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Women's Studies Collection

Our Women's Studies Collection offers a large selection of educational titles from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Among our recent releases, we feature a documentary about the uses and abuses of cesarian section in Brazil, the fascinating story of a former Korean guerrilla fighter, and documentaries about the role of women in hip hop culture. Also, we're proud to present the latest work from acclaimed experimental filmmaker Tran T. Kim-Trang, Epilogue, a moving video essay about motherhood and mourning.

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Gurinder Chadha
1992, 30 min., Color, UK
This humorous and thought-provoking film documents the residents of a South Asian home for the elderly in Britain. Director Gurinder Chadha assists the residents in directing their own video. The result is an examination of politics, ageism, and cross-cultural communication in contemporary British society. Interview subjects range from people on the street to Members of Parliament. The film ends with the triumphant screening of the group's completed film.
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Lourdes Portillo & Nina Serrano
23 min., BW, US
Set in San Francisco, this film chronicles a day in the life of Ilena, a newly arrived refugee from Nicaragua. The beautifully crafted narrative focuses on her adjustment to life in the United States among other Nicaraguans who fled the repression of the Somoza regime prior to the 1979 revolution and the conflicting ways in which they view their past.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
1992, 16 min., Color, US
An introduction to Kim-Trang's video series on metaphorical and physical blindness, ALETHEIA explores the interconnected issues of cosmetic surgical alteration of the eyelids, technology, language, race and gender. This video is a highly graphic examination of dominant notions of normalcy, beauty and their effects and impositions on the body. Part of the Blindness Series.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
2002, 10 min., Color, US
Alexia is an experimental video about word blindness and metaphor. Word-blindness is a condition that usually afflicts people who have suffered a stroke, causing them to lose the visual recognition of individual letters but perceive the entire word, or vice versa. Metaphor is discussed in its function to reveal and obscure perception. Divided into five short sections, the tape draws a pattern with the motif of the finger and the moon to ruminate on language and blindness. Alexia opens with a quote from a well-known Buddhist passage: 'Do not mistake the finger for the moon' It goes on to present Giambattista Vico's theory on the origin of language and Ludwig Wittgenstein's theory on aspect-blindness, and ends with an (fictive) account of Kussmaul's (who coined the term alexia) wife as she experiences word-blindness, or Alexia.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
2002, 28 min., Color, US
Amaurosis is an experimental documentary about Nguyen Duc Dat, a blind, American Asian guitarist living in Little Saigon, California. Dat was a 'triple outcast': blind, Amerasian and an impoverished orphan. Beyond their disabilities, this community of Vietnamese-Americans is oppressed on many levels: language and cultural differences, immigrant and lower income status, and societal misunderstanding and alienation. AMAUROSIS strives to present the life of one member from this unique community and promote his rich contributions.
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Catherine Gund & Jacqueline Woodson
1991, 30 min., Color, US
This is the story of an African American lesbian raised as a Jehovah's Witness whose spiritual yearnings and self-image provide rich material for exploration. Unable to abandon either her religious beliefs or her current lifestyle, she ultimately finds a way to practice her faith within a supportive and nurturing. The video features the gospel music of The Lavender Light Chorus.
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Sarita Khurana & Fariba Alam
2004, 45 min., Color, US
B.E.S. (Bangla East Side) is a documentary portrait of four Bangladeshi teenagers growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City. Initially started as an after-school workshop at a local high school, the film follows Mahfuja, Jemi, Saleh and Maroofa as they travel between home and school, and as they negotiate their lives as young immigrant teens in post 9-11 America.
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Not Channel Zero
Producer: Not Channel Zero
1992, 30 min., Color, US
Black women speak candidly on issues of sex, class and gender roles. The video examines how African American women deal with issues of poverty, abortion, battering and lack of health care, and addresses how women's roles in community struggle and activism are often overlooked or ignored. The video also looks at media portrayals with an emphasis on the representation of Black women in music videos.
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Cara Biasucci
2002, 52 min., Color, Brazil
The World Health Organization suggests a maximum cesarean rate of 15%. Although research shows the majority of Brazilian women prefer natural birth, statistics provide a different story --- 65% - 85% of all births in private Brazilian hospitals are by cesarean section. Many obstetricians attribute this to patient demand, when in fact the unnecessary surgery is more convenient and lucrative for doctors. BORN IN BRAZIL challenges the dominant cultural belief that surgical delivery is the modern, painless way to give birth, and that cesareans are what women want.
