the daily routine, recognizing a child's distress signals, and dealing with your own emotional highs and lows. (Available on DVD and video, 2003, 48 minutes)
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Menopause

What’s New About Menopause
Case studies of women of various ages experiencing menopause, including new therapies using hormones. (Video, 1994, 57 minutes)
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Women At Midlife (Doctor Is In series)
A variety of women are interviewed and followed as they share both the negative and positive impacts which menopause has had on their lives.  Factors which can help women to achieve a healthy and productive midlife lifestyle are outlined.  Issues related to hormone replacement therapy are dealt with. (Video, 1996,  29 minutes)
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Pregnancy/Childbirth

Baby Love (Girls In America: Identity and Adolescence video series)
A diverse group of teen mothers, some as young as 13 years old, speak out on a wide range of topics, including love, virginity, sex, pregnancy, birth, parenting, their families, and their babies' fathers. (Video, 2000, 57 minutes)
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Birth (Arab Diaries series)
Three interwoven stories: In Palestine Fatima is caught in a cycle of pregnancies because she fears if she does not produce a male child for her husband he will marry another woman. In Baghdad, Daoud is a sick baby born under the international sanctions against Iraq. In a Syrian village Roza, after may years of childless marriage, has learned that her husband has the fertility problem, not her, as she struggles with the traditional expectations of her society. (Video, 2000, 26 minutes)
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Birth and the First Four Weeks (Health VideoLibrary series)
Everything you need to know about the birth process and the first four weeks of a newborn baby's life! You will witness three actual births; a "natural" birth, a birth using anaesthetic, and a cesarean birth. This vital information can dispel the anxiety and fear associated with this marvelous event. (Video, 1991)
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The Business of Being Born
Inspired by their own unique birth experiences, producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein team up to provide a nation of mothers-to-be with insight into the process of childbirth and the various options available when preparing for this special event."--Container. Provides insights into pregnancy and childbirth for parents-to-be. Provides historical insights and comparative statistics for use of midwives and delivery by Cesarean section in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, expressing concern about trends in the U.S. (DVD, 2007, 84 minutes)
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In the Womb
From the moment of conception, every human embryo embarks on an incredible nine-month journey of development. Now, cutting-edge technology makes it possible for National Geographic Channel's "In the womb" to open a window into the hidden world of the fetus and explore each trimester in amazing new detail. (DVD, 2005, 89 minutes)
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In the womb: Identical twins
This National Geographic documentary looks at the embryonic and fetal journey of one of nature's most fascinating reproductive miracles - identical twins. Witness key moments, from the spontaneous splitting of a single fertilized egg into identical twins to their dramatic births. (DVD, 2005, 50 minutes)
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Childbirth, from inside out: Part 1, Pregnancy and the pre-natal period
Explains the role of the motivated person in understanding the intricacies of pre-pregnancy counselling, pre-natal care, and the psychology of pregnancy. (DVD, 2003, 78 minutes)
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Childbirth, from inside out. Part 2, Delivery and the post-natal period
Explains the role of the motivated person in understanding the intricacies of pre-pregnancy counselling, pre-natal care, and the psychology of pregnancy. (DVD, 2003, 72 minutes)
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Having Your Baby!: Lamaze Prepared Childbirth

A complete childbirth class focusing on the Lamaze method. (DVD, 2004, 120 minutes)
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Labor and Birth (Healthy Steps for Teen Parents video series)
Teenage hosts provide information to teenage parents on labor and delivery. (Video, 2000, 25 minutes)
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Labor of Love: Childbirth Class
A four hour childbirth class designed for those parents who are not able to physically make it to a class themselves, or who simply want a refresher course. Topics covered in the class include the physiology of labor and delivery, the stages of labor, breathing techniques, and comfort techniques. (Video, 1999, 240 minutes)
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Post Partum: Caring for Yourself After Delivery
This educational video is designed to give new mothers take care of themselves both physically and emotionally during the post-birth period of intense change. (Video, 16 minutes)
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The Stages of Labor: a Visual Guide
Presents animation of the labor process, live birth footage, and parents' descriptions of their labor and delivery experiences. (Video, 1998, 28 minutes)
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Teen Pregnancy (Schlessinger Teen Health video series)
Teen mothers discuss the problems of pregnancy and motherhood. Adoption and abortion are discussed as options. (Video, 1994, 30 minutes)
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Domestic Violence/Abuse

Codependency, emotional violence, and domestic abuse
This program describes how relationship with codependency, emotional violence, or domestic abuse, can be emotionally and physically damaging and sometimes even fatal. If a person is able to find the strength to leave a negative relationship and seek counseling, the result can be a gradual recovery of physical and emotional health for abused individuals and their loved ones.

