The following is a topical list of Women’s Studies Films available in Drew’s Media Resource Center. Click on a topic from the box on the right to see a list of relevant films and their descriptions.

African American/African Studies

Alice Walker

  • Dir. Matteo Bellinelli, 1992. Dist. by California Newsreel, 30 min., black and white.
  • Alice Walker discusses her life, contemporary America, the “womanist” perspective, and reads from her poetry.

The American Experience: Ida B. Wells – A Passion for Justice

  • 1989. Dist. by WGBH Educational Foundation, 60 min.
  • A documentary on the African-American woman journalist who was a prominent fighter against racism and sexism and founded the first anti-lynching society in the world. Toni Morrison reads from Wells’s works in this film, which includes interviews and photographs.

Covered

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1990. Dist. by Tania Kamal-Eldin, 25 min. In English with parts in Arabic with English subtitles.
  • This documentary examines the reasons behind the increased veiling occurring in Egypt. Intimate interviews set against a backdrop of compelling footage reveal the complex motives of Egyptian women choosing to wear veils.

Daughters of the Dust

  • Dir. Julie Dash, 1992. Dist. by Kino International, 113 min.
  • Story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century.

A Door On the Sky

  • Dir. Faridah bin al-Yazid, 1989. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 107 minutes. In Arabic and French, subtitles in English.
  • A young woman struggles between her Morroccan heritage and adopted French culture. Social commentary on issues relating to the NorthAfrican-French culture clash.

Ethnic Notions

  • Dir. Marlon Riggs, 1986. Dist. by California Newsreel, 58 min.
  • Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and their role in political and social conflicts concerning race.

Eve’s Bayou

  • Dir. Kasi Lemmons, 1997. Dist. by Trimark Home Video, 108 min.
  • Roz Batiste is a beautiful and dedicated mother of three, who is forced to admit that her family is falling apart due to her philandering husband Louis. Her younger daughter, Eve, witnesses one of her father’s infidelities. Unable to find the understanding she is looking for Eve decides to take matters into her own hands.

Fighting For Our Lives

  • 1990. Dist. by Center for Women Policy Studies, 29 min.
  • Portrays the strengths and strategies of women of color who are leaders in confronting HIV disease. Presents images of self-empowerment by describing six women-led programs in various parts of the U.S.

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1990. Dist. by California Newsreel, 114 minutes. In Bambara with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts two Malian women who struggle to control their lives in a patriarchal traditional society. Sissoko uses stock characters in Malian folk tradition to satirize men in the story.

Freedom Bags

  • Dir. Stanley Nelson, 1990. Dist. by Filmmakers Library, 32 min.
  • This documentary explores the lives of African-American women who migrated North from the rural South during the first three decades of the twentieth century. With little education and scarce jobs, most became domestic workers. Interviews with former domestic workers, photographs, and footage discuss their encounters with racism, sexual harassment, separation from loved ones, and forming relationships with other workers.

In Search of the American Dream: Inspirations

  • Dir. Robert E. Frye, 1990. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 52 min.
  • In this documentary Haskell Ward interviews African-American leaders of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. They discuss and look for solutions to the issues of urban violence, crime, child care, teenage pregnancy, economic inequities, and community development.

Living Images: A Woman’s Work

  • 1993. Dist. by Telecine, 30 min.
  • This film follows the progress of several UNICEF cooperatives in upper Egypt, funded by loans that women themselves back. The women create self-sufficient work projects by training each other in various crafts.

The Long Walk Home

  • Dir. Richard Pearce, 1993. Dist. by Miramax, 98 min.
  • This feature film stars Whoopi Goldberg as a domestic worker who takes part in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, although she must walk nine miles every day to the home of her employer, played by Sissy Spacek. The film explores the subjects of race, labor, and the relationships between women, men, and children.

Mandela Masai Women

  • Dir. Chris Curling, 1975. Dist. by Films Inc., 52 min. 8 sec. In English and Masai with English subtitles.
  • The work of anthropologist Melissa Llewelyn-Davies explores the world of Masai women: circumcision, marriage, companionship with co-wives, and heavy labor in a society in which women cannot hold property.

Toni Morrison: A Conversation With Toni Morrison

  • Dir. Matteo Bellinelli, 1992. Dist. by California Newsreel, 25 min.
  • Morrison reads from her two novels, Beloved [and] Jazz and discusses her views of the contributions made to American literature by the experiences of African Americans.

My Heart is My Witness

  • Dir. Louise CarreIn, 1996. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 56 min. French with English subtitles.
  • Dramatization of correspondence and interviews with women from Africa and the Middle East about the condition of women in their countries.

Gloria Naylor : A Conversation With Gloria Naylor

  • Dir. Matteo Bellinelli, 1992. California Newsreel, 21 min. In black and white.
  • Gloria Naylor reads from her works and discusses the value and difficulty of maintaining an African American identity in a world dominated by whites.

On My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner

  • Dir. Jane C. Beck and Wes Graff, 1986. Dist by Filmakers Library, 28 min.
  • Folklorist Jane C. Beck uses interviews and photographs to explore the life of Daisy Turner, a 102-year-old African-American woman and the daughter of an ex-slave who moved his family to Vermont. Turner tells stories and sings songs about her heritage.

A Question of Color

  • Dir. Kathe Sandler, 1992. Dist. by Califronia Newsreel, 58 min.
  • This documentary explores the issue of color consciousness within the African-American community. Images of beauty often embody Euro-American ideals and have negative effects on the self-image and lives of African Americans. This film particularly emphasizes these effects on African-American women.

Rites

  • Dir. Penny Dedman, 1991. Dist. by Filmmakers Library, 52 min.
  • Documentary discusses female genital mutilation in Africa and interviews African women attempting to stop this practice. Although the film attempts to show both sides of this issue, it includes some questionably propagandistic animation sequences and acting.

Two Dollars and a Dream

  • Dir. Stanley Nelson, 1988. Dist by Filmakers Library, 56 min.
  • This documentary explores the life of Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made woman millionaire, who made a fortune in skin and hair products for African Americans in the early 1900s. The film includes photographs, footage from the period, and interviews with former employees of Walker.

Under the African Sun: Program 5–Women Artists

  • Dir. Gerhard Meyer, 1995. Dist by The Right Picture Corporation, 30 min.
  • This documentary profiles and interviews black South African women artists working in sculpture and the visual arts. Much of the time is spent looking at the art.

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues

  • Dir. Christine Dall, 1989. Dist. by California Newsreel, 58 min.
  • This documentary follows the development and historical background of blues music through the lives of women blues singers. Interviews, photographs, and footage document the lives of such singers as Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, and Ida Cox.

Women of South Africa Yoruba Performance

  • Videotape by Henry John Drewal, 1990. Dist. by Instructional Media Services, 30 min.
  • Drewal videotapes several dances and other public ceremonial performances by Yoruba-speaking people. Many of these performers are women, community elders and child initiates. Drewal provides limited narration.

Age

The Films of Jane Campion

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 199?. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 49 min.
  • Peel concerns a family outing in Australia which results in an intrigue of awesome belligerence. Passionless Moments is a series of ten short, whimsical films portraying the inner world of ordinary people. A Girl’s Own Story concerns girlhood, Beatlemania, and growing up in the sixties.

Girls Town

  • Dir. Jim McKay, 1996. Dist. by Evergreen Entertainment, 90 min.
  • High-school friends who have shared the many challenges of growing up are faced with a tragedy a few weeks before graduation.

Mothers and Daughters in Midlife: The Era of Good Feeling Number Our Days

  • Dir. Lynne Littman, 1977. Dist. by Direct Cinema Limited, 29 min.
  • In this documentary based upon Barbara Myerhoff’s fieldwork, Myerhoff and Littman turn ethnography back upon the ethnographer. Myerhoff researches the lives of elderly East European Jews living in a California ghetto. She explores their interactions with each other, with the outside community, and with their own selves.

Silent Pioneers: Gay and Lesbian Elders

  • Dir. Lucy Winer, 1984. Dist. by Filmakers Library, 42 min.
  • This documentary uses interviews to explore the lives of several elderly lesbians and gay men. They discuss such issues as coming out, family, community, relationships, and the effects of age on their lives.

Tell Me a Riddle

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1980, based on novella by Tille Olsen. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 94 min.
  • In this feature film, the culmination of a woman’s lifelong assertion of independence and individuality occurs simultaneously with the diagnosis of cancer. Flashbacks explore the development of her identity and relationships with husband and children.

Artists/Writers/Performers

Isabel Allende: The Woman’s Voice in Latin-American Literature

  • Dir. Steve Kotton, 1994. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 56 min.
  • In this documentary, Chilean novelist Allende discusses the personal and political events that led to the beginning of and continue to inform her writing.

The American Experience: Ida B. Wells – A Passion for Justice

  • 1989. Dist. by WGBH Educational Foundation, 60 min.
  • A documentary on the African-American woman journalist who was a prominent fighter against racism and sexism and founded the first anti-lynching society in the world. Toni Morrison reads from Wells’s works in this film, which includes interviews and photographs.

Anais Nin

  • Women’s Collective lecture, January 28, 1973. 120 min.
  • A videotaped lecture and question-and-answer session in which Nin discusses the creation of identities for women: “Second birth is the creation of ourselves.” She discusses an emotional and psychic journey “to equalize the life outside.”

Ay, Carmela!

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, based on play by J. Sanchis Sinisterra, 1991. Dist. by Prestige, 105 min. Spanish and Italian with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film that takes place in 1938 Civil War Spain, two Republican performers are taken prisoner by the Fascist army. Carmela makes the choice between saving their lives with a pro-Fascist show and preserving her patriotism.

Cría! (The Secret of Anna)

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, 1976. Dist. by Video del Sol, 1 hour 10 sec. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young girl’s secret about the death of her father reveals a complex array of emotions about her family, her mother’s death, and her own stifled impulses.

Dance, Girl, Dance

  • Dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1940. Dist. by Turner Home Entertainment, 89 min.
  • This explores the lives of two showgirls, as they are affected by money, sexuality, relationships with other women and men, and artistic ideals.

Danzón

  • Dir. Maria Rojo, 1991. Dist. by Columbia Tristar Homevideo, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman travels to Veracruz in search of her missing dance partner. Along the way, she begins to redefine her relationships with other people and herself.

Daughters of the Anasazi

  • Dir. John Anthony, 1990. Dist. by Interpark, 28 min.
  • This documentary shows the Anasazi art of Acoma pottery, as fully demonstrated by Lucy Lewis and her daughters Emma and Delores, descendants of the Anasazi in New Mexico. The film documents their relationships with the pottery’s history and meaning.

Dirty Dancing

  • Dir. Emile Ardolino, 1988. Dist. by Vestron Video, 105 min.
  • In this coming-of-age feature film, a young woman vacationing in the Catskills in the ’50s learns not only about herself and her own family, but also about the people who live and work at the summer resort.

The Displaced Person

  • Dir. Glenn Jordan, 1977. Dist. by Perspective Films, 58 min.
  • An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Flannery O’Connor. Portrays the difficulties of integration experienced by a Polish refugee who arrives with his family at a Georgia farm in the 1940′s.

The Films of Jane Campion

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 199?. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 49 min.
  • Peel concerns a family outing in Australia which results in an intrigue of awesome belligerence. Passionless Moments is a series of ten short, whimsical films portraying the inner world of ordinary people. A Girl’s Own Story concerns girlhood, Beatlemania, and growing up in the sixties.

Frida

  • Dir. Paul Leduc, 1985. Dist. by Connoisseur Video Collection, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film, full of visual images and mostly unspoken, depicts the art, politics, and relationships of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter.

Georgia O’Keefe

  • 1977. Dist. by Home Vision, 60 min.
  • Explores the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Hidden Faces

  • Dir. Lin Longinotto and Claire Hunt, 1990. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 52 min.
  • Southern Egyptian expatriate Safaa Fathay interviews and uses the writings of Nawal El Saadawi in order to discuss the issues of family, work, sexuality, and religion in the lives of Egyptian women.

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite)

  • Dir. Nestor Almendros, Orlando Jiminez Leal, 1984. Dist. by Cinevista Video, 110 min. French/Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This documentary is a compilation of interviews with Cuban intellectuals and homosexuals persecuted under the Castro regime.

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

  • Dir. Randa Haines, 1980. Dist. by Coronet Films & Video, 57 min.
  • Based on the story of the same title by Katherine Anne Porter, about a matriarch who on her deathbed struggles to resolve tormenting memories of her past.