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Elizabeth St. Philip
2005, 45 min., Color, Canada
The images are everywhere: young black women shaking their assets in music videos featuring the biggest names in hip-hop. The dancers appear to be pretty props, gyrating to songs with misogynistic lyrics sung by mostly male rappers?images that appear to be exploitative and stereotypical. Yet auditions are highly sought after. This edgy documentary goes behind the scenes to follow Linda, Michelle and Tracy, three young women competing for roles in music videos. What drives these women to risk everything for a chance at fame? What role do these images play in shaping young women’s goals and identities? Through their personal accounts, we see how this world has impacted their personal values, career ambitions and concepts of beauty and self-image.
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Rhonda L. Haynes
2003, 60 min., Color, US
Through the use of first person narrative and rare archival images, this documentary provides a moving glimpse of the women who have skillfully brought scores of children across the threshold of existence. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, this evocative and passionate film celebrates women who have committed themselves to holistic answers amidst powerful misconceptions about the practice of midwifery and virulent opposition from practitioners of Western medicine.
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Felix Rodriguez
2005, 50 min., Color, US
Art, labor and family blend in this intimate documentary about performance artist Caridad De La Luz, better know as 'La Bruja'. Born and raised in the Bronx, this daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants takes the number 6 train to downtown Manhattan where she performs at popular New York City venues. She reads her poetry in Joe's Pub, stages her one-woman show in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and performs at Def Poetry Jam. But opportunities are scarce and she struggles to make ends meet in an industry where 'to keep it real' often means to work for free.
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Diana S. Lee & Grace Yoon-Kung Lee
1995, 29 min., BW, US/South Korea
A gritty look at the camp towns surrounding U.S. military bases in South Korea. This documentary follows Yon Ja Kim, a charismatic 50-year-old former sex worker through American Town, a government subsidized entertainment district for U.S. airforce personnel. Now a missionary devoted to aiding sex workers and running a daycare center for fatherless children, Ms. Kim takes the audience on a journey into her own past.
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Yvonne Welbon
1992, 26 min., Color, US
This is an in-depth interview with filmmaker Julie Dash, whose first feature film, DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, has become a critical and word-of-mouth sensation since its release in the Winter of 1992. Here, Dash discusses the era and the trials and triumphs of two decades of filmmaking by African American women.
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Scott Haynes & Fumiko Kiyooka
1985, 26 min., BW
A synthesis of documentary, dramatic, and experimental styles, this film follows two women recollecting their personal and familial experiences from World War II. One woman recounts the story of an aunt from Hiroshima whose father had been a member of the peace party when the militarist government forced its way to power. Exiled from Japan, they were then interned with Canadians of Japanese descent. The other woman recounts the details of her experience as a young nurse on the morning of August 6, 1945.
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Shari Frilot
1992, 20 min., Color, US
A humorous comparison between female sexuality and cosmic structures, this video interviews five different women on topics such as menstruation, masturbation and ejaculation. The video proposes how sexuality may connect us with much more than just our partners.
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Kit-Yin Snyder
2003, 26 min., Color
A poetically inspired documentary, exploring the conflicts and contradictions of the "cultural statelessness" experienced by a first generation Chinese-American immigrant. It uses a series of first-person reflections and observations examining her passage from young Chinese girl to middle aged American woman. The film exposes the pushes and pulls of how she has come to understand the differences in customs, social values and traditions between her Chinese past and her American present. The film is narrated in a personal essay style that is at times anecdotal, seriously provocative or when appropriate, even humorous.
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Charles B. Brack
Producer: Charles B. Brack, CoProduced with Third World Newsreel
2008, 58 min., Color, US
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
1998, 23 min., Color, US
"I came across a New York Times article about a group of hysterically blind Cambodian women in Long Beach, California, the largest group of such people known in the world. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought about by traumatic stress with little or no physical cause." This tape delves into two histories: the history of hysteria and of the Cambodian civil war. It examines the ascendant quality of personalities that survive great trauma and loss and looks at how individuals normalize experiences and histories of "unassimilatable" pain.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
2006, Color, US
How can we make visible the invisible? How can we "see" our lost loved ones? In EPILOGUE, Vietnamese-American filmmaker Tran T. Kim Trang looks for answers to these questions in the audio recordings of her dead mother, the handwritinng of the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida and the ultrasound photos of her newborn baby. Finding no ready-made answers, Tran invites us to reflect about life and death in this moving video essay about motherhood and mourning. EPILOGUE is the eight and final installment of Tran's THE BLINDNESS SERIES.