Domestic Violence
This is noted documentarian Frederick Wiseman's look at domestic violence in Tampa, Florida. The film follows both police response and intervention and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. (Video, 2001, 196 minutes)
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Domestic Violence and Women
Tells the story of how one woman took action to protect herself and her son from domestic violence. Viewers learn the characteristics of an abuser and the steps women should take to get to a safe house. The basic legal actions that are available to to protect women from an abuser are outlined, as well as types of help available, including support groups. (Video, 1994, 16 minutes, Public Performance Rights)
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Domestic Violence: Faces of Fear
Examines the crosscultural phenomenon of domestic violence and looks at how the medical community, law enforcement agencies, and corporate America are helping to end the silence. Highlights innovative responses throughout the country and around the world. (Video, 1996, 60 minutes)
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Repetition Compulsion
Animation over audio interviews with homeless women and shelter workers.  Based on the filmmaker's experience of working with homeless women with histories of abuse. (Video, 1997, 7 minutes)
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VDay: Until the Violence Stops
Chronicles how Eve Ensler's hit Broadway solo show 'The Vagina Monologues' grew into V-Day, an international grassroots movement dedicated to stopping violence against women and girls. Has been widely recognized as "a celebration of women's sexuality and a condemnation of its violation" and praised as "frank, humorous and moving." (Video, 2003, 73 minutes)
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Sexual Harassment/Discrimination

Bill of Rights in Action: Women's Rights
Uses the case of a high school girl who wants to compete on the boy's team in order to describe and discuss the issues of sexual discrimination and equal rights for both sexes under the law. (Video, 1982, 23 minutes)
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Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About PC
Examines five controversial incidents at universities around the country involving conflicts of values and "political correctness."  Cases involve the use of racially insensitive language, gay rights and religious expression, pursuit of multicultural ideals, sexual harassment in the classroom, and radical feminism. (Video, 1993, 86 minutes)
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Empower Yourself: Saying No To Sexual Harassment
Respecting each other [videorecording] : sexual harassment prevention
Explores gender-based harassment, what it is, and why it is harmful. Students are given guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment situations. Grades 7-12. (Video, 2008, 20 minutes)
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Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture
Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this ... documentary, Thomas Keith, Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture. (DVD, 2008, 60 minutes)
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Handling Dating Pressures and Harassment (Peace Talks series)
Through discussions with high school students across the U.S., Pritchard explores how to say no to sexual harassment and abusive relationships and conveys the importance of building healthy, positive relationships. (Video, 1997, 29 minutes)
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Rape and Violence Against Women

Girl 27
In 1937, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the prestigious and powerful movie studio, tricked 120 underage chorus girls into attending a stag party for its visiting salesmen. When dancer Patricia Douglas tried to flee, she was brutally raped. When Douglas sued the studio, MGM launched the biggest cover-up in Hollywood history. (DVD, 2007, 80 minutes)
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In the Name of Honor (Life series)
Part 21 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. This program explores how oppression of the minority Kurds in the disputed enclave of Northern Iraq has unleashed a chain of violence and crimes often directed at Kurdish women and how Kurdish women are fighting back for their own protection and working for human rights in Iraq. (Video, 2000, 24 minutes)

On Our Watch (Frontline series)
The world invoked its vow 'Never Again!' after the genocide in Rwanda and atrocities in Srebrenica. Then came Darfur. Over the past four years at least 200,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rapes have once more been used as a weapon of war in a brutal campaign by Janjaweed militias and the Sudanese government against civilians in Darfur. FRONTLINE asks why the international community and the United Nations have once again failed to stop the slaughter. (DVD, 2007, 60 minutes)
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Rape: An Act of Hate
Explains the motivations behind rape and attempts to treat rapists, through a series of discussions with convicted rapists and psychologists. Points out that rape is not necessary sexual, but rather a violent act. (Video, 1987, 34 minutes)
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Rape, Not Always a Stranger
Through enactments, a rape counselor and law enforcement officer present and discuss several situations that lead to a rape. (Video, 25 minutes)
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Women in the Arts

