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Abuelas: Grandmothers on a Mission
A film by Noemi Weis, 2012, 28 min., Color

In 1985, the Academy Award® nominated film LAS MADRES: THE MOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO profiled the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the f...

Afghanistan Unveiled
A film by Brigitte Brault & Aina Women Filming Group, 2003, 52 min., Color

Filmed by the first ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this rare and uncompromising film explores the effects of the Taliban...

Africa is a Woman's Name
A film by Ingrid Sinclair, Bridget Pickering & Wanjiru Kinyanjui, 2009, 52 min., Color

AFRICA IS A WOMAN’S NAME provides an opportunity for three of Africa’s leading filmmakers to tell their own country’s stories through the lives of the...

Africa Rising
A film by Paula Heredia, Produced by Equality Now, 2009, 62 min., Color

Every day, 6,000 girls from the Horn of Africa to sub-Saharan nations are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). With fierce determination and ...

After the Montreal Massacre
A film by Gerry Rogers, 1990, 27 min., Color

On December 6, 1989, a gunman entered the engineering building at the University of Montreal and killed fourteen women. This forceful, moving document...

After the Rape
A film by Catherine Ulmer, 2008, 58 min., Color

In 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a rural Pakistani woman from a remote part of the Punjab, was gang-raped by order of her tribal council as punishment for her yo...

Bay of All Saints
A film by Annie Eastman, 2012, 74 min., Color

In Salvador, Bahia, next to one of Brazil’s wealthiest cities, generations of impoverished families have lived in a community of palafitas, shacks bui...

Blind Spot: Murder by Women
A film by Irving Saraf, Allie Light and Julia Hilder, 2000, 87 min., Color

Because murder by women is still relatively rare--only one out of eight murders in the United States is committed by a woman--women's own stories prov...

The Blonds
A film by Albertina Carri, Produced by Barry Ellsworth, 2003, 89 min., Color/BW

Albertina Carri’s second feature is a look at Argentina’s recent history from the perspective of a generation forced to mourn those of whom they have ...

Calling the Ghosts
Executive Producer: Julia Ormond
Directed by Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelincic
, 1996, 63 min., Color

An extraordinarily powerful documentary, CALLING THE GHOSTS is the first-person account of two women caught in a war where rape was as much an everyda...

Canto a la Vida
A film by Lucia Salinas Briones, 1990, 48 min., Color

CANTO A LA VIDA illuminates exile through the remarkable stories of Chilean women, including the assassinated president’s widow Hortensia de Allende, ...

Children of Memory (Niños de la Memoria)
A film by Kathryn Smith Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez, 2012, 64 min., Color

Hundreds of children disappeared without a trace during the Salvadoran civil war. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Sal...

Children of the Crocodile
A film by Marsha Emerman, 2001, 52 min., Color

This documentary tells the story of two young Timorese-Australian activists – one a high profile human rights worker, the other a performance artist a...

The Children We Sacrifice
A film by Grace Poore, 2000, 61 min., Color

Shot in India, Sri Lanka, Canada and the United States, and screened in 18 countries, this evocative, visually powerful documentary is about incestuou...

Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust
A film by Martha Goell Lubell and Barbara Attie, 1999, 57 min., Color

Why would a young person choose resistance rather than submission during Hitler's reign of terror while her world was collapsing around her? In this ...

The Day I Will Never Forget
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2002, 92 min., Color

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET is a gripping feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto that examines the practice of female genital mutil...

The Desired Number
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, 1995, 28 min., 1 in series, Color

THE DESIRED NUMBER uses the Ibu Eze ceremony in Nigeria to highlight how family planning issues often conflict with traditional family values. Nigeri...

Divorce Iranian Style
A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 1998, 80 min., Color

Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circums...

Duhozanye: A Rwandan Village of Widows
A film by Karoline Frogner, 2011, 52 min., Color

During the 1994 genocidal campaign that claimed the lives of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans and committed atrocities against countless others, Daphrose...

Enemies of Happiness
A film by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem, 2006, 59 min., Color

"In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a co...

Everyone Their Grain of Sand
A film by Beth Bird, 2005, 87 min., Color

This award-winning documentary reveals the struggles of the citizens of Maclovio Rojas in Tijuana, Mexico as they battle the state government’s attemp...

Fighting the Silence
A film by Femke & Ilse van Velzen, 2007, 53 min., Color

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s seven year war was the deadliest ever recorded in Africa. During that time, more than 80,000 women and girls we...

Finding Dawn
A film by Christine Welsh, 2006, 73 min., Color

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ci...

Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer
A film by Barbara Miller, 2012, 96 min., Color

Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dict...

Four Women of Egypt
A film by Tahani Rached, 1997, 90 min., Color

Amina Rachid was raised in a non-religious, Westernized, aristocratic household before embracing Socialism and fighting for social justice. Another d...