Like Water for Chocolate

  • Dir. Alfonso Arau, based on the novel by Laura Esquivel, 1994. Dist. by Madera CineVideo, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman uses cooking to express her forbidden feelings about her lover, family, sexuality, and self.

Maria: Indian Pottery Maker of San Ildefonso

  • Dir. Rick Krepela, 198?. Dist. by Interpark, 27 min.
  • Maria Martinez demonstrates how to make a type of Native American pottery. Daughters of the Anasazi is a much better film, because it relates culture to people. This film speaks of general “Indian” art without specifying what people.

Measures of Distance

  • Dir. Mona Hatoum, 1988. Dist. by Women Makes Movies, 15 min.
  • Hatoum integrates taped conversations and photos, scholarly research and personal life into this short film that explores the thoughts of a Palestinian woman: her mother, whose letter Hatoum reads.

Nicholasa Mohr

  • Nov. 21, 1991, lecture at Drew. 120 min.
  • Mohr, a fiction writer, delivers a lecture entitled “Personal Odyssey Into Fiction,” about her formative experiences as a Puerto Rican woman writer.

On My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner

  • Dir. Jane C. Beck and Wes Graff, 1986. Dist by Filmakers Library, 28 min.
  • Folklorist Jane C. Beck uses interviews and photographs to explore the life of Daisy Turner, a 102-year-old African-American woman and the daughter of an ex-slave who moved his family to Vermont. Turner tells stories and sings songs about her heritage.

Portrait of an Onnagata

  • Dir. Tineke Hulsbergen, 1994. Dist. by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 30 min.
  • This documentary explores a brief history of Kabuki theatre, a Japanese art form founded by a woman but now performed exclusively by men. The film profiles the life of an Onnagata, a male actor who portrays female characters. Art and gender become intertwined.

Songs of Sappho

  • Dir. Peter Steadman, 1988. Dist. by The New York Greek Drama Company, 25 min.
  • In Ancient Greek with English subtitles. Andrea Goodman stars as Sappho in a production of Sappho’s poems set to music.

Sweetie

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 1990. Dist. by International Video Entertainment Inc., 97 min.
  • This film explores the relationships between sisters, parents and children, and lovers. Fault lines erupt when members of a family attempt to assert themselves, sometimes at the cost of other members’ happiness.

Tell Me a Riddle

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1980, based on novella by Tille Olsen. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 94 min.
  • In this feature film, the culmination of a woman’s lifelong assertion of independence and individuality occurs simultaneously with the diagnosis of cancer. Flashbacks explore the development of her identity and relationships with husband and children.

Under the African Sun: Program 5 – Women Artists

  • Dir. Gerhard Meyer, 1995. Dist by The Right Picture Corporation, 30 min.
  • This documentary profiles and interviews black South African women artists working in sculpture and the visual arts. Much of the time is spent looking at the art.

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues

  • Dir. Christine Dall, 1989. Dist. by California Newsreel, 58 min.
  • This documentary follows the development and historical background of blues music through the lives of women blues singers. Interviews, photographs, and footage document the lives of such singers as Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, and Ida Cox.

Women Who Made Movies

  • Dir. Gwendolyn Foster-Dixon, Wheeler Dixon, 1990. Dist. by VCI, 56 min.
  • Reveals the work of little-recognized American women film directors during the 1896-1950 period using extended clips of rare film footage. Traces the careers of such filmmakers as Alice Guy Blache, Ida Lupino, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Leni Riefenstahl, Lois Weber, and many more.

Yoruba Performance

  • Videotape by Henry John Drewal, 1990. Dist. by Instructional Media Services, 30 min.
  • Drewal videotapes several dances and other public ceremonial performances by Yoruba-speaking people. Many of these performers are women, community elders and child initiates. Drewal provides limited narration.

Asian

Fire

  • Dir. Deepa Mehta, 1994. Dist. by Zeitgeist Films, 104 min.
  • Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country.

Gift of a Girl: Female Infanticide

  • 1997. Filmakers Library, 24 min.
  • Explores female infanticide in southern India.

An Initiation Kut for a Korean Shaman

  • Dir. Diana S. Lee, 1991. University of Hawaii Press, 37 min.
  • This documentary based on the work of anthropologist Laurel Kendall follows the initiation of a Korean shaman. In Korea, all shamans are women, who receive spirits. Most of their customers are women, who engage shamans to ward away poverty and family disaster.

The Japanese Family: Early Summer (Bakushu)

  • Dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1951. Dist. by Janus Films, 135 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores the lives of a young working woman and her family. Although they want her to marry a man they have selected, she wishes to keep her job, a result of the social changes that accompanied WWII.

The Japanese Family: Mother (Okaasan)

  • Dir. Mikio Naruse 1952. Dist. by Janus Films, 98 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the life of a woman and her family after WWII, after her husband and son dies and she becomes her children’s sole support.

Made in India

  • 1998. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 55 min.
  • A portrait of the women’s organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million.

Made in Thailand

  • 1999. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 33 min.
  • A documentary about women factory workers in Thailand and their struggle to organize unions.

The Makioka Sisters

  • Dir. Kon Ichikawa, 1983, based on the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. Dist. by Toho Co. Ltd., 140 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, four sisters living in Osaka in 1938 try to work out their problems with each other, marriage, work, and social changes.

Osaka Elegy

  • Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936. Dist. by SVS Inc., 75 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Feature film about a young working woman in Osaka who must deal with an embezzling father, sexual harassment from her boss, and abandonment by the man she wants to marry. A critique of society’s treatment of women.

Portrait of an Onnagata

  • Dir. Tineke Hulsbergen, 1994. Dist. by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 30 min.
  • This documentary explores a brief history of Kabuki theatre, a Japanese art form founded by a woman but now performed exclusively by men. The film profiles the life of an Onnagata, a male actor who portrays female characters. Art and gender become intertwined.

Rashomon

  • Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1950. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 83 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film uses multiple perspectives to explore a rape and murder through the eyes of the perpetrator, a woman, her husband, and the story’s narrator.

Slaying the Dragon

  • Dir. Deborah Gee, 1987. Dist. by National Asian American Telecommunications Association, 60 min.
  • This documentary traces the development of media images of Asian American women over the course of history. Anti-Asian sentiment over immigration and war have contributed to the negative portrayal of Asian American women as dragon ladies, passive lotuses, geisha, and the model minority. Film clips and interviews with Asian American actors and social scientists cover the social stereotypes that these media images create.

A Taxing Woman

  • Dir. Juzo Itami, 1987. Dist. by Fox/Lorber Homevideo, 127 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film that parodies action films, the heroine is a first-rate tax auditor-turned-inspector who turns her talents to rounding up a millionaire tax evader.

Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi)

  • Dir. Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954, based on novel by Sakae Tsuboi. Dist. by Japan Society, 155 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Feature film about a woman grade-school teacher and her students in a Japanese village who must confront the issues of poverty, gender roles, war, and social breakdown over the period of twenty years.

Education

To Empower Women: The Beijing Women’s Conference

  • 1999. Off Center Video, 28 min.
  • This United Nations conference developed a strong platform on action for equality, development and peace. Women from around the world tell of conditions in their countries and how they are trying to change them. Five planks from the platform–poverty, education, economics, human rights and armed conflict are emphasized.

The New Jersey Project

  • Madison, NJ: Media Resource Center, Drew University, 1991.
  • Eleven separate video recordings of: Elizabeth Higginbotham; Alison Bernstein; Kenneth Goings; Sue Rosser; Panel on Curriculum Studies; Interviews; Susan Van Dyne; Ruth Sidel; Paula Rothenberg and Wendy Kolmar; Suming Up; Lynn Webber.

Women World Leaders

  • Dir. Laura Liswood, 1996. Dist. by Women’s Leadership Project, 30 min.
  • Weaves the common threads of fifteen female political figures: their experiences, values, accomplishments, joys, tragedies and mistakes into a forthright and honest look at women in the highest echelons of power.

Family/Marriage

Antonia’s Line

  • Dir. Willy Stassen, 1995. Dist. by BMG Video, 102 min. Dutch with English subtitles.
  • A portrait of a family and a community, of mothers and daughters, and of one indomitable woman.

The Arabs: A Living History – Family Ties

  • Dir. Colin Luke, ?. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 50 min.
  • In this documentary journalist Nadia Hijab documents the changing roles of Arab women and their work, family lives, and education.

The Bigamist

  • Dir. Ida Lupino, 199?. Dist. by Matinee Classics, 80 min.
  • This film noir deals with such issues as infertility, adoption, infidelity, women’s work, and unmarried mothers.

Black Widow

  • Dir. Bob Rafelson, 1987. Dist. by CBS/Fox Video, 101 min.
  • In this feature film, a woman federal agent investigates the mysterious deaths of several wealthy men, whose only common feature was marriage to the same woman.

Breaking Silence

  • Dir. Theresa Tollini, 198?. Dist. by Future Educational Films, 59 min.
  • Educates the general public on the problems of incest and the effect that it has on the family.

Christopher Strong

  • Dir.Dorothy Arzner, 1989. Dist. by Turner Home Entertainment, 77 min.
  • Hepburn portrays a record-breaking flyer who falls hopelessly in love with a married man (Colin Clive). Though madly in love, he can’t divorce his good natured and caring wife (Billie Burke).

Clotheslines

  • Dir. Roberta Cantow, 1981. Dist. by Filmaker’s Library, 32 min.
  • Illustrates the love-hate relationship women have with the task of cleaning the family’s clothes.

Cría! (The Secret of Anna)

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, 1976. Dist. by Video del Sol, 1 hour 10 sec. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young girl’s secret about the death of her father reveals a complex array of emotions about her family, her mother’s death, and her own stifled impulses.

Daughters of the Dust

  • Dir. Julie Dash, 1992. Dist. by Kino International, 113 min.
  • Story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century.

Daughters of Dykes

  • Dir. Amilca Palmer, 1994. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 14 min.
  • Five daughters of lesbian mothers talk about their views and their relationships with their mothers and other people in their lives.

Dirty Dancing

  • Dir. Emile Ardolino, 1988. Dist. by Vestron Video, 105 min.
  • In this coming-of-age feature film, a young woman vacationing in the Catskills in the ’50s learns not only about herself and her own family, but also about the people who live and work at the summer resort.

The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez

  • Dir. Alejandro Galindo, 1999. Dist. by Filmakers Library, 54 min. English and Spanish with English subtitles and voice over in English.
  • Documentary focusing on the odyssey of Guillermo Morales Paga´n, the son of Puerto Rican freedom fighters Dylcia Paga´n and William Morales.

Dreams of Hind and Camilia

  • Dir. Mohamed Khan, 1991?. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 110 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • This feature film follows the hopes of two best friends who try to change their lives and attain emotional and financial freedom. On the way, they must face issues of labor, sexuality, motherhood, and marriage.

Erendira

  • Dir. Guy Guerra, 1983, based on story from the book One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young woman is exploited as a prostitute by her grandmother, the “witch.” The film plays upon the fairy-tale genre with several twists.

Eve’s Bayou

  • Dir. Kasi Lemmons, 1997. Dist. by Trimark Home Video, 108 min.
  • Roz Batiste is a beautiful and dedicated mother of three, who is forced to admit that her family is falling apart due to her philandering husband Louis. Her younger daughter, Eve, witnesses one of her father’s infidelities. Unable to find the understanding she is looking for Eve decides to take matters into her own hands.

Fatal Attraction

  • Dir. Adiran Lyne, 1987. Dist. by Paramount Pictures, 120 min.
  • In this thriller, a psychotic professional woman stalks the family of her lover, a selfish professional excuse for a man.

The Films of Jane Campion

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 199?. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 49 min.
  • Peel concerns a family outing in Australia which results in an intrigue of awesome belligerence. Passionless Moments is a series of ten short, whimsical films portraying the inner world of ordinary people. A Girl’s Own Story concerns girlhood, Beatlemania, and growing up in the sixties.

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko. Dist. by California Newsreel, 1990. 114 min.
  • Bambara with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts two Malian women who struggle to control their lives in a patriarchal traditional society. Sissoko uses stock characters in Malian folk tradition to satirize men in the story.

Hester Street

  • Dir. Joan Micklin Silver, 1974. Dist. by First Run Features, 89 min.
  • This feature film documents the American immigrant experience, as seen by Gitl, who tries to preserve the traditional Russian Jewish way of life despite opposition from her Americanized husband.

Hidden Faces

  • Dir. Lin Longinotto and Claire Hunt, 1990. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 52 min.
  • Southern Egyptian expatriate Safaa Fathay interviews and uses the writings of Nawal El Saadawi in order to discuss the issues of family, work, sexuality, and religion in the lives of Egyptian women.