Art

Frida Kahlo
Frida began to paint in 1925. Today Kahlo's work is critically and monetarily as prized as that of her male peers, sometimes more so. Learn more about this cultural icon. (DVD, 2006, 45 minutes)
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Mary Cassatt (Getting To Know the World's Greatest Artists DVD series)
Loads of fine-art images and animation introduces America's most famous Impressionist and her friends in this children's DVD created byMike Venezia. Mary and her dog Nipper, walk viewers through her story filled with talking statues; mad scientists; mysterious missing paintings; and great art. (DVD, 2008, 22 minutes)
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Still Kicking: Six Artistic Women of Project Arts & Longevity
Amy Gorman and Frances Kandl journey throughout the San Francisco Bay Area searching for female role models--very old women, still active artists, living with zest. While Amy chronicles their oral histories, Frances is inspired to compose songs. Honors the gift of age, and illustrates that growing old can be a time of creative expression and satisfaction. (DVD, 2006, 32 minutes)
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Womanhouse (Women Make Movies video series)
Documentary on the women who lived and worked in Womanhouse, the Feminist Art Program of the California Institute of the Arts, 1971-72, and on their art.  Features Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Distributed by Women Make Movies. (Video, 1996, 43 minutes)
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Film

Barbara Hammer Program #1 (Frameline video series)
A collection of lesbian director Barbara Hammer's short films. Snow job : the media hysteria of AIDS (1986, 8 min.) -- Endangered (1988, 19 min.) -- Sanctus (1990, 19 min.) -- Vital signs (1991, 10 min.). (Video, 56 minutes)
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Barbara Hammer Program #2  (Frameline video series)
A nother collection of lesbian director Barbara Hammer's short films. No no nooky T.V. (c1987, 12 min.) -- Two bad daughters (1988, 12 min.) -- The history of the world according to a lesbian (1988, 22 min.) -- Hot flash (1989, 20 min.) (Video, 66 minutes)
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History Lessons
Director Barbara Hammer uses archival footage - some dating back to the 19th century - of sports films, military films, vintage stag reels and lesbian angst dramas, to explore lesbian images from 1896 until 1969.  Focusing on pervading images prior to Stonewall, the film exposes popular representations of lesbian culture. (Video, 2000, 66 minutes)
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In the Mirror of Maya Deren
Martina Kudlacek's documentary Interweaves excerpts from some of Maya Deren's films with archival footage and commentary by acolytes and contemporaries, such as Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas. Includes excerpts from the films: At land, Ritual in transfigured time, and Meshes of the afternoon. (DVD, 2004, 103 minutes)
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The Silent Feminists
A documentary of America's first women directors, narrated by Jane Wyman. Profiles Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Kathlyn Williams and Dorothy Arzner. Includes an interview with Margery Wilson. (Video, 1993, 45 minutes)
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Women Who Made the Movies
Although women have been making films as long as men, their contribution has been largely ignored. This documentary attempts to correct that oversight by tracing the careers of such filmmakers as Alice Guy Blache, Ida Lupino, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Leni Riefenstahl, Lois Weber, and many more. Included are rare clips from their films, and the film's score was composed and played by a variety of all-women jazz orchestras of the era. Distributed by Women make Movies. (Video, 1990, 55 minutes)
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Women Make Movies (series)
Click the hyperlink above to see a list of 43 videos by women for women from Women Make Movies, a national non-profit feminist media arts organization whose multicultural programs provide resources for both users and producers of media by women.

Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video
Profiles women active in independent-feminist film and video, including production, distribution and education, whose work expresses a variety of political and esthetic viewpoints. Pt. 1 profiles six women whose careers began in the 1950's and '60's; pt. 2, six women whose work coincided with the emergence of the women's movement in the '70's; and pt. 3, six women whose careers began in the '80's and '90's. (Video, 1998, 83 minutes)
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Literature

Great Women Writers (6-volume video series)
Describes the careers and lives of three women writers. Includes examples of their works and the styles that made them unique in the literary world.