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Carmen Coustaut
1988, 28 min., Color, US
A realistic view of a 12-year-old African American girl's voyage through early adolescence, peer pressure, friendship and love. Focusing on society's expectations for young women, EXTRA CHANGE is an excellent discussion film on childhood development, self-image and family relations.
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Camille Billops & James Hatch
1991, 55 min., Color, US
This documentary presents a moving yet unsentimental view of motherhood and adoption. It explores the feelings surrounding the reunion of a young woman with her natural mother 20 years after being given up for adoption. The reunion is between filmmaker Cmille Billops and her and her own daughter. Facing the re-encounter with mixed emotions, Billops interrogates her family and friends as well as her own motivations behind the decision. The result is an original and personal film that challenges societal biases about adoption and offers new insight on mother-daughter relationships.
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Susan Youssef
2003, 35 min., Color
FORBIDDEN TO WANDER chronicles the experiences of a young Arab American woman traveling on her own in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the summer of 2002. The film is a reflection on the complexity of Palestinian existence and the disturbing ordinariness of living under constant curfew. The film's title reflects this, as the Arabic words used to describe the imposed curfew "mane' tajawwul" literally translate as "forbidden to wander." This film is also the journey of personal discovery for the filmmaker, the wanderer who falls in love with a Palestinian man in Gaza.
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Kim Jin Yoel
Producer: PURN Productions
2005, 99 min., Color, South Korea
A fascinating documentary about one of the little known legacies of the Korean War (1950-53), FORGOTTEN WARRIORS tells the stories of women guerilla fighters for North Korea who were captured, held for many years in South Korean jails - then released. Remaking their lives, assessing their past - and still socialist ot the core, this film profiles the characters and lives of these amazing women.
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Julie Dash
1979, 4 min., Color, US
An imaginatively choreographed dance interpretation of the ballad by Nina Simone on four common stereotypes of Black women.
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Sari Dalena
2002, 12 min., Color, US
A critical look at the proliferation of the mail-order bride industry in Asia and its representations of Asian women in the West.
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Kym Ragusa
1997, 12 min., Color, US
In FUORI/OUTSIDE the videomaker, an American woman of African and Italian descent, examines her relationship with her Italian American grandmother. The lives of the two women are inextricably linked to local geographies; family stories embedded in the walls of tenement buildings and suburban landscapes. Personal memories overflow into public spaces, contradictions around race within the family are contextualized within larger conflicts between Italian Americans and African Americans. The foundation of FUORI/OUTSIDE is the powerful bond between the two women, marginalized by color and age, that survives the instability of family, class and ethnic identity.
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Marjan Tehrani
2004, 57 min., Color, Israel
A documentary that follows three women, a Jewish-Israeli, a Jewish-Ukranian and a Palestinian, through their daily lives in the bustling microcosm of TelAviv/Yafo. HER ISRAEL presents a much-needed humanistic and objective eye into the lives of these three women as they struggle to find resolution with their own identities and self-realization in oppressive, chaotic and precarious circumstances.
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Celine Salazar Parrenas
1994, 17 min., Color, US
Ten years after immigrating to the United States, three Filipina sisters move out of the family house and open a sari-sari (corner) store. On Christmas Eve their family meet in the store and share stories about their longings for home, before taking off to work the graveyard shifts at their various jobs. The film portrays the conflicts between the immigrant and U.S. born generations while recasting memories of loss and relocation.
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Maria Binder
1997, 28 min., Color, Germany
A moving documentary about the life and untimely death of Ghanaian-German poet, academic and political personality May Ayim. Ayim was one of the founders of the Black German Movement, and her research on the history of Afro-Germans, but also her political poetry, made her known in Germany and other countries.
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Julie Dash
1983, 34 min., BW, US
Set in a fictitious Hollywood studio in 1942, this elegant drama contrasts society's views of Black women with their self-perceptions. An ambitious movie executive, Mignon Dupree is perceived by her associates as white; she passes. While she is proud of her African American heritage, she considers her own race and gender incidental barriers to her goals. When a Black singer is called in to sing off-camera while a famous white actress lip-syncs in a movie musical, Mignon is confronted with her own complicity in the exploitive system.
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Gurinder Chadha
1989, 30 min., Color, UK
This unique look at Asians in Britain offers first-hand views of second generation Asians, adding archival footage and invigorating Bhangra and Bangla music--traditional Punjabi songs updated with hip-hop and house music influences. From Manchester rooftops to embattled Belfast and the Welsh hills, Asians discuss the importance of expanding "Britishness" to include all kinds of cultural identities. They present different view-points on the roles that race and cultural identity play in their own lives and in British society as a whole.