The Holy Innocents (Los Santos Inocentes)

  • Dir. Mario Camus, 1986. Dist. by Karl Lorimar Home Video, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a peasant family in mid-’60s Northern Spain tries to contend with the selfish and dangerous whims of the landowners.

In Search of the American Dream: Inspirations

  • Dir. Robert E. Frye, 1990. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 52 min.
  • In this documentary Haskell Ward interviews African-American leaders of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. They discuss and look for solutions to the issues of urban violence, crime, child care, teenage pregnancy, economic inequities, and community development.

The Japanese Family: Early Summer (Bakushu)

  • Dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1951. Dist. by Janus Films, 135 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores the lives of a young working woman and her family, who wishes her to marry a man they have selected.

The Japanese Family: Mother (Okaasan)

  • Dir. Mikio Naruse 1952. Dist. by Janus Films, 98 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the life of a woman and her family after WWII, after her husband and son dies and she becomes her children’s sole support.

A Jury of Her Peers

  • 1981. Dist. by Films Incorporated, 30 min.
  • Dramatizes the short story by Susan Glaspell about the isolation and oppression of a farmwoman in rural America in 1900.

Like Water for Chocolate

  • Dir. Alfonso Arav, ?. Dist. by Touchstone Home Video, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman uses cooking to express her forbidden feelings about her lover, family, sexuality, and self. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel.

The Long Walk Home

  • Dir. Richard Pearce, 1993. Dist. by Miramax, 98 min.
  • This feature film stars Whoopi Goldberg as a domestic worker who takes part in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, although she must walk nine miles every day to the home of her employer, played by Sissy Spacek. The film explores the subjects of race, labor, and the relationships between women, men, and children.

The Makioka Sisters

  • Dir. Kon Ichikawa, 1983, based on the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. Dist. by Toho Co. Ltd., 140 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, four sisters living in Osaka in 1938 try to work out their problems with each other, marriage, work, and social changes.

The Marriage of Maria Braun

  • Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1986. Dist. by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, ?. German with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a German war bride attempts to reconcile the shift in power, her relationship with her imprisoned husband, and the men for whom she is a prostitute in the aftermath of WWII.

Masai Women

  • Dir. Chris Curling, 1975. Dist. by ?, 52 min. 8 sec. English and Masai with English subtitles.
  • The work of anthropologist Melissa Llewelyn-Davies explores the world of Masai women: circumcision, marriage, companionship with co-wives, and heavy labor in a society in which women cannot hold property.

Measures of Distance

  • Dir. Mona Hatoum, 1988. Dist. by Women Makes Movies, 15 min.
  • Hatoum integrates taped conversations and photos, scholarly research and personal life into this short film that explores the thoughts of a Palestinian woman: her mother, whose letter Hatoum reads.

The Mountain

  • Dir. Hanna Elias, 1991. Dist. by Hanna Elias, 34 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this short narrative film, two women cross generational lines and social boundaries. A grandmother helps her granddaughter to elope, her only way to avoid an arranged marriage she does not want.

Naguib Mahfouz: Al-Sharida (The Wanderer)

  • Dir. Ashraf Fahmy, 1985. Dist. by Abel Aziz el Zoghby Films, 91 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a female lawyer contends with her domineering, weak-minded husband over her rights to work and to control her body and with his mistress over her ability as a wife.

The Official Story

  • Dir. Luis Puenzo, 1985. Dist. by Pacific Arts Video, 112 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, an Argentinian teacher’s growing political knowledge leads her to realize that her adopted daughter may have been forcefully taken from “los desaparecidos” during political purges in the mid-’70s.

Osaka Elegy

  • Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. SVS Inc., 1936. 75 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Feature film about a young working woman in Osaka who must deal with an embezzling father, sexual harassment from her boss, and abandonment by the man she wants to marry. A critique of society’s treatment of women.

Overseas (Outremer)

  • Dir. Brigitte Roüan, 1992.Dist. by Fox Lorber Homevideo, 96 min. French with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores one by one the lives of three French sisters living privileged lives in Algeria. Their stories show different relationships with each other and with marriage, and an increasing degree of involvement with Algerian resistance.

The Story of Mothers and Daughters

  • Dir. Gary Weimberg, 1997. Dist. by Mothers & Daughters, 72 min.
  • Over 500 women were interviewed for this film about mother/daughter relationships.

Sweetie

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 1990. Dist. by International Video Entertainment Inc., 97 min.
  • This feature film explores the relationships between sisters, parents and children, and lovers. Fault lines erupt when members of a family attempt to assert themselves, sometimes at the cost of other members’ happiness.

Tell Me a Riddle

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1980, based on novella by Tille Olsen. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 94 min.
  • In this feature film, the culmination of a woman’s lifelong assertion of independence and individuality occurs simultaneously with the diagnosis of cancer. Flashbacks explore the development of her identity and relationships with husband and children.

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!?

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1984. Dist. by Cinevista Video, 100 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a homemaker and domestic servant who works an 18-hour day confronts the vagaries of contemporary life in Spain.

Feature Films

Ay, Carmela!

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, based on play by J. Sanchis Sinisterra, 1991. Dist. by Prestige, 105 min. Spanish and Italian with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film that takes place in 1938 Civil War Spain, two Republican performers are taken prisoner by the Fascist army. Carmela makes the choice between saving their lives with a pro-Fascist show and preserving her patriotism.

The Bigamist

  • Dir. Ida Lupino. Dist. by Matinee Classics, 80 min.
  • This film noir deals with such issues as infertility, adoption, infidelity, women’s work, and unmarried mothers.

Black Widow

  • Dir. Bob Rafelson, 1987. Dist. by CBS/Fox Video, 101 min.
  • In this feature film, a woman federal agent investigates the mysterious deaths of several wealthy men, whose only common feature was marriage to the same woman.

Camila

  • Dir. Maria-Luisa Bemberg, 1984. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film based on a true story, a socialite from Buenos Aires runs away with a Jesuit priest. They attempt to live peacefully in a rural village, but politics and social mores interfere.

Carrie

  • Dir. Brian De Palma, 1976. Dist. by MGM Home Entertainment, 98 min., DVD.
  • “Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn’t make friends easily. Another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behavior plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn’t realize is that Carrie is gifted, and you really don’t want to get her angry.” – Internet Movie Database

Christopher Strong

  • Dir.Dorothy Arzner, 1989. Dist. by Turner Home Entertainment, 77 min.
  • Hepburn portrays a record-breaking flyer who falls hopelessly in love with a married man (Colin Clive). Though madly in love, he can’t divorce his good natured and caring wife (Billie Burke).

Cría! (The Secret of Anna)

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, 1976. Dist. by Video del Sol, 1 hour 10 sec. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young girl’s secret about the death of her father reveals a complex array of emotions about her family, her mother’s death, and her own stifled impulses.

The Crying Game

  • Dir. Neil Jordan, 1997. Dist. by Avid Home Entertainment, 112 min.
  • A haunting, humorous and shocking romantic thriller about Irish terrorists, their hostage and the hostage’s exotic girlfriend.

Dance, Girl, Dance

  • Dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1940. Dist. by Turner Home Entertainment, 89 min.
  • This explores the lives of two showgirls, as they are affected by money, sexuality, relationships with other women and men, and artistic ideals.

Danzón

  • Dir. Maria Rojo, 1991. Dist. by Columbia Tristar Homevideo, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman travels to Veracruz in search of her missing dance partner. Along the way, she begins to redefine her relationships with other people and herself.

Dirty Dancing

  • Dir. Emile Ardolino, 1988. Dist. by Vestron Video, 105 min.
  • In this coming-of-age feature film, a young woman vacationing in the Catskills in the ’50s learns not only about herself and her own family, but also about the people who live and work at the summer resort.

The Displaced Person

  • Dir. Glenn Jordon, 1977. Dist. by Perspective Films, 58 min.
  • An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Flannery O’Connor. Portrays the difficulties of integration experienced by a Polish refugee who arrives with his family at a Georgia farm in the 1940′s.

Doña Barbara

  • Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, 1943, based on novel by Rómulo Gallegos. Dist. by Condor Video, 138 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film is a classic example of the mythical dichotomy between civilized, moral, man and “merciless Doña Barbara, devourer of men.”

Doña Perfecta

  • Dir. Alejandro Galindo, 1985. Dist. by Isela Vega Video, 115 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • No picture for 9 min. 26 sec Adaptation of Benito Perez Galdos’s novel of the same title.

Door on the Sky

  • Dir. Farida Ben Lyazid, 1989. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 107 min. French and Arabic with English subtitles.
  • The death of her father makes a woman rethink her relationships with her French lover, Islam, and the sufferings of women around her. The three converge in the founding of a women’s shelter.

Dreams of Hind and Camilia

  • Dir. Mohamed Khan, 1991. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 110 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • This feature film follows the hopes of two best friends who try to change their lives and attain emotional and financial freedom. On the way, they must face issues of labor, sexuality, motherhood, and marriage.

Eating: A Very Serious Comedy About Women and Food

  • Dir. Henry Jaglom, 1993. Dist. by Paramount, 110 min.
  • As women at a trendy Southern California birthday party talk about food, what they say reveals what they think about life, love, men and each other.

Erendira

  • Dir. Guy Guerra, 1983. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • A young woman is exploited as a prostitute by her grandmother, the “witch.” The film plays upon the fairy-tale genre with several twists. Based on story from the book One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Eve’s Bayou

  • Dir. Kasi Lemmons, 1997. Dist. by Trimark Home Video, 108 min.
  • Roz Batiste is a beautiful and dedicated mother of three, who is forced to admit that her family is falling apart due to her philandering husband Louis. Her younger daughter, Eve, witnesses one of her father’s infidelities. Unable to find the understanding she is looking for Eve decides to take matters into her own hands.

Fatal Attraction

  • Dir. Adiran Lyne, 1987. Dist. by Paramount Pictures, 120 min.
  • In this thriller, a psychotic professional woman stalks the family of her lover, a selfish professional excuse for a man.

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko. Dist. by California Newsreel, 1990. 114 min. Bambara with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts two Malian women who struggle to control their lives in a patriarchal traditional society. Sissoko uses stock characters in Malian folk tradition to satirize men in the story.

Frida

  • Dir. Paul Leduc, 1985. Dist. by Connoisseur Video Collection, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film, full of visual images and mostly unspoken, depicts the art, politics, and relationships of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter.

Girl Friends

  • Dir. Claudia Weill, 1993. Dist. by Warner Home Video, 88 min.
  • Aspiring photographer, Susan, and poet, Anne, share an apartment in Manhattan until Anne makes the decision to marry and move out. Relationships in Susan’s life, after Anne leaves the apartment, are explored.

The Harder They Come

  • Dir. Perry Henzell, 1973. Dist. by PolyGram Video, 93 min.
  • Cliff is the hero of this saga: a country boy who is ruthlessly exploited, first by his employer, then by the producer of his hit record, and who at last becomes a pot-pushing desperado in an effort to live up to the code of his favorite movie heroes.

Hester Street

  • Dir. Joan Micklin Silver, 1974. Dist. by First Run Features, 89 min. English and Yiddish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film documents the American immigrant experience, as seen by Gitl, who tries to preserve the traditional Russian Jewish way of life despite opposition from her Americanized husband.

The Hitchhiker

  • Dir. Ida Lupino, 1993. Dist. By Sinister Cinema, 71 min.
  • While on their way to a fishing area, two men pick up a hitchhiker – not knowing that he is a sadistic and psychopathic killer.

The Holy Innocents (Los Santos Inocentes)

  • Dir. Mario Camus, 1986. Dist. by Karl Lorimar Home Video, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a peasant family in mid-’60s Northern Spain tries to contend with the selfish and dangerous whims of the landowners.

The Japanese Family: Early Summer (Bakushu)

  • Dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1951. Dist. by Janus Films, 135 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores the lives of a young working woman and her family, who wishes her to marry a man they have selected.

The Japanese Family: Mother (Okaasan)

  • Dir. Mikio Naruse 1952. Dist. by Janus Films, 98 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the life of a woman and her family after WWII, after her husband and son dies and she becomes her children’s sole support.

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

  • Dir. Randa Haines, 1980. Coronet Films & video, 57 min.
  • Based on the story of the same title by Katherine Anne Porter, about a matriarch who on her deathbed struggles to resolve tormenting memories of her past.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

  • Dir. Hector Babenco, 1985. Dist. by Charter Entertainment, 120 min.
  • In this feature film, a political prisoner and gay window dresser share a cell. They find that their vastly different lives and dreams conflict but also mesh in crucial ways. Based on novel by Manel Puig.