Great Women Writers
Rita Dove
, S.E. Hinton, and Maya Angelou reveal the roots of their passion for writing. (Video, 1999, 24 minutes)
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Music

Cuba mia : portrait of an all-women orchestra
This documentary introduces a most unusual and talented musical group, the Camerata Romeu, an extraordinary all-female classical musical ensemble from Havana, Cuba. The video combines performance, interviews, and documentary footage of the musicians' personal lives. (DVD, 2005, 90 minutes)

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Ladies Sing the Blues
Historic filmed performances of women blues singers from 1929 through the 1950's. Singers are Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Ida Cole, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Connee Boswell, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Helen Humes and Peggy Lee. Includes background information on the singers as well as the performances. (Video, 1988, 60 minutes)
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Radical Harmonies
A documentary film, featuring interviews and performance footage, looking at women's music and how the movement came to prominence. (Video, 2002, 88 minutes)
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Righteous Babes
Women rock musicians and women music critics and scholars discuss feminism and its expression in the work of women rock musicians. Distributd by Women Make Movies. (Video, 1998, 51 minutes, Public Performance Rights)
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Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
The story of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and other pioneering blues women from early in the century. We learn of their vision and their struggle, their pain and their humor. The film recreates the stories of these pioneering women who left an indeliable mark on the music and the heart of America.(Video, 1989, 58 minutes)
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Women in the Military/Women in War

Flame (Library of African Cinema series)
Dramatization of the role of women fighters in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, and of the abuses committed against women and peasants in the military and in Zimbabwean society at large. (Video, 1996, 85 minutes, Public Performance Rights)
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Free a Man To Fight!: Women Soldiers of World War II
Uses archival footage and interviews with women who served in various capacities in all branches of the military: gunnery instructors, pilots, mechanics, code breakers, nurses, flight instructors and others. These women reflect on their lives behind the lines, facing danger from without and often prejudice from within.
(Video, 1995, 55 minutes)
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Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War
In July 1936, a right-wing military uprising tried to overthrow the new, legally elected, democratic government of Spain. Hitler and Mussolini quickly joined the fight in support of the rebel General Francisco Franco. In response, about eighty American women joined over 2700 of their countrymen in defiance of their government to volunteer for the Spanish Civil War, the first major battle against fascism. They were part of the International Brigades' 40,000 volunteers from fifty countries who came to fight for democracy in Spain. The film focuses on sixteen of these women, telling in their own words their stories of courage and commitment to a just cause. The film's narrative includes the words of Dorothy Parker, Josephine Herbst, and Virginia Cowles, as well as the articles and letters exchanged by Martha Gellhorn and Eleanor Roosevelt during the war. (DVD, 2002, 58 minutes)
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The Life and Times of Rosie the Riviter
Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. (Video, 1987, 65 minutes, Public Performance Rights)
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Lioness
Traces the stories of five female support soldiers who served in Iraq in various capacities - mechanic, supply clerk, engineer - and ultimately became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Together, these women's experiences illuminate the emotional and psychological effects of war from a uniquely female perspective. (DVD, 2009, 81 minutes)
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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: the Women's Army Corps (U.S. History series)
Not until May 1942, with the establishment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, were women allowed to augment the US Army. One year later Congress granted full military status to women through the creation of the Women's Army Corps (WAC), and from that time until its disestablishment in 1978, the WAC proved to be an essential component in the U.S. defense effort. (Video, 1997, 30 minutes)
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No Time for Tears - Vietnam: The Women Who Served
Over 10,000 women served in Vietnam as helicopter pilots, doctors, intelligence officers, Red Cross workers, and most often as nurses.  In this documentary, seven women veterans recall their time in Vietnam with eloquence, candor, and insight.  Their compelling stories of courage and of caring will be especially powerful for students of nursing, women's issues, history, and psychology, as well as being a tool for counseling women veterans. (Video, 1993, 59 minutes)
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Pray the Devil Back from Hell
Chronicles the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country. Thousands of women, ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters, both Christian and Muslim, came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. (DVD, 2009, 72 minutes)
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Women in Sports