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Charlene Gilbert
1993, 25 min., Color
A documentary portrait of a courageous African American woman, who after 18 years working at a textile factory in Goldsboro, North Carolina, became a passionate and outspoken leader in a struggle to unionize her plant. As a result of her efforts she was fired, but despite losing her job she continued to speak out about the conditions in her factory and in plants throughout the South.
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Christine Choy & Cynthia Maurizio
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 28 min., Color, US
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Jamika Ajalon
1993, 10 min., Color, US
An experimental documentary exploring the lives, views of people who don't fit or who live outside the definitions regulating race ("i.e. black enough"), gender, or sexuality.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 8 min., BW, US
In January 1968, 10,000 women led a peaceful, march on Washington in protest against the Vietnam War. This film documents the march and raises questions about the forms of protest engaged by women and the role of women in the anti-war.
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Sedika Mojadidi
2000, 46 min., Color, US/Afghanistan
KABUL KABUL documents the filmmaker's journey back to Afghanistan after a 23 year absence. She recounts her struggle to reconcile the different levels of loss that many like her have experienced from the war. Her piece wrestles with the irreconcilable impulses of memory, home, representation, loss, and desire in the face of a 10 year occupation and civil war that has left Afghanistan and its people devastated.
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Charlene Gilbert
1994, 14 min., BW, US
An intimate portrait of an everyday moment, focusing on a young girl getting her hair braided. It opens with a photograph of the filmmaker at age 5 and her voice describing her own childhood hair memories. Archival footage of African American women "doing" their hair is layered over the image of the young girl, drawing the connections between rituals of daily life and historical tradition. The film is a humorous, yet sometimes painful exploration of the issues raised around hair and beauty for African American women.
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Camille Billops & James Hatch
1994, 60 min., Color
Write Billops and Hatch: "Even as late as a hundred years ago, discrimination on the basis of race was considered a natural and even desirable trait for humans to possess. We Americans have tried to ignore it, deny it, suppress it, to contain it, tolerate it, legislate it, mock it, exploit it." Billops and Hatch are catalysts at the center of the film, and like a modern Virgil and Dante, they drive, cajole and lead the film's cast through a tour of the contemporary landscape of racism.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
1994, 17 min., Color, US
The third installment in the series opens with two women who are blindfolded and making love. This visually lush and erotic exploration of blindness investigates questions of desire and power, empowerment and sexuality and AIDS/HIV as symbolized by the sense of sight.
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Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1995, 60 min., Color, US
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Aparna Talaulicar
1999, 30 min., Color, US
"Maid to Stay" is the story of four South Asian Women domestic workers in New York. Elizabeth has been sent back to India because her employers discover she's been talking to a women's group about how badly she's being treated. Shahida has escaped from trouble back home in Bangladesh and cannot return, but longs to do so. She doesn't like the work or being in the U.S. but must stay on. Nahar has been in exploitative work situations and now organizes other women like her. Gurbachan has fought and won legal battles against her former employers.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1970, 5 min., BW, US
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Kara Lynch
Producer: Strange Fruit Productions
1997, 9 min., Color, US
"Time has its own disposition, there's no hurry, there's no rush, the day continues as always." This video travelogue incorporates black-and-white Super-8 landscapes from a bus window, panoramic self-portraits at historic sites and voiceover narration to recreate a marathon 48-hour roundtrip bus ride between Ouagadougou and Accra. The black-and-white countryside transforms from the dusty, arid Sahel of Burkina Faso to the lush, green hills and humid coast of Ghana. Meanwhile our mulatress, lesbian, narrator --white/black/boy/girl -- recounts casual meetings, conversations and coming out in Africa.
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Jamika Ajalon
1996, 12 min., UK
A woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown follows the afroed spirit of a revolutionary past through London's streets: Brixton and Portobello. I used the camera as the means for reflexive analysis of black female subjectivity and performances of resistance in urban spaces, specifically within the context of London's Portobello and Brixton.
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Yvonne Welbon
1994, 13 min., Color, US
Almost 30 years ago, the filmmaker's mother gave birth to twin daughters. For a few months, Welbon shared her childhood with her baby sisters until their father "kidnapped" them. Welbon never saw her sisters again. Through narrative recreations of time and place, the video explores childhood memories of love, loss and family.