Like Water for Chocolate

  • Dir. Alfonso Arav, 1994. Dist. by Touchstone Home Video, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman uses cooking to express her forbidden feelings about her lover, family, sexuality, and self. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel.

The Long Walk Home

  • Dir. Richard Pearce, 1993. Dist. by Miramax, 98 min.
  • This feature film stars Whoopi Goldberg as a domestic worker who takes part in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, although she must walk nine miles every day to the home of her employer, played by Sissy Spacek. The film explores the subjects of race, labor, and the relationships between women, men, and children.

Lucia

  • Dir. Humberto Solas, 198?. Dist. by Icaic, 160 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the personal lives of three different women named Lucia in 1895, 1932, and 196… against the backdrop of war and political agitation.

The Makioka Sisters

  • Dir. Kon Ichikawa, 1983. Dist. by Toho Co. Ltd., 140 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, four sisters living in Osaka in 1938 try to work out their problems with each other, marriage, work, and social changes. Based on the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki.

The Marriage of Maria Braun

  • Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979. Dist. by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 120 min. German with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a German war bride attempts to reconcile the shift in power, her relationship with her imprisoned husband, and the men for whom she is a prostitute in the aftermath of WWII.

Mississippi Masala

  • Dir. Mira Nair, 1992. Dist. by Columbia TriStar Home Video, 118 min.
  • In this exotic and erotic interracial love story, an African American businessman falls for a beautiful Indian immigrant, only to encounter shock and outrage from both families.

The Mountain

  • Dir. Hanna Elias, 1991. Dist. by Hanna Elias, 34 min. In Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this short narrative film, two women cross generational lines and social boundaries. A grandmother helps her granddaughter to elope, her only way to avoid an arranged marriage she does not want.

Naguib Mahfouz: Al-Sharida (The Wanderer)

  • Dir. Ashraf Fahmy, 1985. Dist. by Abel Aziz el Zoghby Films, 91 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a female lawyer contends with her domineering, weak-minded husband over her rights to work and to control her body and with his mistress over her ability as a wife.

Osaka Elegy

  • Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936. SVS Inc., 75 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Feature film about a young working woman in Osaka who must deal with an embezzling father, sexual harassment from her boss, and abandonment by the man she wants to marry. A critique of society’s treatment of women.

Overseas (Outremer)

  • Dir. Brigitte Roüan, 1992. Dist. by Fox Lorber Homevideo, 96 min. French with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores one by one the lives of three French sisters living privileged lives in Algeria. Their stories show different relationships with each other and with marriage, and an increasing degree of involvement with Algerian resistance.

Platoon

  • Dir. Oliver Stone, 2000?. Dist. by MGM Home Entertainment, 119 min.
  • Platoon is the story of every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Chris Taylor arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers that his worst enemies are not just the Viet Cong, but gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and the anger growing within himself.

Pubis Angelical de Manuel Puig

  • Dir. Raul de la Torre, 1982. Dist. by Condor Video, 117 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, an Argentinian woman dying of cancer dreams and reflects upon the political events in her life and her disappointment with men.

Rashomon

  • Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1950. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 83 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film uses multiple perspectives to explore a rape and murder through the eyes of the perpetrator, a woman, her husband, and the story’s narrator.

Rear Window

  • Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954. Dist. by MCA/Universal Home Video, 113 min.
  • This feature film uses the theme of voyeurism to explore the relationships behind and in front of the camera, when a photojournalist witnesses from his apartment what might be a murder.

Sweetie

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 1990. Dist. by International Video Entertainment Inc., 97 min.
  • This film explores the relationships between sisters, parents and children, and lovers. Fault lines erupt when members of a family attempt to assert themselves, sometimes at the cost of other members’ happiness.

Tacones Lejanos

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1991. Dist. by Columbia Tristar Home Video, 115 min. Spanish.
  • The husband of a TV anchorwoman, ex-lover of her long-estranged singer-actress mother, is mysteriously killed, and both mother and daughter come under suspicion in a frenzied investigation filled with romantic mix-ups and mistaken identities.

A Taxing Woman

  • Dir. Juzo Itami, 1987. Dist. by Fox/Lorber Home Video, 127 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film that parodies action films, the heroine is a first-rate tax auditor-turned-inspector who turns her talents to rounding up a millionaire tax evader.

Tell Me a Riddle

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1980. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 94 min.
  • In this feature film, the culmination of a woman’s lifelong assertion of independence and individuality occurs simultaneously with the diagnosis of cancer. Flashbacks explore the development of her identity and relationships with husband and children. Based on novella by Tille Olsen.

Thelma and Louise

  • Dir. Ridley Scott, 1991. Dist. by MGM/UA, 130 min.
  • Thelma, a homemaker unhappy with her boorish husband, and Louise, a waitress and Thelma’s mentor. Two best friends take an unexpected road trip, running from the law. This buddy-type feature film explores the issues of rape, violence, relationships, and friendship.

Tootsie

  • Dir. Sydney Pollack, 2001. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 116 min.
  • Michael Dorsey is an out-of-work actor who makes himself up as a woman to get a job. When his girlfriend, Sandy, fails an audition for a soap opera, Michael dresses up as “Dorothy Michaels” and lands the part. All goes well until “Dorothy” falls in love with beautiful co-star, Julie, and Julie’s father, Les, falls for “Dorothy.”

Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi)

  • Dir. Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954. Dist. by Japan Society, 155 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Feature film about a woman grade-school teacher and her students in a Japanese village who must confront the issues of poverty, gender roles, war, and social breakdown over the period of twenty years. Based on novel by Sakae Tsuboi.

Vertigo

  • Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958. MCA/ Universal Home Video, 128 min.
  • Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco police detective is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe case of acrophobia. Ferguson is hired by a rich shipbuilder to follow his wife who is behaving suspiciously and might be planning suicide. He falls in love with her, she is later murdered and Ferguson becomes demonic in his desire to re-create her in another woman. Based on the novel D’entre les morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

  • Dir. Todd Solondz, 1996. Columbia TriStar Home Video, 87 min.
  • Eleven-year-old Dawn “Wienerdog” Wiener is a junior high geek who just wants to be popular. Teased by her classmates and tormented by the school bully, Dawn develops an improbable plan to seduce the star of a high-school garage band.

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!?

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1984. Dist. by Cinevista Video, 100 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a homemaker and domestic servant who works an 18-hour day confronts the vagaries of contemporary life in Spain.

When Night is Falling

  • Dir. Patricia Rozema, 1996. Dist. by Evergreen Entertainment, 94 min.
  • The story of a teacher at a conservative religious college named Camille whose life is turned upside down when, through a chance encounter, she meets a beautiful circus performer named Petra. Walking an emotional high-wire between the familiar past and the forbidden future, Camille must choose between the love she cannot forget and the desire she cannot resist.

The Wild Party

  • Dir. Dorothy Arzner, 192?. Dist. by Paramount Pictures, 115 min.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1988. Dist. by Orion Home Video, 88 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature comedy depicts the confused lives of a television actress and all the people entangled with her.

Jewish Studies

Courage to Care

  • Dir. Robert Gardner, 1986. Dist. by Anti-Defamation League, 28 min. 30 sec.
  • This documentary features many women and one man who describe their efforts to save the lives of European Jews during the Holocaust. Includes photographs and commentary by Elie Wiesel.

Daughters of Abraham: A Fight to Survive

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-Smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 30 min.
  • This documentary profiles the lives of Tamar, a Kibbutznik and officer in the Israeli Defense Force, and Zoe, a Palestinian who cannot leave the West Bank to visit her husband in Germany.

Daughters of Abraham: Frontiers of War

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 30 min.
  • This documentary interviews Geula Cohen, a freedom fighter, member of the Israeli parliament, and founder of her own political party. Her political stance is that only Palestinians who accept Zionism can stay in Israel.

Daughters of Abraham: Stateless in Gaza

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-Smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark films Inc., 27 min.
  • In this documentary, Mary Khass talks about her life as a Palestinian Quaker and pacifist who forms nursery schools and groups in refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. She works for political autonomy and peace.

Hester Street

  • Dir. Joan Micklin Silver, 1974. Dist. by First Run Features, 89 min.
  • This feature film documents the American immigrant experience, as seen by Gitl, who tries to preserve the traditional Russian Jewish way of life despite opposition from her Americanized husband.

Image Before My Eyes

  • Dir. Josh Waletzky, 1985. Dist. by Almi Home Video Corp., 105 min.
  • This documentary uses photos, interviews, and home movies to recreate the life and culture of Jewish Poland before the Holocaust. At the time, it was the largest and most important center of Jewish culture in the world.

In Her Own Time

  • Dir. Lynne Littman, 1985. Dist. by Direct Cinema Limited, 60 min.
  • This film is the last collaboration of Littman and anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff, whose fieldwork researches the Orthodox Jewish community of Fairfax in Los Angeles. The film integrates Myerhoff’s fight with cancer and reevaluation of religion with the lives of the people she works with.

The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

  • Dir. Willy Lindwer, 1988. Dist. by Audio-Visual-Arts and Productions, 90 min.
  • This documentary uses photos and interviews with women acquainted with the Frank family in order to reconstruct World War II Amsterdam and the concentration camps.

Number Our Days

  • Dir. Lynne Littman, 1977. Dist. by Direct Cinema Limited, 29 min.
  • In this documentary based upon Barbara Myerhoff’s fieldwork, Myerhoff and Littman turn ethnography back upon the ethnographer. Myerhoff researches the lives of elderly East European Jews living in a California ghetto. She explores their interactions with each other, with the outside community, and with their own selves.

Tell Me a Riddle

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1980. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 94 min.
  • In this feature film, the culmination of a woman’s lifelong assertion of independence and individuality occurs simultaneously with the diagnosis of cancer. Flashbacks explore the development of her identity and relationships with husband and children. Based on novella by Tille Olsen.

Labor

Americas: In Women’s Hands – The Changing Roles of Women

  • Dir. Rachel Field, Juan Mandelbaum, 1993. Dist. by The Annenberg/CPB Collection, 60 min.
  • This documentary explores the political mobilization of women in Chile that began in the 1960s and has continued to the present. Interviews, photographs, and film footage document the changes women have been making in family roles, labor, and politics.

The Arabs: A Living History – Family Ties

  • Dir. Colin Luke, ?. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 50 min.
  • In this documentary journalist Nadia Hijab documents the changing roles of Arab women and their work, family lives, and education.

Arab Women at Work

  • Dir. Maureen Ali, 1990s?. Dist. by United Nations Development Programme, 30 min.
  • This documentary explores the lives of women living and working in the Arab world. They perform 84% of the work in rural areas, yet women there earn an overall 75% of men’s wages. The film follows women in rural agricultural and urban industrial and professional work.

The Bigamist

  • Dir. Ida Lupino. Dist. by Matinee Classics, 80 min.
  • This film noir shows why a man might marry two women. It deals with such issues as infertility, adoption, infidelity, women’s work, and unmarried mothers.

Black Widow

  • Dir. Bob Rafelson, 1987. Dist. by CBS/Fox Video, 101 min.
  • In this feature film, a woman federal agent investigates the mysterious deaths of several wealthy men, whose only common feature was marriage to the same woman.

Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Space 2000

  • Dist. by Women’s Learning Partnership, 30 min.
  • Leading women in politics, law and education from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere describe their unique experiences and perspectives on women’s empowerment and leadersip in their communities, and ways in which they use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to organize and educate.

Dirty Dancing

  • Dir. Emile Ardolino, 1988. Dist. by Vestron Video, 105 min.
  • In this coming-of-age feature film, a young woman vacationing in the Catskills in the ’50s learns not only about herself and her own family, but also about the people who live and work at the summer resort.

Dreams of Hind and Camilia

  • Dir. Mohamed Khan, 1991?. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 110 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • This feature film follows the hopes of two best friends who try to change their lives and attain emotional and financial freedom. On the way, they must face issues of labor, sexuality, motherhood, and marriage.

Eye on New York: Prostitution – The Boldest Profession

  • CBS production, 1975?, 30 min.
  • This taped television program presents prostitution as a crime perpetrated by greedy women who victimize gullible customers and the over-taxed legal system and economy. Methods of inquiry are interviews with prostitutes and secret filming of planted “customers” and officers in plainclothes performing “sweeps.”

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1990. Dist. by California Newsreel, 114 minutes. Bambara with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts two Malian women who struggle to control their lives in a patriarchal traditional society. Sissoko uses stock characters in Malian folk tradition to satirize men in the story.

