Films by Topic
We have 77 films related to ‘Women’:
- Enough Crying of Tears: The Story of the Comadres, video, 1986, 30mins.*
- An inspiring presentation of the Comadres, the mothers of the disappeared in El Salvador, who have received five international awards for their courageous human rights work in El Salvador. Interweaves statistics on government repression in El Salvador, history of the Comadres, interviews with some of the mothers, footage of demonstrations held by the Comadres, a blistering interview with Archbishop Romero just before his death, information about the heavy bombing of civilians, information on the work of the Comadres in the face of government intimidation and interviews with victims of the bombing and human rights abuses. The determination of these women is very moving. Unfortunately, there are two historical inaccuracies that the presenter can correct before the showing with information provided. Produced by the Comadres support group in the U.S.
- Fedefam, video, 1991*, 43 mins.
- This powerful portrait of Latin American women organizing across national borders to find their relatives "disappeared" by various military-dominated regimes is highly recommended for any group interested in human rights, women's struggle against violence, Latin America and the struggle for a more just world. Connects the problem of "the disappeared" with political repression used to maintain structural injustice and with the doctrine of national security. Also connects the problem of the disappeared and political repression with U.S. foreign policy and the imposition of the debt. The callousness and cynicism of the military is portrayed effectively by letting military officials speak for themselves. Rave reviews! Filled with inspirational footage of mothers organized against political repression. Music from Latin America makes you feel like you are present at the marches. A special touch is the use of the popular art from the women to introduce each sub-part of the video. Extremely highly recommended. Also, good with Spanish speaking audiences. Produced by Catherine Russo and Carlota Chartier.
- Forget Not Our Sisters, slide show with cassette tape, 1982, 39 mins.*
- A program on women in South Africa. An overview of the apartheid system in South Africa with focus on the impact of apartheid on black women. Portrays the resistance of South African women historically to apartheid. A section on the role of U.S. companies in supporting apartheid recommends divestment from these companies. A moving and beautiful tribute to the courage of South African women. Co-narrated by Barbara Brown and a black South African woman.
- Fragile Promise of Choice, video, 1996, 60 mins.
- Women attempting to enter abortion clinics to obtain an abortion tell of their experiences of being personally confronted, harassed and intimidated by anti-choice demonstrators. Clinic staff discuss the apathy of the police regarding the obtrusive actions of anti-choice demonstrators. Many interviews with members of the religious and medical community discussing their perspectives on the issue of choice, and the efforts of pro-choice activists to keep abortion legal. Medical personnel talk about not practicing any more because of threats against them and their families. A map of the U.S. is shown to illustrate the dwindling numbers of clinics providing abortions. Important information about abortion laws in the U.S., and the impact of these laws on all women, especially low-income women's restriction to access a safe and legal abortion. Shows the very real danger of losing abortion rights. Excellent information and production quality. Age level: High school or older.
- From Sun Up, video, 1986*, 28 mins.
- Documents the daily life of Tanzanian women as they seek to take their place in their society, which is being transformed through education and the impact of Western civilization. Social values and cultural traditions are being challenged as these women - like all Third World women - reach out for their rightful status. Produced by Maryknoll.
- Genesis 3:16, 16 mm b&w film, 1971, 17 min.
- Early documentary by Boston filmmakers of the beginnings of the Women's Liberation movement in Cambridge, MA. Public protest is contrasted with small group, consciousness-raising discussions.
- Girls at 12, 16mm color film, 1975, 30 mins.
- A subtle critique of the socialization process imposed on boys and girls, this film is a documentary of three girls from the Boston area as they make the transition from the end of childhood to adolescence and the beginning of womanhood. Portrays the role models, images, ideals and stereotypes presented to girls and boys in their ordinary, everyday experience.
- Global Assembly Line, 16 mm color film, 1986, 58 mins.
- "Wouldn't you go elsewhere if you could reduce salaries and get longer hours out of your employees?" This quote by an officer of a large U.S. company sets the theme for this eye-opening expose of the practices of multinational corporations and the impact of their decisions on workers - particularly women workers - in the U.S., Mexico and the Philippines. A very balanced but devastating presentation on runaway shops that vividly portrays the lives of the people who make our clothing, electronics goods and toys. Shows cultural changes and health problems brought about by the setting up of factories in Third World countries. Numerous interviews with executives justifying their policies are juxtaposed with footage that shows the actual effects of their policies. Excellent portrayal of the connection between multinational expansion and repressive governments abroad: As villages are displaced, unions are smashed by security forces, leaders are beaten and the press is intimidated. Shows growth in the consciousness of workers in the Third World. Section on the Philippines gives invaluable background to the Philippine crisis of 1988. Finally, here is the follow-up you've been looking for to the film: Controlling Interest. A PBS production. (PLEASE NOTE: our copy of this film cannot be loaned out for use at colleges or universities. These can obtain the film from NEW DAY FILMS, 22 Riverview Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470-3191, 201-663-0212).
- Growing Up Female, 16mm b&w film, 1970, 50 mins.
- The socialization of the American woman is presented through a personal look into the lives of six females. Their ages range from 4 to 35 and their backgrounds vary from poor black to upper-middle class white. We see in action the many forces that shape women's self-conception: parents, teachers, guidance counselors, media, pop music and the institution of marriage. Good for discussions with teens or adults.
- I'm You, You're Me - Women Surviving Prison, Living With AIDS, video, 1993, 26 mins.
- Women in New York State's Bedford Hills maximum security prison for women come together in a support education group run by inmates. Issues include AIDS, childcare, legal issues, and support for leaving prison. Half of the women released move into a relative's home and have an average of only $50 in cash when released. The video ends with an illustration of the positive effects of women sharing and supporting each other. Gives concrete examples of how women with AIDS make the transition from jail to community. Good information and production quality. Age level: College and adult.
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