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Anita Chang
1997, 14 min., Color
Along with optically-printed home movie and hand-processed Super-8 film footage, the filmmaker incorporates an interview with her mother about immigration, motherhood and spirituality, in search of strength from her mother. The rawness of the interview speaks to the tenuousness of oral history. The film traverses various auditory terrain--young daughterhood, a recurring dream, the interview, and the current state of daughterhood, while the visual treatment offers texture, identity and direction to this journey.
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Yvonne Welbon
1990, 3 min., Color, US
Using a childhood experience of racial bigotry at school, this film looks at the ways in which racism is ingrained in American society, even in the play of children. MONIQUE is a compelling exploration of identity and memory.
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Marta Noemi Bautis
1998, 47 min., Color, US
Maria suspects that her husband is being unfaithful. "And have you thought about AIDS?," her friends warns her. The development of the story is juxtaposed by documentary elements filmed in Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and the United States. Morir por Amor: Latinas and AIDS is a story of hope in the middle of the threat by the increase of AIDS among women. It doesn't present women as victims, but as a active agents in the transformation of their lives.
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Patrice Mallard
1998, 58 min., Color, US
MUTE LOVE is a feature-length narrative film about three generations of African-American women who are trying to mend their fractured relationships. Mavis is a twenty-three year old recovering drug addict who has been clean for a year, but is struggling with an HIV diagnosis. She has not seen her mother Anna in the seven years since Anna kicked her out. Although there is great political and social resonance in Mavis's HIV infection, this story is essentially about a family of women--mothers and daughters who attempt to negotiate their differences.
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Tami Gold & Heather Archibald
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 30 min., BW, US/Guatemala
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LaTrice A. Dixon
1995, 6 min., Color, US
This short is an interrogation of the videomaker's own experience as a black woman working as a nanny for a white family in NYC. Intercutting images of her former place of employment on the opulent Upper West side with photographs of her grandmother who also worked as a nanny and who "raised two generations of white children", Dixon draws on her grandmother's experience in this search for an understanding of the issues around race, gender and class that delineate the historically loaded work she and her grandmother have shared.
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Tanaz Eshaghian
2000, 26 min., Color, US
After the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979, after which 80,000 Persian Jews fled the country. Since then, thousands of young women have grown up in Iranian homes in the United States, where they negotiate the contradictions of their conservative, traditional world at home and the America that lies outside their front doors. This documentary follows the filmmaker as she attempts to reconcile her own independence with the expectations of her parents, extended family and the occasional matchmaker.
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Gurinder Chadha
1990, 11 min., Color, UK
Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, this film is a wry depiction of one of the most central of Indian traditions -- the arranged marriage. As the young Hindu bride, Meena, changes into her bridal sari, her divorced friend, Sita, helps with her clothing and her resolve. Together, the two women examine their different life choices -- Meena's decision to marry the "perfect" choice for her parents both clashes with and compliments Sita's choice to end her marriage.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
1997, 21 min., Color, US
The latest tape in Kim-Trang's eight tape series on metaphorical and physical blindness Ocularis: Eye Surrogates addressing issues of surveillance and technology that allow us to see what we normally can not. Through a 1-800 number publicized nationally, recorded messages were collected of the callers’ fears and fantasies about video surveillance. The video highlights several narratives around video surveillance: a teenage babysitter watching pornography, a racist elementary school bully, a church leader attempting rape -- not to re-iterate the conventional privacy argument, but to engage in a consideration of the desire to watch surveillance materials --the desire to watch something go wrong.
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Camille Billops & James Hatch
1987, 26 min., Color, US
Using interviews and dramatizations, this film achieves a touching and often humorous look at social attitudes towards relationships between older women and younger men. The filmmakers are involved on both sides of the camera as they direct their multi-racial cast in an insightful profile of older-younger relationships. Their subjects are candid and comfortable discussing the joys and problems of loving someone of a different generation.
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Tran T. Kim-Trang
1993, 14 min., Color, US
A visit with seven cosmetic surgeons specializing in eylid alteration, this piece juxtaposes text with consultation footage. OPERCULUM is revelatory of both the medicalization of race and the authority with which it continues to assert its ideology.
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Trinidad Rodriguez
Producer: Trinidad Rodriguez
2008, 17 min., Color, US
“Some people have said to me that I am in disobedience, and because of that I’m in sin. We are not in sin, we are fighting for our rights!” --Carmen Villegas, parishioner and protest organizer
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Sonja de Vries & Rhonda Collins
2000, 60 min., Color, US
Convicted of the 1983 U.S. Capitol Bombing, and "conspiring to influence, change, and protest policies and practices of the United States government through violent and illegal means", Laura Whitehorn, an out lesbian and one of six defendants in the Resistance Conspiracy Case, spent 14 years in prison. "OUT" is the story of her life and times: five tumultuous decades of struggle for freedom and justice. Whether you agree or disagree with radical left politics, this is a documentary that will challenge you to think about what you might be willing to risk for your own beliefs.