Freedom Bags

  • Dir. Stanley Nelson, 1990. Dist. by Filmmakers Library, 32 min.
  • This documentary explores the lives of African-American women who migrated North from the rural South during the first three decades of the twentieth century. With little education and scarce jobs, most became domestic workers. Interviews with former domestic workers, photographs, and footage discuss their encounters with racism, sexual harassment, separation from loved ones, and forming relationships with other workers.

Hidden Faces

  • Dir. Lin Longinotto and Claire Hunt, 1990. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 52 min.
  • Southern Egyptian expatriate Safaa Fathay interviews and uses the writings of Nawal El Saadawi in order to discuss the issues of family, work, sexuality, and religion in the lives of Egyptian women.

The Holy Innocents (Los Santos Inocentes)

  • Dir. Mario Camus, 1986. Dist. by Karl Lorimar Home Video, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a peasant family in mid-’60s Northern Spain tries to contend with the selfish and dangerous whims of the landowners.

The Japanese Family: Early Summer (Bakushu)

  • Dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1951. Dist. by Janus Films, 135 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores the lives of a young working woman and her family, who wish her to marry a man they have selected.

The Japanese Family: Mother (Okaasan)

  • Dir. Mikio Naruse 1952. Dist. by Janus Films, 98 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  •  This feature film depicts the life of a woman and her family after WWII, after her husband and son dies and she becomes her children’s sole support.

A Jury of Her Peers

  • 1981. Dist. by Films Incorporated, 30 min.
  • Dramatizes the short story by Susan Glaspell about the isolation and oppression of a farmwoman in rural America in 1900.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

  • Dir. Connie Field, 1999. Dist. by Direct Cinema Ltd, 65 min.
  • Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II.

Living Images: A Woman’s Work

  • 1993. Dist. by Telecine, 30 min.
  • This film follows the progress of several UNICEF cooperatives in upper Egypt, funded by loans that women themselves back. The women create self-sufficient work projects by training each other in various crafts.

The Long Walk Home

  • Dir. Richard Pearce, 1993. Dist. by Miramax, 98 min.
  • This feature film stars Whoopi Goldberg as a domestic worker who takes part in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, although she must walk nine miles every day to the home of her employer, played by Sissy Spacek. The film explores the subjects of race, labor, and the relationships between women, men, and children.

Lucia

  • Dir. Humberto Solas, 198?. Dist. by Icaic, 160 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the personal lives of three different women named Lucia in 1895, 1932, and 196… against the backdrop of war and political agitation.

Made in India

  • 1998. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 55 min.
  • A portrait of the women’s organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million.

Made in Thailand

  • 1999. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 33 min.
  • A documentary about women factory workers in Thailand and their struggle to organize unions.

Naguib Mahfouz: Al-Sharida (The Wanderer)

  • Dir. Ashraf Fahmy, 1985. Dist. by Abel Aziz el Zoghby Films, 91 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a female lawyer contends with her domineering, weak-minded husband over her rights to work and to control her body and with his mistress over her ability as a wife.

Overseas (Outremer)

  • Dir. Brigitte Roüan, 1992. Dist. by Fox Lorber Homevideo, 96 min. French with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores one by one the lives of three French sisters living privileged lives in Algeria. Their stories show different relationships with each other and with marriage, and an increasing degree of involvement with Algerian resistance.

People Like Us: Social Class in America 2000

  • Produced by PBS, 120 min.
  • Using case studies and interviews, this video discusses how social class has as much influence as race or ethnicity in determining what kind of opportunities a person has in life.

The Price of Change

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 26 min., and 40 sec.
  • This documentary shows the progress of Egyptian women’s projects in family planning, literacy, and sewing workshops. The projects involve the training of women who in turn teach members of their own communities.

Rosie the Riveter

  • Dir. Connie Field, 1999. Dist. by Direct Cinema Ltd., 65 min.
  • Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II.

Sandakan No. 8

  • Dir. Kei Kumai, 1986. Dist. by Video Action, 120 min.
  • A young woman journalist met an old woman and heard about her life as a young prostitute in Borneo where the chief import was Japanese women for prostitution during the early 1900′s.

A Taxing Woman

  • Dir. Juzo Itami, 1987. Dist. by Fox/Lorber Homevideo, 127 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film that parodies action films, the heroine is a first-rate tax auditor-turned-inspector who turns her talents to rounding up a millionaire tax evader.

Two Dollars and a Dream

  • Dir. Stanley Nelson, 1988. Dist by Filmakers Library, 56 min.
  • This documentary explores the life of Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made woman millionaire, who made a fortune in skin and hair products for African Americans in the early 1900s. The film includes photographs, footage from the period, and interviews with former employees of Walker.

A Veiled Revolution

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 26 min. 30 sec.
  • In this documentary, women from different generations discuss a phenomenon taking place in Egypt: middle-class women are putting on the veils that their feminist forebears fought to take off. These women refer to their clothing as “Islamic dress.” They discuss such issues such as work, sexuality, religion, and equality.

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!?)

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1984. Dist. by Cinevista Video, 100 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a homemaker and domestic servant who works an 18-hour day confronts the vagaries of contemporary life in Spain.

Who Found the Missing Link? (Uranium)

  • 1991. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 26 min.
  • Tells the story of Lise Meitner and the work that led to the splitting of the atom. In following the progress of the various experiments and measurements, the program traces the paths that led to controlled nuclear fission.

Women of Summer: The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Working Women, 1921-1938

  • Dir. Suzanne Bauman, 1985. Dist. by Filmmakers Library, 55 min.
  • Documents an historic moment when feminists, unionists and educators came together to pursue a common social idea. From 1921 to 1938, seventeen hundred blue collar women participated in a controversial and inspired educational experiment known as the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers.

The Working Woman

  • Dir. Christine Huneke, 1985. Dist. by CBS, 60 min.
  • This film discusses the surge of (mostly white, middle-class) women into white-collar jobs. They face such difficulties as child care, job stress, the double day, and inequities in salary.

Latin American Studies/ Spanish Language Films

Isabel Allende: The Woman’s Voice in Latin-American Literature

  • Dir. Steve Kotton, 1994. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 56 min.
  • In this documentary, Chilean novelist Allende discusses the personal and political events that led to the beginning of and continue to inform her writing.

Americas: In Women’s Hands – The Changing Roles of Women

  • Dir. Rachel Field, Juan Mandelbaum, 1993. Dist. by The Annenberg/CPB Collection, 60 min.
  • This documentary explores the political mobilization of women in Chile that began in the 1960s and has continued to the present. Interviews, photographs, and film footage document the changes women have been making in family roles, labor, and politics.

Ay, Carmela!

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, 1991, based on play by J. Sanchis Sinisterra. Dist. by Prestige, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film that takes place in 1938 Civil War Spain, two Republican performers are taken prisoner by the Fascist army. Carmela makes the choice between saving their lives with a pro-Fascist show and preserving her patriotism.

Camila

  • Dir. Maria-Luisa Bemberg, 1984. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film based on a true story, a socialite from Buenos Aires runs away with a Jesuit priest. They attempt to live peacefully in a rural village, but politics and social mores interfere.

Carmen Miranda: Bananas are My Business

  • Dir. Helena Solberg, 1994. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 90 min. English and Portuguese with English subtitles.
  • Using archival footage, film fragments, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments, acclaimed director Helena Solberg goes behind-the-scenes to convey the true life story of the “Brazilian Bombshell,” Carmen Miranda.

Cría! (The Secret of Anna)

  • Dir. Carlos Saura, 1976. Dist. by Video del Sol, 1 hour 10 sec. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young girl’s secret about the death of her father reveals a complex array of emotions about her family, her mother’s death, and her own stifled impulses.

Danzón

  • Dir. Maria Rojo, 1991. Dist. by Columbia Tristar Homevideo, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman travels to Veracruz in search of her missing dance partner. Along the way, she begins to redefine her relationships with other people and herself.

Doña Barbara

  • Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, 1943. Dist. by Condor Video, 138 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film is a classic example of the mythical dichotomy between civilized, moral, man and “merciless Doña Barbara, devourer of men.” Based on novel by Romulo Gallegos.

Doña Perfecta

  • Dir. Alejandro Galindo, 1985. Dist. by Isela Vega Video, 115 min. Spanish with English subtitles. No picture for 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Adaptation of Benito Perez Galdos’s novel of the same title.

The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez

  • Dir. Alejandro Galindo, 1999. Dist. by Filmakers Library, 54 min. English and Spanish with English subtitles and voice over in English.
  • Documentary focusing on the odyssey of Guillermo Morales Paga´n, the son of Puerto Rican freedom fighters Dylcia Paga´n and William Morales.

Erendira

  • Dir. Guy Guerra, 1983. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young woman is exploited as a prostitute by her grandmother, the “witch.” The film plays upon the fairy-tale genre with several twists. Based on story from the book One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Frida

  • Dir. Paul Leduc, 1985. Dist. by Connoisseur Video Collection, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film, full of visual images and mostly unspoken, depicts the art, politics, and relationships of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter.

The Global Assembly Line

  • Dir. Lorraine Gray, 1986. Dist. by New Day Films, 58 min.
  • Portrays the lives of working men and women in the “free trade zones” of developing countries and North America, as U.S. industries close their factories to search the globe for lower-wage work forces.

The Harder They Come

  • Dir. Perry Henzell, 1973. Dist. by PolyGram Video, 93 min.
  • Cliff is the hero of this saga: a country boy who is ruthlessly exploited, first by his employer, then by the producer of his hit record, and who at last becomes a pot-pushing desperado in an effort to live up to the code of his favorite movie heroes.

The Holy Innocents (Los Santos Inocentes)

  • Dir. Mario Camus, 1986. Dist. by Karl Lorimar Home Video, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a peasant family in mid-’60s Northern Spain tries to contend with the selfish and dangerous whims of the landowners.

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite)

  • Dir. Nestor Almendros, Orlando Jiminez Leal, 1984. Dist. by ?, 110 min. French/Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This documentary is a compilation of interviews with Cuban intellectuals and homosexuals persecuted under the Castro regime.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

  • Dir. Hector Babenco, 1985. Dist. by Charter Entertainment, 120 min.
  • In this feature film, a political prisoner and gay window dresser share a cell. They find that their vastly different lives and dreams conflict but also mesh in crucial ways. Based on novel by Manuel Puig.

Like Water for Chocolate

  • Dir. Alfonso Arav, ?. Dist. by Touchstone Home Video, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman uses cooking to express her forbidden feelings about her lover, family, sexuality, and self. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel.

Lucia

  • Dir. Humberto Solas, ?. Dist. by Icaic, 160 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the personal lives of three different women named Lucia in 1895, 1932, and 196… against the backdrop of war and political agitation.

Nicholasa Mohr

  • Nov. 21, 1991, lecture at Drew. 120 min.
  • Mohr, a fiction writer, delivers a lecture entitled “Personal Odyssey Into Fiction,” about her formative experiences as a Puerto Rican woman writer.

The Official Story

  • Dir. Luis Puenzo, 1985. Dist. by Pacific Arts Video, 112 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, an Argentinian teacher’s growing political knowledge leads her to realize that her adopted daughter may have been forcefully taken from “los desaparecidos” during political purges in the mid-’70s.

Pubis Angelical de Manuel Puig

  • Dir. Raul de la Torre, 1982. Dist. by Condor Video, 117 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, an Argentinian woman dying of cancer dreams and reflects upon the political events in her life and her disappointment with men.

Tacones Lejanos

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1991. Dist. by Columbia Tristar Home Video, 115 min. Spanish.
  • The husband of a TV anchorwoman, ex-lover of her long-estranged singer-actress mother, is mysteriously killed, and both mother and daughter come under suspicion in a frenzied investigation filled with romantic mix-ups and mistaken identities.

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!?)

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1984. Dist. by Cinevista Video, 100 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a homemaker and domestic servant who works an 18-hour day confronts the vagaries of contemporary life in Spain.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

  • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1988. Dist. by Orion Home Video, 88 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature comedy depicts the confused lives of a television actress and all the people entangled with her.

Lesbian and Gay Issues

The Anatomy of Desire

  • Dir. Jean-Francois Monette, Peter Tyler Boullata, 1995. Dist. by Cinema Guild, 48 min.
  • Looks at the history of scientific research on the question of sexual orientation and how this research has affected lesbian and gay rights.

 Boys Don’t Cry

  • Dir. Kimberly Peirce, 1999. Dist. by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 118 min.
  • The story of the life of Teena Brandon, a transgender youth who preferred life in her male identity as Brandon Teena.