Girls Still Dream
A film by Ateyyat El Abnoudy, 1995, 24 min., Color

In this engrossing new documentary, award-winning filmmaker Ateyyat El Abnoudy realistically portrays the challenges facing girls in a country where o...

God Sleeps in Rwanda
A film by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman, Narrated by Rosario Dawson, 2004, 28 min., Color

Uncovering amazing stories of hope in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, Academy Award-Nominee GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA captures the spirit of five co...

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
A film by Lisa F. Jackson, 2007, 76 min., Color

Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and the inspiration for a 2008 U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, this extr...

Hidden Faces
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1990, 52 min., Color

Originally intended as a film about internationally renowned feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi, HIDDEN FACES develops into a fascinating portrayal of E...

Highway Courtesans
A film by Mystelle Brabbee, 2005, 71 min., Color/BW

This provocative coming-of-age film chronicles the story of a bold young woman born into the Bachara community in Central India – the last hold-out of...

How Nice to See You Alive
A film by Lucia Murat, 1989, 100 min., Color

On March 31, 1964, a military coup overthrew the Brazilian government. Four years later, all civil rights were suspended and torture became a systema...

I Am a Girl
A film by Rebecca Barry, 2013, 88 min., Color

There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are gi...

I Wonder What You Will Remember of September
A film by Cecilia Cornejo, 2004, 27 min., Color/BW

Cecilia Cornejo presents a haunting personal response to the events of September 11, 2001, informed and complicated by her status as a Chilean citizen...

In My Father’s House
A film by Fatima Jebli Ouazzani, 1997, 67 min., Color

In this beautiful, poetic and deeply personal film, Moroccan filmmaker Fatima Jebli Ouazzani investigates the status accorded women in Islamic marriag...

In the Name of the Family
A Film by Shelley Saywell, 2010, 60 min., Color

Schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez, sisters Amina and Sarah Said, and college student Fauzia Muhammad were all North American teenagers—and victims of premeditate...

Iron Ladies of Liberia
A film by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge, Produced by Henry Ansbacher & Jonathan Stack, 2007, 77 min., Color

After surviving a 14-year civil war and a government riddled with corruption, Liberia is ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ...

Justice for Sale
A film by Femke & Ilse van Velzen, 2011, 84 min., Color

JUSTICE FOR SALE follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” i...

La Boda
A film by Hannah Weyer, 2000, 53 min., Color

In an intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, Hannah Weyer’s new film LA BODA delves into the challenges faced by a community...

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza De Mayo
A film by Susana Blaustein and Lourdes Portillo, 1985, 64 min., Color

This Academy award-nominated documentary about the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 “disappeared” sons and daughters...

Lebanon: Bits and Pieces
A film by Olga Nakkas, 1994, 60 min., Color

LEBANON: BITS AND PIECES is an exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving exploration of the myths and realities of present-day Lebanon, as reflected...

Light Fly, Fly High
A film by Susann Østigaard and Beathe Hofseth, 2013, 80 min., Color

Thulasi, a young Indian woman in her twenties, is literally willing to box her way out of poverty and into a better life. A Dalit or "untouchable" bor...

Macho
A film by Lucinda Broadbent, 2000, 26 min., Color

In 1998, Managua, Nicaragua became host to one of the most publicized and controversial cases of sexual abuse to hit modern day Latin America. At the...

Made In India: SEWA in Action
A film by Patricia Plattner, 1998, 52 min., Color

This powerful documentary is a portrait of SEWA, the now-famous women's organization in India that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor wo...

Made In Thailand
A film by Eve-Laure Moros and Linzy Emery, 1999, 30 min., Color

In Thailand, women make up 90 percent of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. This powerful, re...

Maria in Nobody's Land
A film by Marcela Zamora Chamorro, 2010, 86 min., Color

MARIA IN NOBODY'S LAND is an unprecedented and intimate look at the illegal and extremely dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the US. Doña ...

Mother, Lebanon & Me
A Film by Olga Nakkas, 2009, 70 min., Color

A visually striking meditation on loss and a perceptive political critique, this deeply personal work has two subjects: filmmaker Olga Nakkas’ ailing ...

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter
A film by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2009, 60 min., Color

Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States. But it’s not just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali....

My Daughter the Terrorist
A film by Beate Arnestad, Produced by Morten Daae, 2007, 58 min., Color

This fascinating documentary is an exceedingly rare, inside look at an organization that most of the world has blacklisted as a terrorist group. Made ...

My Heart is My Witness
A film by Louise Carré, 1996, 56 min., Color

MY HEART IS MY WITNESS, by renowed French-Canadian filmmaker, Louise Carré, investigates the status of women in Islam through interviews with men and ...

My Stolen Revolution
A film by Nahid Persson Sarvestani, 2013, 75 min., Color

A student activist in Iran’s 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorial Shah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani fled to Sweden with her baby after Islamist...