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Maureen Blackwood
Producer: Sankofa Film and Video Collective
1988, 30 min., Color, UK
This fast-paced examination of Black women's struggles to assert their own positive self-images features two female characters who seem to represent archetypical extremes. The film is a visual feast, set up as a series of scenes and dialogues between poles of dark and light complexions. The women act out ways in which Black women challenge archaic values associated with hair texture, skin tone and the like. Grounded in a fresh, witty script, the film tackles serious issues with assistance from the Wee Papa Girl Rappers.
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Yuko Edwards
1997, 26 min., Color, US
Follow one woman's search for the Hottentot Venus, the legendary link between ape and human and icon of black female subjectivity. Edwards's film explores the construction of race through both scientific discourse on the body (as a body is graphically exposed for the camera by a forensic pathologist) and personal narratives by women who have struggled with the health care system.
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Cyrille Phipps
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1992, 10 min., Color, US
In keeping with the doctrines of Wall Street and Madison Avenue, sex sells rap music. In this video, Black youth examine the ways women of African descent are frequently portrayed in rap lyrics and music videos. Hip-hop riffs and clips from rap videos illustrate interviews with young rap enthusiasts, art critics, activists and rapper "Sista Souljah". Excellent for discussions on sexism, gender roles, and sexuality.
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Maori Karmael Holmes
2005, 45 min., Color, US
Right from the beginning of the hip hop movement, Philadelphia's artists have made major contributions as emcees, grafitti artists, dancers, and especially as deejays. Native talents such as Will Smith, The Roots and Eve have made great strides domestically and internationally. But somehow Philly still doesn't get the kind of props that L.A. or even Atlanta does, despite its unique proliferation of women emcees, vocalists, poets and deejays. Scene Not Heard seeks to tell the story of these women--the legends and the ingenues--as they struggle to succeed in a male-dominated industry.
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Arthur Dong
Producer: DeepFocus Productions
1983, 14 min., BW
This intimate document of Dong's mother's life is essential viewing for those who want to understand more about Asian women who immigrated to the U.S. from China. Through home movies, family snapshots, and rare archival footage, it weaves a loving tapestry of his mother's efforts to build a new life in America. "I'm just a sewing woman," says Zem Ping Dong. But as a Chinatown garment worker, she single-handedly brought her entire extended family to America in an era of tight immigration quotas. SEWING WOMAN earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Documentary in 1984.
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J.T. Takagi
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 7 min., Color, US
Toni Blackman and the FreeStyle Union are challenging the male dominated world of hip hop and empowering women to speak their minds in freestyle workshops. This music video/documentary hopes to promote a movement of female MCs. Part of the Call for Change Series.
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Yvonne Welbon
1993, 30 min., Color, US
A thirty-something black lesbian reflects on falling for her best friend in junior high. Set in the '70's and '90's, this is a delightful tale of love and friendship. Welbon incorporates recreated flash-backs and real reminiscences, mixes media and styles, and throws in an original tune that embodies the essence of young love.
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Ricardo Lobo
2003, 50 min., Color, US
THE SISTERS OF LADAKH is an inquiry into the feminine vision of Buddhism. Filmed on location in Ladakh, on the Himalayan border between India and Tibet, this one hour documentary features stunning photography and compelling testimonies of Tibetan nuns. THE SISTERS OF LADAKH documents their daily activities in an intimate and candid way, encompassing both their religious practices and the interaction with local communities. The nuns also discuss the condition and role of women in Buddhism, the current efforts to overcome gender prejudices and the challenges that lie ahead to build a compassionate world both at the local and global levels.
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Gil Gavreau
2003, 25 min., Color, Canada
In 1923, the Canadian government passed the infamous Exclusion Act, which barred all Chinese immigration to Canada for 24 years and required all Chinese-Canadian citizens to carry an identification card. Jean Lumb was one of those Canadians, and this documentary is her story. Jean worked much of her life to have this law changed, and in 1976, she was the first Chinese-Canadian ever to receive an Order of Canada. In 1995 irony and life came full circle for Jean Lumb when she became a citizenship judge, swearing in new Canadian citizens.