The Celluloid Closet

  • 1996. Dist. by Columbia TriStar Home Video, 102 min.
  • Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.

Daughters of Dykes

  • Dir. Amilca Palmer, 1998. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 14 min.
  • Five daughters of lesbian mothers talk about their views and their relationships with their mothers and other people in their lives.

Fire

  • Dir. Deepa Mehta, 1994. Dist. by Zeitgeist Films, 104 min.
  • Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country.

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite)

  • Dir. Nestor Almendros, Orlando Jiminez Leal, 1984. Dist. by Cinevista Video, 110 min. French/Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This documentary is a compilation of interviews with Cuban intellectuals and homosexuals persecuted under the Castro regime.

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

  • Dir. Maria Maggenti, 1995. Dist. by New Line Home Video, 94 min.
  • A story of two teenagers who unexpectedly experience the excitement, surprise and romantic fantasy of first love.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

  • Dir. Hector Babenco, 1985. Dist. by Charter Entertainment, 120 min.
  • In this feature film, a political prisoner and gay window dresser share a cell. They find that their vastly different lives and dreams conflict but also mesh in crucial ways. Based on novel by Manuel Puig.

A Little Respect: Gay Men, Lesbians, and Bisexuals on Campus

  • Dir. Anthoney Heriza, 1990. Dist. by Rutgers, 25 min.
  • Discusses issues of sexual orientation on campus.

Paris is Burning

  • Dir. Jennie Livingston, 1992. Fox Lorber Home Video, 76 min.
  • A documentary about the young homosexual men of Harlem who originated “voguing” and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream.

Silent Pioneers: Gay and Lesbian Elders

  • Dir. Lucy Winer, 1984. Dist. by Filmakers Library, 42 min.
  • This documentary uses interviews to explore the lives of several elderly lesbians and gay men. They discuss such issues as coming out, family, community, relationships, and the effects of age on their lives.

Songs of Sappho

  • Dir. Peter Steadman, 1988. Dist. by The New York Greek Drama Company, 25 min.
  • Ancient Greek with English subtitles. Andrea Goodman stars as Sappho in a production of Sappho’s poems set to music.

XXXY

  • Dir. Porter Gale and Laleh Soomekh, 2000. Dist. by University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 13 min.
  • A portrait of two individuals born with ambiguous genitalia that calls into question the medical practice of gender assignment surgery of intersex infants and children.

Media Images/ Stereotypes/Identity

The American Experience: Ida B. Wells–A Passion for Justice

  • 1989. WGBH Educational Foundation, 60 min.
  • A documentary on the African-American woman journalist who was a prominent fighter against racism and sexism and founded the first anti-lynching society in the world. Toni Morrison reads from Wells’s works in this film, which includes interviews and photographs.

Ethnic Notions

  • Dir. Marlon Riggs, 1986. Dist. by California Newsreel, 58 min.
  • Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and their role in political and social conflicts concerning race.

Hollywood Harem

  • 1999. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 25 min.
  • Examines Hollywood stereotypes of the East, with particular attention paid to the Middle East and the depiction of women of the East.

My Feminism

  • Dir. Dominique Cardone and Laurie Colbert, 1997. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 55 min.
  • Presents several women’s standpoints on feminism and their thoughts as feminists.

A Question of Color

  • Dir. Kathe Sandler, 1992. Dist. by California Newsreel, 58 min.
  • This documentary explores the issue of color consciousness within the African-American community. Images of beauty often embody Euro-American ideals and have negative effects on the self-image and lives of African Americans. This film particularly emphasizes these effects on African-American women.

Recovering Bodies: Overcoming Eating Disorders

  • Dir. Katherine Sender and Sanjay Talreja, 1997. Dist. by The Foundation, 34 min.
  • Focuses not simply on people’s problems with food, but on the renewed hope for a healthy life that the process of recovery can provide.  Presents the stories and testimonies of seven college students, showing the wide range of pressures that can lead to disordered eating.  Discusses the psychological and physical symptoms of eating disorders.

Sexual Stereotypes in Media: Superman and the Bride

  • Ian Martin, 1993. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 40 min
  • A humorous, introductory documentary that looks at the portrayal of the sexes in mass media. This British film uses a mix of film, television, advertisement, and music clips, fictional and factual programs that demonstrate or explain sexual stereotypes.

Slaying the Dragon

  • Dir. Deborah Gee. Dist. by National Asian American Telecommunications Association, 1987. 60 min.
  • This documentary traces the development of media images of Asian American women over the course of history. Anti-Asian sentiment over immigration and war have contributed to the negative portrayal of Asian American women as dragon ladies, passive lotuses, geishas, and the model minority. Film clips and interviews with Asian American actors and social scientists cover the social stereotypes that these media images create.

Slim Hopes

  • 1995. Dist. by The Foundation, 30 min.
  • Jean Kilbourne is the creator of the award winning film Still Killing Us Softly and a popular lecturer on college campuses. Using examples of over 120 ads from magazines and T.V., Slim Hopes offers a new way to think about demoralizing and life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women

  • Dir. Margaret Lazarus, 1987. Cambridge Documentary Films, Inc., 32 min.
  • Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. presents a slide lecture at Radcliffe College, where she discusses the discrepancy between advertising images of women and women’s real lives. These images have a “cumulative unconscious impact” on the viewer that teaches her/him how to relate to women’s bodies: devaluation of women as merchandise, internalization of self-image, and violence against women.

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity

  • Dir. Sut Jhally, 1999. Dist. by Media Education Foundation, 85 min.
  • Presents the first program to look systematically at the relationship between the images of popular culture and the social construction of masculine identities in the US in the late 20th century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that there is a crisis in masculinity and that some of the guises offered to men as a solution (rugged individualism, violence) come loaded with attendant dangers to women, as well as other men.

Middle East Studies

Algeria: Women at War

  • 1992. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 50 min.
  • A documentary on the situation of the woman in Algeria to-day. Some “Mudjahadines”, the women fighters during the war of Independence from the French (1954-1962), recall their own experiences: their hopes and their disillusion after the war, when the Government refused to recognize their role and contribution to the National Liberation Movement. A new generation of women tries to find a path between modern democracy and the fundamentalism of the Islamic faith.

The Arabs: A Living History – Family Ties

  • Dir. Colin Luke, ?. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 50 min.
  • In this documentary journalist Nadia Hijab documents the changing roles of Arab women and their work, family lives, and education.

Arab Women at Work

  • Dir. Maureen Ali, 1990s?. Dist. by United Nations Development Programme, 30 min.
  • This documentary explores the lives of women living and working in the Arab world. They perform 84% of the work in rural areas, yet women there earn an overall 75% of men’s wages. The film follows women in rural agricultural and urban industrial and professional work.

Calling the Ghosts

  • 1996. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 60 min.
  • Women survivors of Omarska Detention Camp describe the camp and the situation in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. Their release and recovery process are also described.

Daughters of Abraham: A Fight to Survive?

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-Smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 30 min.
  • This documentary profiles the lives of Tamar, a Kibbutznik and officer in the Israeli Denfense Force, and Zoe, a Palestinian who cannot leave the West Bank to visit her husband in Germany.

Daughters of Abraham: Frontiers of War

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 30 min.
  • This documentary interviews Geula Cohen, a freedom fighter, member of the Israeli parliament, and founder of her own political party. Her political stance is that only Palestinians who accept Zionism can stay in Israel.

Daughters of Abraham: Stateless in Gaza

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-Smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark films Inc., 27 min.
  • In this documentary, Mary Khass talks about her life as a Palestinian Quaker and pacifist who forms nursery schools and groups in refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. She works for political autonomy and peace.

Door to the Sky

  • Dir. Farida Ben Lyazid, 1989. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 107 min. French and Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, the death of her father makes a woman rethink her relationships with her French lover, Islam, and the sufferings of women around her. The three converge in the founding of a women’s shelter.

Dreams of Hind and Camilia

  • Dir. Mohamed Khan, 1991. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 110 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • This feature film follows the hopes of two best friends who try to change their lives and attain emotional and financial freedom. On the way, they must face issues of labor, sexuality, motherhood, and marriage.

Hidden Faces

  • Dir. Lin Longinotto and Claire Hunt, 1990. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 52 min.
  • Southern Egyptian expatriate Safaa Fathay interviews and uses the writings of Nawal El Saadawi in order to discuss the issues of family, work, sexuality, and religion in the lives of Egyptian women.

An Initiation Kut for a Korean Shaman

  • Dir. Diana S. Lee, 1991. University of Hawaii Press, 37 min.
  • This documentary based on the work of anthropologist Laurel Kendall follows the initiation of a Korean shaman. In Korea, all shamans are women, who receive spirits. Most of their customers are women, who engage shamans to ward away poverty and family disaster.

Living Images: We Beat the Rats

  • 1993. Dist. by Telecine, 20 min.
  • This short documentary follows the progress of a field rat control project engineered by women in rural Egypt.

Living Images: A Woman’s Work

  • 1993. Dist. by Telecine, 30 min.
  • This documentary surveys several UNICEF cooperatives in upper Egypt, funded by loans that women themselves back. The women create self-sufficient work projects by training each other in various crafts.

Measures of Distance

  • Dir. Mona Hatoum, 1988. Dist. by Women Makes Movies, 15 min.
  • Hatoum integrates taped conversations and photos, scholarly research and personal life into this short film that explores the thoughts of a Palestinian woman: her mother, whose letter Hatoum reads.

The Mountain

  • Dir. Hanna Elias, 1991. Dist. by Hanna Elias, 34 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this short narrative film, two women cross generational lines and social boundaries. A grandmother helps her granddaughter to elope, her only way to avoid an arranged marriage she does not want.

My Heart is My Witness

  • Dir. Louise CarreIn, 1996. Dist. Women Make Movies, 56 min. French with English subtitles.
  • Dramatization of correspondence and interviews with women from Africa and the Middle East about the condition of women in their countries.

Naguib Mahfouz: Al-Sharida (The Wanderer)

  • Dir. Ashraf Fahmy, 1985. Dist. by Abel Aziz el Zoghby Films, 91 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a female lawyer contends with her domineering, weak-minded husband over her rights to work and to control her body and with his mistress over her ability as a wife.

Overseas (Outremer)

  • Dir. Brigitte Roüan, 1992. Dist. by Fox Lorber Homevideo, 96 min. French with English subtitles.
  • This feature film explores one by one the lives of three French sisters living privileged lives in Algeria. Their stories show different relationships with each other and with marriage, and an increasing degree of involvement with Algerian resistance.

The Price of Change

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 26 min., and 40 sec.
  • This documentary shows the progress of Egyptian women’s projects in family planning, literacy, and work. The projects involve the training of women who in turn teach members of their own communities.

Rites

  • Dir. Penny Dedman, 1991. Dist. by Filmmakers Library, 52 min.
  • Documentary discusses female genital mutilation in Africa and interviews African women attempting to stop this practice. Although the film attempts to show both sides of this issue, it includes some questionably propagandist animation sequences and acting.

A Veiled Revolution

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 26 min. 30 sec..
  • In this documentary, women from different generations discuss a phenomenon taking place in Egypt: middle-class women are putting on the veils that their feminist forebears fought to take off. These women refer to their clothing as “Islamic dress.”

Women Under Siege

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 28 min.
  • This documentary explores the revolutionary roles of Palestinian women as mothers, soldiers, and workers living in the refugee community of Rashadiyah in Lebanon.

Religion

(also see Jewish Studies)

Behind the Veil – Nuns

  • Dir. Margaret Wescott, 1984. Dist. by First Run Features, 130 min.
  • Addresses the concern of Catholic nuns existing within a paternalistic church hierarchy. Looks to Christianity’s past to review women’s religious status and shows the role played by modern nuns.

Camila

  • Dir. Maria-Luisa Bemberg, 1984. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film based on a true story, a socialite from Buenos Aires runs away with a Jesuit priest. They attempt to live peacefully in a rural village, but politics and social mores interfere.

Daughters of Abraham: Frontiers of War

  • Dir. Richard Trayler-smith, 1988. Dist. by Landmark Films Inc., 30 min.
  • This documentary interviews Geula Cohen, a freedom fighter, member of the Israeli parliament, and founder of her own political party. Her political stance is that only Palestinians who accept Zionism can stay in Israel.

Door to the Sky

  • Dir. Farida Ben Lyazid, 1989. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 107 min. French and Arabic with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, the death of her father makes a woman rethink her relationships with her French lover, Islam, and the sufferings of women around her. The three converge in the founding of a women’s shelter.