New Directions
A 4-part series by Joanne Burke, 1997, 145 min., 4 in series, Color

NEW DIRECTIONS is award-winning documentarian Joanne Burke's series about women's empowerment in developing countries. Each one spotlights the critic...

900 Women
A film by Laleh Khadivi, 2000, 72 min., Color

“The Louisiana Correctional Institute is located in the swamps of southern Louisiana in the small town of St. Gabriel. Built in 1970 to house an incre...

Paradise Lost
A film by Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana, 2003, 56 min., Color

Arab Israeli filmmaker Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana grew up in Paradise (Fureidis in Arabic), a small fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean. One of t...

The Peacekeepers and the Women
A film by Karin Jurschick, 2003, 80 min., Color

Winner of the Arte-Documentary Award for Best German Documentary, this chilling investigation examines the booming sex-trafficking industry in Bosnia ...

Performing the Border
A film by Ursula Biemann, 1999, 42 min., Color

A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital equipment j...

The Price of Sex
A film by Mimi Chakarova, 2011, 73 min., Color

An unprecedented and compelling inquiry, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of traf...

Quest for Honor
A film by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, 2009, 63 min., Color

A searing and necessary documentary, QUEST FOR HONOR, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy® Award nominati...

Red Wedding: Women Under the Khmer Rouge
A film by Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon, 2012, 58 min., Color

The Killing Fields in Cambodia became known to the world but little is known about the struggles of the women left behind. From 1975-79, Pol Pot’s cam...

Salma
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2013, 89 min., Color

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcin...

Sarabah
A film by Maria Luisa Gambale & Gloria Bremer, Executive Produced by Steven Lawrence, 2011, 60 min., Color

Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change. A childhood victim of female geni...

The Sari Soldiers
A film by Julie Bridgham, 2008, 92 min., Color

Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six...

Saving Face
A film by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 2011, 40 min., Color

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary (Short Subject), SAVING FACE is a harshly realistic view of violence against women in South Asia - a...

Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman
A film by Lourdes Portillo, 2001, 74 min., Color

SENORITA EXTRAVIADA, MISSING YOUNG WOMAN tells the haunting story of the more than 350 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Vi...

Sex and the Sandinistas
A film by Lucinda Broadbent, 1991, 25 min., Color

Nicaragua is known for the Sandinista Revolution, an inspiring struggle for national liberation. What has never been told before is the story of how ...

Sidet: Forced Exile
A film by Salem Mekuria, 1991, 60 min., Color

During the past two decades, more than two million refugees have left Ethiopia. Famine, poverty and political strife as well as the religious persecut...

Something Like a War
A film by Deepa Dhanraj, 1991, 52 min., Color

SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is a chilling examination of India’s family planning program from the point of view of the women who are its primary targets. It...

3 Times Divorced
A film by Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana, 2007, 74 min., Color

How does a Palestinian woman in Israel survive an abusive husband? When Gaza-born Khitam’s abusive Arab Israeli husband divorces her and gains custody...

Unfinished Diary
A film by Marilu Mallet, 1986, 55 min., Color

In this moving docudrama, Chilean emigre Mallet struggles to make a film about her experience of profound isolation. Her English speaking husband, a p...

Ventre Livre
A film by Ana Luiza Azevedo, 1995, 45 min., 3 in series, Color

VENTRE LIVRE paints a grim picture of reproductive rights for millions of women in Brazil today. One in every four women of child-bearing age has bee...

The Vienna Tribunal
A film by Gerry Rogers, 1994, 48 min., Color

Highlights of moving personal testimonies at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Rights-held in conjunction with U.N. World Conference on Hum...

War Takes
A film by Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia Castaño, 2002, 78 min., Color

With conflicts raging on nearly every continent, war now regularly transcends the battlefield into everyday life - whether its increased security at a...

Warrior Marks
A film by Pratibha Parmar
Executive produced by Alice Walker
, 1993, 54 min., Color

WARRIOR MARKS is a poetic and political film about female genital mutilation from the director of A PLACE OF RAGE, presented by the Pulitzer Prize win...

Weapon of War
A film by Femke & Ilse van Velzen, 2009, 59 min., Color

In no other country has sexual violence matched the scale of brutality reached in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During nearly two decades of...

Women in Struggle
A film by Buthina Canaan Khoury, 2004, 56 min., Color

WOMEN IN STRUGGLE presents rare testimony from four female Palestinian ex-detainees who disclose their experiences during their years of imprisonment ...

New Directions: Women of Thailand
A film by Joanne Burke, 1997, 26 min., Color

In Klong Toey, Bangkok's largest slum, Duang Prateep, a foundation created and run entirely by women provides empowering choices and role models to th...

Women's Lives and Choices
Produced by Daniel Riesenfeld for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1995, 200 min., 3 in series, Color

This important and timely series deals with women's health and the social, cultural and economic factors underlying reproductive choices. VENTRE LIVR...

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