Breakin' the Glass (Frameline video series)
Documentary about the American Basketball League, the professional basketball league for women players. Includes interviews with co-founder Anne Cribbs and some of the athletes, who discuss what it means for women to finally have the opportunity to play basketball professionally in the U.S. (Video, 200, 28 minutes)
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Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar : the First Ladies of Wrestling
This outlandishly entertaining film tells the incredible stories of the rough-and-tumble women who made their living on the professional wrestling circuit in the 1940s and 50s. Archival footage and contemporary interviews spotlight these superstars. (DVD, 2005, 83 minutes)
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Run Like a Girl (Girls In America: Identity and Adolescence video series)
The unconventional yet extremely demanding sports of rugby, synchronized swimming, and double-Dutch rope jumping provide the context for teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds to probe the issues of adolescence.  They discuss their feelings of liberation within the strict regimentation of competitive sports, their search for identity and self-esteem while revolting against the stereotyped expectations of others, body image, dating, and the importance of mothers and coaches as mentors.  They also tackle social concerns, including bulimia, self-injury, suicide, broken homes, teenage pregnancies, and crime. (Video, 1998, 57 minutes)
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Watermarks 
The story of the surviving members of the Viennese Hakoah sports club women's swim team, a world-dominating competitor in the 1930s. The club was eventually shut down during Hitler's reign, though all the women managed to escape capture. Combines historical footage and contemporary interviews to reconnect the women's lives and memories. (DVD, 2004, 77 minutes)
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Women's Rights

All Different, All Equal (Life series)
Part 11 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Looks at progress in achieving greater equality for women -- five years after the Beijing Conference on Women where government delegations pledged themselves to tackle increasing violence against women. Examines gains in women's rights globally with visits to Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Fiji, New Zealand, Brazil and other nations focusing on crimes against women and achievements by women towards equality. (Video, 2000, 24 minutes)
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Behind the Veil
Describes human rights abuses since the withdrawal of the Soviet forces, as seen through the eyes of women who have survived years of gender and religious intolerance. (Video, 2001, 26 minutes)
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Bill of Rights in Action: Women's Rights
Uses the case of a high school girl who wants to compete on the boy's team in order to describe and discuss the issues of sexual discrimination and equal rights for both sexes under the law. (Video, 1982, 23 minutes)
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Daughters of Afghanistan
A documentary chronicling the struggle for women's rights in Post-Taliban Afghanistan. Award-winning journalist and UNICEF representative Sally Armstrong witnesses heroic women fighting for the cause and the powerful forces that threaten their freedom.. (Video, 2004, 58 minutes)
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Kandahar
Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away. (Video, 2001, 85 minutes)
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Not a Lady Among Us
This locally produced documentary by Lillian Bowers and Matt Pittroff traces the history of the woman's exchange movement with particular emphasis on the Woman's Industrial Exchange in Baltimore. The woman's exchange movement, begun in the 19th century, enabled women to help themselves through the dignity of their work. Includes interviews with many long-time employees as well as other historical background. (Video, 2001, 28 minutes)
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The Right To Choose (Life series)
Part 8 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Nibret is eleven -- and they're marrying her off to a man she's never met. Forced marriage isn't unusual in northern Ethiopia -- it helps to cement ties between families and establish land rights. This program reports on the dissonant voices arguing for change in local cultures -- and calls for reproductive health care and primary education for women and looks at widespread discrimination and violence against women. (Video, 2000, 24 minutes)
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Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934. Program 2, New Women
The second program in a series of 48 films that helped change America. During the first decades of the 20th century no issue was too controversial for movies...from prohibition to abortion, unions, atheism, the vote for women, worker safety, juvenile justice, homelessness and immigration, these films became the catalyst for social change. (DVD, 2007, 188 minutes)
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Women's Suffrage Movement

Iron Jawed Angels
Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were two defiant suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two activists broke from the mainstream women's rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this is no easy fight. Along the way, sacrifices are made: Alice gives up a chance for love, and collegue Inez Mulholland gives up her life. (DVD, 2004, 123 minutes)
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Not for Ourselves Alone: the Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
The documentary by award-winning director Ken Burns presents the history of women's suffrage in the United States through the dramatic, often turbulent friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony. Part 1 covers the years from their youth up to the establishment of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1868. Part 2 spans the period from 1868 to the passage in 1919 of the 19th amendment to the Constitution which gave women the vote. (Available on DVD and video, 1999, 180 minutes)
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One Woman, One Vote (American Experience series)
This episode of the PBS television series American Experience documents the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage which culminated in the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. It illuminates the alliances, infighting, betrayals and defeats that paved the way for victory in the battle for women's right to vote. Historical footage is enhanced with vocal performances, and interviews with historians provide the viewer with both current and historical perspectives. (Video, 1995, 109 minutes)
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