Feminists for Life

  • 1991. Dist. by St. Paul Video. 28 min.
  • A videotaped lecture of Frederica Matthewes-Green, Vice President of Communications for Feminists for Life. She bases her anti-choice stance on what she refers to as the feminist principles of: nonviolence against the unborn and women’s bodies, rebellion against adapting women to a sexist society, and valuing womanhood and motherhood.

Hester Street

  • Dir. Joan Micklin Silver, 1974. Dist. by First Run Features, 89 min.
  • This feature film documents the American immigrant experience, as seen by Gitl, who tries to preserve the traditional Russian Jewish way of life despite opposition from her Americanized husband.

Hidden Faces

  • Dir. Lin Longinotto and Claire Hunt, 1990. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 52 min.
  • Southern Egyptian expatriate Safaa Fathay interviews and uses the writings of Nawal El Saadawi in order to discuss the issues of family, work, sexuality, and religion in the lives of Egyptian women.

In Her Own Time

  • Dir. Lynne Littman, 1985. Dist. by Direct Cinema Limited, 60 min.
  • This film is the last collaboration of Littman and anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff, whose fieldwork researches the Orthodox Jewish community of Fairfax in Los Angeles. The film integrates Myerhoff’s fight with cancer and reevaluation of religion with the lives of the people she works with.

An Initiation Kut for a Korean Shaman

  • Dir. Diana S. Lee, 1991. University of Hawaii Press, 37 min.
  • This documentary based on the work of anthropologist Laurel Kendall follows the initiation of a Korean shaman. In Korea, all shamans are women, who receive spirits. Most of their customers are women, who engage shamans to ward away poverty and family disaster.

Tell Me a Riddle

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1980. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 94 min.
  • In this feature film, the culmination of a woman’s lifelong assertion of independence and individuality occurs simultaneously with the diagnosis of cancer. Flashbacks explore the development of her identity and relationships with husband and children. Based on novella by Tille Olsen.

A Veiled Revolution

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 26 min. 30 sec.
  • In this documentary, women from different generations discuss a phenomenon taking place in Egypt: middle-class women are putting on the veils that their feminist forebears fought to take off. These women refer to their clothing as “Islamic dress.”

Yoruba Performance

  • Videotape by Henry John Drewal, 1990. Dist. by Instructional Media Services, 30 min.
  • Drewal videotapes several dances and other public ceremonial performances by Yoruba-speaking people. Many of these performers are women, community elders and child initiates. Drewal provides limited narration.

Sexuality, Gender, and Reproduction

A.C.T. For Equal Treatment

  • Dir. T.N. Pelc, 1990. Media Services, 15 min.
  • Subtle discrimination against female students is illustrated, including: personal remarks and touching, harassment over tardiness, jokes about women, cutting off class responses in favor of male responses, student/faculty interactions, and stereotypes. Viewers are encouraged to speak out and ask for equal status in the classroom and in other campus activity.

The Anatomy of Desire

  • Dir. Jean-Francois Monette, 1995. Cinema Guild, 47 min.
  • Looks at the history of scientific research on the question of sexual orientation and how this research has affected lesbian and gay rights.

Anaïs Nin

  • Women’s Collective lecture, January 28, 1973. 120 min.
  • A videotaped lecture and question-and-answer session in which Nin discusses the creation of identities for women: “Second birth is the creation of ourselves.” She discusses and emotional and psychic journey “to equalize the life outside.”

The Bigamist

  • Dir. Ida Lupino, 199?. Dist. by Matinee Classics, 80 min.
  • This film noir deals with such issues as infertility, adoption, infidelity, women’s work, and unmarried mothers.

Black Widow

  • Dir. Bob Rafelson, 1987. Dist. by CBS/Fox Video, 101 min.
  • In this feature film, a woman federal agent investigates the mysterious deaths of several wealthy men, whose only common feature was marriage to the same woman.

Camila

  • Dir. Maria-Luisa Bemberg, 1984. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film based on a true story, a socialite from Buenos Aires runs away with a Jesuit priest. They attempt to live peacefully in a rural village, but politics and social mores interfere.

Cesarian Sections

  • Richard Bey Show, 1987. 23 min, 13 sec.
  • Bey obnoxiously interviews an male obstetrician, female lawyer, and two other women and mothers on the issue of unnecessary Cesarian sections performed in the United States.

Dance, Girl, Dance

  • Dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1940. Dist. by Turner Home Entertainment.
  • This explores the lives of two showgirls, as they are affected by money, sexuality, relationships with other women and men, and artistic ideals.

Danzón

  • Dir. Maria Rojo, 1991. Dist. by Columbia Tristar Homevideo, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman travels to Veracruz in search of her missing dance partner. Along the way, she begins to redefine her relationships with other people and herself.

Doña Barbara

  • Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, 1943. Dist. by Condor Video, 138 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film is a classic example of the mythical dichotomy between civilized, moral, man and “merciless Doña Barbara, devourer of men.” Based on novel by Romulo Gallegos.

Dirty Dancing

  • Dir. Emile Ardolino, 1988. Dist. by Vestron Video, 105 min.
  • In this coming-of-age feature film, a young woman vacationing in the Catskills in the ’50s learns not only about herself and her own family, but also about the people who live and work at the summer resort.

Dreams of Hind and Camilia

  • Dir. Mohamed Khan, 1991. Dist. by Arab Film Distribution, 110 min. Arabic with English subtitles.
  • This feature film follows the hopes of two best friends who try to change their lives and attain emotional and financial freedom. On the way, they must face issues of labor, sexuality, motherhood, and marriage.

Eating: A Very Serious Comedy About Women and Food

  • Dir. Henry Jaglom, 1993. Dist. by Paramount, 110 min.
  • As women at a trendy Southern California birthday party talk about food, what they say reveals what they think about life, love, men and each other.

Erendira

  • Dir. Guy Guerra, 1983. Dist. by Media Home Entertainment, 103 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a young woman is exploited as a prostitute by her grandmother. Based on story from the book One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Eye on New York: Prostitution – The Boldest Profession

  • CBS production, 1975. 30 min.
  • This taped television program presents prostitution as a crime perpetrated by greedy women who victimize gullible customers and the over-taxed legal system and economy. Methods of inquiry are interviews with prostitutes and secret filming of planted “customers” and officers in plainclothes performing “sweeps.”

Fatal Attraction

  • Dir. Adiran Lyne, 1987. Dist. by Paramount Pictures, 120 min.
  • In this thriller, a psychotic professional woman stalks the family of her lover, a selfish professional excuse for a man.

Feminists for Life

  • St. Paul Video, 1991. 28 min.
  • A videotaped lecture of Frederica Matthewes-Green, Vice President of Communications for Feminists for Life. She bases her anti-choice stance on what she refers to as the feminist principles of: nonviolence against the unborn and women’s bodies, rebellion against adapting women to a sexist society, and valuing womanhood and motherhood.

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1990. Dist by California Newsreel, 114 minutes. Bambara with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts two Malian women who struggle to control their lives in a patriarchal traditional society. Sissoko uses stock characters in Malian folk tradition to satirize men in the story.

The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the U.S. Today

  • 1996. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 57min.
  • Vignettes from around the country, news footage, and interviews combine to show how restrictive legislation, funding cutbacks, and anti-choice violence affect abortion’s availability and how activists and clinicians are working to preserve abortion access.

Frida

  • Dir. Paul Leduc, 1985. Dist. by Connoisseur Video Collection, 108 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film, full of visual images and mostly unspoken, depicts the art, politics, and relationships of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter.

From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion

  • 1995. Dist. by Concentric Media, 57 min.
  • A documentary on the efforts to legalize abortion in the United States and on the social and medical dangers of illegal abortions prior to Roe vs. Wade. Also portrays the underground network that helped women procure safe illegal abortions.

Girls Like Us

  • 1997. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 60 min.
  • This documentary explores female teenage experiences of sexuality and pregnancy. Filmed in South Philadelphia over a period of four years and following its protagonists from age 14 to 18, it brings into sharp relief the conflicts of growing up female, exposing the impact of class, sexism and violence on the dreams and expectations of teenage girls.

Hidden Faces

  • Dir. Lin Longinotto and Claire Hunt, 1990. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 52 min.
  • Southern Egyptian expatriate Safaa Fathay interviews and uses the writings of Nawal El Saadawi in order to discuss the issues of family, work, sexuality, and religion in the lives of Egyptian women.

In Search of the American Dream: Inspirations

  • Dir. Robert E. Frye, 1990. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 52 min.
  • In this documentary Haskell Ward interviews African-American leaders of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. They discuss and look for solutions to the issues of urban violence, crime, child care, teenage pregnancy, economic inequities, and community development.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

  • Dir. Hector Babenco, 1985. Dist. by Charter Entertainment, 120 min.
  • In this feature film, a political prisoner and gay window dresser share a cell. They find that their vastly different lives and dreams conflict but also mesh in crucial ways. Based on novel by Manuel Puig.

Like Water for Chocolate

  • Dir. Alfonso Arav, 1994. Dist. by Touchstone Home Video, 105 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a woman uses cooking to express her forbidden feelings about her lover, family, sexuality, and self. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel.

Lucia

  • Dir. Humberto Solas, 198?. Dist. by Icaic, 160 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts the personal lives of three different women named Lucia in 1895, 1932, and 196… against the backdrop of war and political agitation.

The Marriage of Maria Braun

  • Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979. Dist. by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 120 min. German with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, a German war bride attempts to reconcile the shift in power, her relationship with her imprisoned husband, and the men for whom she is a prostitute in the aftermath of WWII.

Measures of Distance

  • Dir. Mona Hatoum, 1988. Dist. by Women Makes Movies, 15 min.
  • Hatoum integrates taped conversations and photos, scholarly research and personal life into this short film that explores the thoughts of a Palestinian woman: her mother, whose letter Hatoum reads.

Osaka Elegy

  • Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. SVS Inc., 1936. 75 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • Features film about a young working woman in Osaka who must deal with an embezzling father, sexual harassment from her employer, and abandonment by the man she wants to marry. A critique of Japanese society’s treatment of women.

Portrait of an Onnagata

  • Dir. Tineke Hulsbergen, 1994. Dist. by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 30 min.
  • This documentary explores a brief history of Kabuki theatre, a Japanese art form founded by a woman but now performed exclusively by men. The film profiles the life of an Onnagata, a male actor who portrays female characters. Art and gender become intertwined.

The Price of Change

  • Dir. Marilyn Gaunt, 1982. Dist. by Icarus Films, 26 min., and 40 sec.
  • This documentary shows the progress of Egyptian women’s projects in family planning, literacy, and work. The projects involve the training of women who in turn teach members of their own communities.

Pubis Angelical de Manuel Puig

  • Dir. Raul de la Torre, 1982. Dist. by Condor Video, 117 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • In this feature film, an Argentinian woman dying of cancer dreams and reflects upon the political events in her life and her disappointment with men.

Rape Victim Interviews

  • Feb. 1980? 10 min.

Rashomon

  • Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1950. Dist. by Embassy Home Entertainment, 83 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film uses multiple perspectives to explore a rape and murder through the eyes of the perpetrator, a woman, her husband, and the story’s narrator.

Rear Window

  • Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954. Dist. by MCA/Universal Home Video, 113 min.
  • This feature film uses the theme of voyeurism to explore the relationships behind and in front of the camera, when a photojournalist witnesses from his apartment what might be a murder.

Rites

  • Dir. Penny Dedman, 1991. Dist. by Filmmakers Library, 52 min.
  • Documentary about female genital mutilation in Africa and attempts by African women to stop this practice. Although the film attempts to show both sides of this issue, it includes some questionably propagandist animation sequences and acting.

Sexual Stereotypes in Media: Superman and the Bride

  • Ian Martin, 1993. Dist. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 40 min.
  • A humorous, introductory documentary that looks at the portrayal of the sexes in mass media. This British film uses a mix of film, television, advertisement, and music clips, fictional and factual programs that demonstrate or explain sexual stereotypes.

Silent Pioneers: Gay and Lesbian Elders

  • Dir. Lucy Winer, 1984. Dist. by Filmakers Library, 42 min.
  • This documentary uses interviews to explore the lives of several elderly lesbians and gay men. They discuss such issues as coming out, family, community, relationships, and the effects of age on their lives.

Slaying the Dragon

  • Dir. Deborah Gee, 1987. Dist. by National Asian American Telecommunications Association, 60 min.
  • This documentary traces the development of media images of Asian American women over the course of history. Anti-Asian sentiment over immigration and war have contributed to the negative portrayal of Asian American women as dragon ladies, passive lotuses, geisha, and the model minority. Film clips and interviews with Asian American actors and social scientists cover the social stereotypes that these media images create.

Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women

  • Dir. Margaret Lazarus, 1987. Cambridge Documentary Films, Inc., 32 min.
  • Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. presents a slide lecture at Radcliffe College, where she discusses the discrepancy between advertising images of women and women’s real lives. These images have a “cumulative unconscious impact” on the viewer that teaches her/him how to relate to women’s bodies: devaluation of women as merchandise, internalization of self-image, and violence against women.

Sweetie

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 1990. Dist. by International Video Entertainment Inc., 97 min.
  • This film explores the relationships between sisters, parents and children, and lovers. Fault lines erupt when members of a family attempt to assert themselves, sometimes at the cost of other members’ happiness.

When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories

  • 1992. Women Make Movies, 28 min.
  • Women who risked their lives and doctors who risked their licenses speak frankly to bring alive the era of back-alley abortions.

A World of Ideas – Science and Gender: Evelyn Fox Keller

  • 1994. Films for the Humanities, Inc., 30 min.
  • E.F. Keller, a theoretical physicist in the Dept. of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses how gender plays a significant role in the language that scientists use to describe their work.

Violence

The Accused

  • Dir. Jonathan Kaplan, 1988. Dist. by Paramount Pictures, 110 min.
  • A fiercely independent woman is gang raped, then battles the legal system twice, going after both her attackers and the onlookers whose cheering fueled and encouraged the assualt.

The American Experience: Ida B. Wells–A Passion for Justice

  • WGBH Educational Foundation, 1989. 60 min.
  • A documentary on the African-American woman journalist who was a prominent fighter against racism and sexism and founded the first anti-lynching society in the world. Toni Morrison reads from Wells’s works in this film, which includes interviews and photographs.

Black Widow

  • Dir. Bob Rafelson, 1987. Dist. by CBS/Fox Video, 101 min.
  • In this feature film, a woman federal agent investigates the mysterious deaths of several wealthy men, whose only common feature was marriage to the same woman.

Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War, and Women

  • Dir. Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelincie, 1996. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 60 min.
  • Women survivors of Omarska Detention Camp describe the camp and the situation in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. Their release and recovery process are also described.

Campus Rape

  • Dir. Gregory Hoblit, 1990. Dist. by Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, 21min.
  • Actors Corbin Bernsen and Susan Dey present interviews with rape victims from several college campuses and provide prevention information.

The Date Rape Backlash

  • 1994. Dist. by The Foundation, 58 min.
  • A critical examination of how media portrayal of date rape has evolved within a span of five years from portraying date rape as an epidemic to a view of date rape as feminist victim oriented propaganda.

Fatal Attraction

  • Dir. Adiran Lyne, 1987. Dist. by Paramount Pictures, 120 min.
  • In this thriller, a psychotic professional woman stalks the family of her lover, a selfish professional excuse for a man.

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

  • Dir. Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1990. Dist. by California Newsreel, 114 minutes. Bambara with English subtitles.
  • This feature film depicts two Malian women who struggle to control their lives in a patriarchal traditional society. Sissoko uses stock characters in Malian folk tradition to satirize men in the story.

Gift of a Girl: Female Infanticide

  • 1997. Filmakers Library, 24 min.
  • Explores female infanticide in southern India.

The Hitchhiker

  • Dir. Ida Lupino, 1993. Dist. By Sinister Cinema, 71 min.
  • While on their way to a fishing area, two men pick up a hitchhiker – not knowing that he is a sadistic and psychopathic killer.

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite)

  • Dir. Nestor Almendros, Orlando Jiminez Leal, 1984. Dist. By Cinevista Video, 110 min. French/Spanish with English subtitles.
  • This documentary is a compilation of interviews with Cuban intellectuals and homosexuals persecuted under the Castro regime.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

  • Dir. Hector Babenco, 1985. Dist. By Charter Entertainment, 120 min.
  • In this feature film, a political prisoner and gay window dresser share a cell. They find that their vastly different lives and dreams conflict but also mesh in crucial ways. Based on novel by Manuel Puig.

No time for Tears: Vietnam – The Women who Served

  • Dir. Elizabeth Bouiss, 1993. Dist. by West End Films, 59 min.
  • Documentary in which seven women who served in Vietnam as nurses and Red Cross personnel describe why they went, what they did there, how life in a combat zone changed them, and how their experience continues to effect them today.

Rites

  • Dir. Penny Dedman, 1991. Dist by Filmmakers Library, 52 min.
  • Documentary about female genital mutilation in Africa and attempts by African women to stop this practice. Although the film attempts to show both sides of this issue, it includes some questionably propagandistic animation sequences and acting.

Rashomon

  • Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1950. Dist. By Embassy Home Entertainment, 83 min. Japanese with English subtitles.
  • This feature film uses multiple perspectives to explore a rape and murder through the eyes of the perpetrator, a woman, her husband, and the story’s narrator.

Rethinking Rape

  • Dir. Jeanne M. LePage, 1986. 25 min.
  • In an in-depth look at “acquaintance rape” and its social causes, six persons of varying backgrounds, including a rape survivor, a social psychologist, and a male college student who nearly raped a good friend, share their personal experiences, research, and insights on this topic.

Sexual Harassment on Campus: Current Concerns and Considerations

  • Dist. by Old Dominion University, 120 min.

Sexual Harassment: The Wrong Idea

  • Dir. Janis Pettit, 1988. Dist. by The Office, 29 min.
  • Designed to sensitize American and international students, faculty, and staff to the cultural and gender issues surrounding sexual harassment and inform them of their legal rights and responsibilities. Nine vignettes portray campus sexual harassment incidents in both academic and work settings.

Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women

  • Dir. Margaret Lazarus, 1987. Cambridge Documentary Films, Inc., 32 min.
  • Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. presents a slide lecture at Radcliffe College, where she discusses the discrepancy between advertising images of women and women’s real lives. These images have a “cumulative unconscious impact” on the viewer that teaches her/him how to relate to women’s bodies: devaluation of women as merchandise, internalization of self-image, and violence against women.

Sweetie

  • Dir. Jane Campion, 1990. Dist. By International Video Entertainment Inc., 97 min.
  • This film explores the relationships between sisters, parents and children, and lovers. Fault lines erupt when members of a family attempt to assert themselves, sometimes at the cost of other members’ happiness.

Thelma and Louise

  • Dir. Ridley Scott, 1991. Dist. By MGM/UA, 130 min.
  • Thelma, a homemaker unhappy with her boorish husband, and Louise, a waitress and Thelma’s mentor. Two best friends take an unexpected road trip, running from the law. This buddy-type feature film explores the issues of rape, violence, relationships, and friendship.

Vienna Tribunal

  • Dir. Gerry Rogers, 1994. Dist. by Women Make Movies, 48 min.
  • Personal stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women’s Rights. This film dramatically captures the abuses women suffer the world over.

When Women Kill

  • Dir. Lee Grant, 1983. HBO Production, 60 min.
  • More men than women are convicted of murder at a ratio of sixteen to one. This documentary interviews women serving sentences two New York and California prisons. The majority of women who commit murder kill people they knew and had loved, often men from whom they had received abuse.

 

The following is an alphabetical list of Women’s Studies Films available in Drew’s Media Resource Center.  Click on a letter from the box on the right (at the top of the page) to see a list of relevant films.

A

The Accused

A.C.T. For Equal Treatment

Algeria: Women At War

The American Experience: Ida B. Wells – A Passion for Justice

Americas: In Women’s Hands – The Changing Roles of Women

Anaïs Nin Women’s Collective lecture

Anatomy of Desire

Antonia’s Line

The Arabs: A Living History – Family Ties

Arab Women at Work

Ay, Carmela!

B

Battered Wives, Shattered Lives

Behind the Veil – Nuns

The Bigamist

Black Wido

The Blot

Boys Don’t Cry

Breaking Silence

C

Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War, and Women

Camila

Campus Rape

Carmen Miranda: Bananas are My Business

Carrie

The Celluloid Closet

Cesarian Sections

Richard Bey Show

Christopher Strong

Clothesline

The Connection

Courage to Care

Covered

Cría! (The Secret of Anna)

The Crying Game

Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Space

D

Dance, Girl, Dance

Danzón

The Date Rape Backlash

Daughters of Abraham: A Fight to Survive?

Daughters of Abraham: Frontiers of War

Daughters of Abraham: Stateless in Gaza

Daughters of the Anasazi

Daughters of Dykes

Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Nile

Dirty Dancing

Doña Barbara

Doña Perfecta

Door to the Sky

The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez

Dreams of Hind and Camilia

E

Eating: A Very Serious Comedy about Women and Food

Erendira

Ethnic Notions

Eve’s Bayou

Eye on New York: Prostitution–The Boldest Profession

F

Fatal Attraction

Feminists for Life

Fighting for Our Lives

Films of Jane Campion

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes)

Fire

The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the U.S. Today

Freedom Bags

Frida

From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion

G

Gift of a Girl: Female Infanticide

Girlfriends

Girls Like Us

Girls Town

Global Assemblyline

Nadine Gordimer: “A Chip of Glass Ruby”

Nadine Gordimer: “Country Lovers”

H

The Harder They Come

Hearts and Hands

Hester Street

Hidden Faces

The Hitchhiker

The Holy Innocents (Los Santos Inocentes)

Hollywood Harem

I

Image Before My Eyes

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite)

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

In Her Own Time

An Initiation Kut for a Korean Shaman

In Search of the American Dream: Inspirations

Isabel Allende: The Woman’s Voice in Latin-American Literature

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing

J

The Japanese Family: Early Summer (Bakushu)

The Japanese Family: Mother (Okaasan)

A Jury of Her Peers

K

Kiss of the Spider Woman

L

The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

Like Water for Chocolate

“A Little Respect”: Gay Men, Lesbians and Bisexuals on Campus

Living Images: We Beat the Rats

Living Images: A Woman’s Work

The Long Walk Home

Lucia Dir. Humberto Solas

M

Made in India

Made in Thailand

The Makioka Sisters

Mandela

Maria: Indian Pottery maker of San Ildefonso

Maria’s Story

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Measures of Distance

Mermaids

Mississippi Masala

Toni Morrison

Mothers and Daughters in Midlife: The Era of Good Feeling

The Mountain

My Feminism

My Heart Is My Witness

N

Naguib Mahfouz: Al-Sharida (The Wanderer)

Naylor, Gloria

New Jersey Project

Nicholasa Mohr

No Time for Tears: Vietnam – The Women Who Served

Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography

Number Our Days

O

Flannery O’Connor: “Displaced Person”

Flannery O’Connor: “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”

The Official Story

O’Keefe, Georgia

Osaka Elegy

Out in Suburbia: The Stories of Eleven Lesbians

Overseas (Outremer)

P

The Parallax View

Paris is Burning

Peer Harassment

People Like Us: Social Change in America

Performing the Border

Platoon

Portrait of an Onnagata

The Price of Change

Pubis Angelical de Manuel Puig

Q

A Question of Color

Question of Silence

R

Rape Victim Interviews

Rashomon

Rear Window

Recovering Bodies: Overcoming Eating Disorders

Rethinking Rape

Rites

Rosie the Riveter

S

Sandakan No. 8

Sexual Harassment: Building Awareness on Campus

Sexual Harassment on Campus: Current Concerns and Considerations

Sexual Harassment: The Wrong Idea

Sexual Stereotypes in Media: Superman and the Bride

Silent Pioneers: Gay and Lesbian Elders

Slaying the Dragon

Slim Hopes with Jean Kilbourne

Songs of Sappho

Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women

The Story of Mothers and Daughters

Sweetie

T

Tacones Lejanos

A Taxing Woman

Tell Me a Riddle

Thelma and Louise

To Empower Women: The Beijing Women’s Conference

Tootsie

Tough Guise

Triple XY

Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi)

Two Dollars and a Dream

U

Under the African Sun: Program 5 – Women Artists

Union Maids

V

Veiled Hope

A Veiled Revolution

Ventre Livre

Vertigo

Vienna Tribunal

W

Walker, Alice

Welcome to the Dollhouse

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!?)

When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories

When Night is Falling

When Women Kill

Who Found the Missing Link? (Uranium)

The Wild Party

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues

Wilmar 8

Women, HIV and AIDS

Women of South Africa

Women of Summer

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women’s History: Darlene Clark

Women’s History: Blance Wiesen Cook

Women’s History: Elisabeth Giffith

Women’s History: Barbara Sicherman

Women’s History: Cecilia Morris Eckhardt

Women Under Siege

Women Who Made Movies

Women World Leaders

The Working Woman

A World of Ideas

X, Y, Z

Yoruba Performance