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Hima B.
1994, 59 min., Color, US
This documentary offers a unique perspective on sex work from the lesbian point of view. Through interviews, erotica, and archival footage, the videomaker explores the lives of lesbian strippers, prostitutes and dancers, including author, activist and femme fatale Annie Sprinkle. The women share the perspectives and insights they have gained working in this predominantly heterosexual and male dominated industry. Positive, funny and provocative, STRAIGHT FOR THE MONEY interrogates the interconnections between feminism, sexual empowerment, desire and cold, hard cash.
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Camille Billops & James Hatch
2002, 56 min., Color, US
With this film, Camille Billops completes her family's trilogy - three documentaries that cover more than thirty years: "Suzanne Suzanne", shown in the New Director's series at the Museum of Modern Art in 1982 revealed how abuse of Suzanne by her father led to her drug addiction. "Finding Christa", winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1992, told how Camille's unwanted pregnancy led her to put Christa up for adoption and how Christa returned twenty years later to confront her mother.
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Camille Billops & James Hatch
1982, 30 min., BW, US
This poignant documentary profiles a young black woman's struggle to confront the legacy of a physically abusive father and her headlong flight into drug abuse. Suzanne, after years of physical and psychological abuse, is compelled to understand her father's violence and her mother's passive complicity, who suffered at her husband's hands as well, as the keys to her own self-destruction. After years of silence, Suzanne and her mother are finally able to share their painful experiences with each other in an intensely moving moment of truth.
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Honor Ford-Smith & Harclyde Walcott
1985, 45 min., Color, Jamaica
A popular Jamaican women's troupe uses improvisation and theater as consciousness-raising tools for both rural and urban audiences. Their performances speak directly to the daily experiences of women--the least empowered workers, who labor long hours for low wages with no benefits or rights to organize for better conditions. Using role-play and interviews with female cane workers, the collective develops dramatizations which analyze social issues and pinpoint their concerns.
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Camille Billops
1998, 11 min., Color, US
"My take on slavery: When the Africans boarded the ships bound for America, they carried in their bags all their memories of home. When they arrived in the New World, their bags had been switched, and in them they found nigger, beast, slave,...Many generations later, the children of these Africans toured the Museum of Modern Art to see the sculptures and art of Picasso, Braque and Matisse. Lo! There were the beautiful icons of their ancestors, the images that had been stolen from their bags."--Camille Billops
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Renata Gangemi & Ruben Gonzalez
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1992, 17 min., Color, US
This documentary examines the lives and concerns of Latinas who are members of the service industry in the US. Video maker Gangemi weaves her own experiences as a domestic with those of other Latin American women. The video attempts to break the silence and invisibility they face because of their precarious economic and political status.
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Organization of Asian Women
Producer: Organization of Asian Women
1991, 55 min., Color, US
Through archival photographs, oral histories and folk songs by Nobuko Miyamoto, this video weaves the history of 200 years of Asian women's experiences. It begins with early Asian immigration to the U.S. from China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines and progresses to the 1950s.
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Christine Choy & Marlene Dann
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1980, 55 min., Color, US
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Jaqueline Maingard, Sheila Meintjes & Heather Thompson
1995, 12 min., Color
In 1990, a group of African women protested the unlawful destruction of their homes in the squatter camps of Dobsonville, by the then Afrikaaner National government. In 1995, a group of women filmmakers revisited the women involved in that protest which had brought the South African media to a halt. The women reflect on their experiences of liberation politics and of the social stigma of having protested by literally stripping themselves naked in order to protest their oppression and repel the soldiers.
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Anita Lee
1996, 20 min., BW, Canada
An innovative drama that explores the unique relationship between two Korean-Canadian women. Grace, a second generation feminist academic, and Hyang-Sook, a recent immigrant from Korea. Grace is the translator for Hyang-Sook's immigration interviews and finds herself facing a moral dilemma-- is translating a lie an act of lying itself? The conflict is played out in Grace's psychic lanbdscape. In a role as a kiseang, a female court prostitute of 15th century Korea, she finds herself engaged in a mysterious poetry (sijo) competition with Hyan Sook dressed as a nobleman.
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Janice Ahn
2006, 8 min., Color, US
In the months prior to 9-11, an Afghan woman named Samira Rahman narrowly escapes from the Taliban, losing her family. After settling down in Long Island and beginning a new family, Samira is taken away by Homeland Security agents in the middle of the night. Her husband Abdul, who runs a coffee cart in South Ferry, and their two young boys await news of her fate.
