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Miss Representation
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute…
Killing Us Softly - Advertising's Image of Women
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals…
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Half The Picture - Female Directors Speak Out
This celebrated film follows female directors working in Hollywood. HALF THE PICTURE uses the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to these successful women directors about their career paths, struggles, inspiration and hopes for…
Out in the Night - Criminalization of Race, Gender Identity and Sexuality
Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are…
The Illusionists - The Globalization of Beauty
The Illusionists examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. Taking us from Harvard to the halls of the…
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Pornland - How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Pornography has moved from the margins of society into the very mainstream of American culture. From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men that jump off the screen and into…
Wonder Women - The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Kapow! Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines offers a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture as well as a powerful dose of Vitamin F(eminism) for the undernourished. From the birth of the 1940s comic book…
Souls of Black Girls - The Image of Women of Color in the Media
Filmmaker Daphne Valerius's award-winning documentary The Souls of Black Girls explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women. Valerius surveys the dominant white, light-skinned, and thin ideals of beauty that circulate in the culture, from fashion…
Embrace - The Body Image Movement
Taryn Brumfitt is a highly recognized body image activist whose powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide. After receiving more than 7000 emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realized that there was a global…
Tokyo Idols - A Fascinating Look at Sex & Gender in Japan
This festival favorite documentary gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on…
Slaying the Dragon - Media Stereotypes of Asian & Asian American Women
SLAYING THE DRAGON is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women since the silent era. From the racist use of white actors to portray Asians in early Hollywood films, through the success of Anna May…
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Generation M - Misogyny in Media and Culture
For all of the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this important new documentary, Thomas Keith, Professor of Philosophy at California State University-Long Beach, looks specifically at…
Playing Unfair - The Media Image of the Female Athlete
It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on…
Finding Kukan - Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's
KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When…
America the Beautiful - Obsession with Physical Beauty in America
Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to examine America's growing obsession with physical beauty and perfection, unearthing its origins and deadly risks. In AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL we see how increasingly unattainable images contribute to the rise in…
What a Girl Wants
During the spring of 2000, eleven girls aged 8 to 16 from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and two classrooms of middle and high school students were interviewed about their views on media culture and its impact on their lives.…
Date Rape Backlash - Media & the Denial of Rape
How did date rape shift from a "shockingly frequent... outrage," as Newsweek once called it, to a controversy over "crying rape," as New York magazine later labelled it? Susan Faludi, bell hooks, Mary Koss, Katha Pollitt, Neil Malamuth, and others,…
Girls: Moving Beyond Myth
This compelling new documentary focuses on the sexual dilemmas and difficult life choices young girls face as they come of age in contemporary American culture. Challenging long-held myths about girlhood, the film draws on the insights of girls themselves to…
Modern Hero - Incredible Women with Stories to Tell
This documentary series celebrates incredible women who are defying the odds, shattering glass ceilings and making a difference in their careers and in the world. These women are educators, businesswomen, nonprofit leaders, media personalities and everyone in between. MODERN HERO…
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