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Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 8 min., BW, US
"Here she comes..." At the 1968 Miss America pageant, demonstrators introduced a sheep as the appropriate winner. This entertaining short film shows how Women's Liberation activists used guerrilla theater to raise awareness of what Miss ca really represents. It is an interesting document of the early women's movement in action.
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Miriam Perez
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 10 min., Color, US
Post 9/11, Wanda Imasuen, a Harlem raised believer in the American Dream, found herself jobless and going to the welfare office. The humiliation of her treatment and the persistent efforts of the women at FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), led Wanda to become an activist and speaker and to recruit other women to empower themselves.
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Shara K. Lange
2008, 60 min., Color, France
"I thought that in France life would be easier—it’s the land of liberty. But it wasn’t like that at all." --Fatima Rhazi
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Yun Jong Suh
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 12 min., Color, US
This short is a poignant and revealing document of the thoughts, hopes and fears of Muslim, Arab-American and South Asian children in the milieu of a country calling for war and unconditional compliance after the events of September 11th. Anxiety gives way to determination and perseverance as each of the children refuse to submit to popular sentiment and prejudice.
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Gurinder Chadha
1994, 19 min., BW, UK
What do you call an Indian woman who's funny in 20th Century Britain? A British performer? A Black comedienne? An enigma? This humorous and comedic documentary, brings the laughs and dreams of four Indian women cabaret performers while posing the questions: What is comedy and who defines it? Is it culturally specific, or can anyone enjoy the joke? Who makes it into the mainstream and why? Does comedy always have to come from a white perspective in Britain to be taken seriously? What -- ultimately, do you call a funny Indian woman?
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Newsreel
Producer: Women's Caucus--San Francisco Newsreel
1971, 40 min., BW, US
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Rory Kennedy & Robin Smith
1994, 60 min., Color, US
Narrated by Joanne Woodward, this video is a comprehensive portrait of the legal, moral and health care battles being waged to improve treatment opportunities for pregnant addicts and women with children. Revealing the human and social problems encountered and social problem encountered by pregnant and parenting addicts who seek treatment, their personal stories reveal the true face of this country's health care crisis.
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Ricardo Lobo
Producer: Chaim Litewski
2003, 52 min., Color
"Women of the Sand" is a documentary about nomad Islamic women in the Sahara desert. Filmed in Mauritania, it follows the day-to-day activities of women, documenting their work, family and community life, expectations and emotions. Filmed in cinema-verite style, with no narration, the non-intrusive camera allows the women to tell their own stories in a candid and intimate way. The stunning photography captures the immensity of the desert and the giant sand dunes which have already covered ninety per cent of the country and are threatening the very existence of the nomadic lifestyle.
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J.T. Takagi & Hye Jung Park
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1995, 60 min., Color, US/South Korea
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Domestic Workers United
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2010, 10 min., Color, US
Over 200,000 women work in the homes of New Yorkers as housekeepers and nannies. Mostly women of color and often undocumented, their work is not covered by labor laws, and for many, the pay and conditions of work are beyond belief. The women are beginning to organize, though, to fight for a bill of rights. As one worker says: imagine if all 200,000 went on strike one day? Wall Street would have to shut down as families had to watch their own children. Part of the Call for Change series.
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Jayne Cortez
2007, 75 min., Color, US
Globalization, now a buzzword in the West, has been a phenomenon that has shaped the culture and politics of Africa and its diaspora for centuries. YARI YARI PAMBERI brings together women from across the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Renowned and emerging novelists, poets, playwrights, performers, filmmakers, scholars, critics, publishers, translators, visual artists, organizers, and archivists define the real meaning of globalization and its possibilities for development.
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Jayne Cortez
1999, 52 min., Color, US
Yari Yari -- Black Women Writers and the Future: An International Conference on Literature by Women of African Descent was held at New York University in October 1997. Yari Yari means "the future" in the Kuranko language of Sierra Leone, West Africa. It was the first major international literary conference of its kind, featuring such renowned writers as Edwidge Danticat, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou, Werewere Liking and Sapphire. The video documents selected scenes from panels, readings, and performances during the conference.
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Sedika Mojadidi
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2002, 12 min., Color, US
An experimental portrait of an Afghan woman in Los Angeles in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center and the war in Afghanistan. Exploring the relationships between image and voice, trauma and memory, the piece focuses on an interview with Zulaikha Wardak, an Afghan shopkeeper who shares her reactions to the bombings and her own memories of war in Kabul.
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