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Band of Sisters - Catholic Nuns and Social Justice in the U.S.
In the tumultuous 1960s, Catholic sisters embrace the call of Vatican II, venture forth from their convents, and become leaders in the feminist, civil rights, antiwar and environmental movements. Fifty years later, U.S. nuns continue to champion those who are…
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A Thousand Mothers - Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar
Set at an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, A THOUSAND MOTHERS is an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women in Myanmar are quite limited, this…
Pink Smoke Over the Vatican - Female Roman Catholic Priests
This is a film about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. On June 3, 2008, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the modern name for The…
Daughters Of Dolma - Buddhist Nuns
DAUGHTERS OF DOLMA takes viewers on a journey revealing a distinctively female experience of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. This feature-length documentary brings to the screen not just Buddhist spirituality and qualities like compassion and kindness, but Tibetan Buddhist…
The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns
This documentary tells the story of women fighting to gain their place as female monks, or Bhikkhunis, in male dominated Buddhist traditions around the world. "It's like a revolution has happened for women in Buddhism across the globe, yet if…
Daughters of Wisdom - Education Extended to Monastic Nuns
For centuries, Buddhist monasteries have served as spiritual and educational centers for the people of Tibet, particularly in rural areas. But for the most part, monastic life is available only to men as it has long been believed that educating…
The Return of Sarah's Daughters - The Orthodox Jewish world
An award-winning film about three secular women as they enter the Orthodox Jewish world. As they grapple or embrace, their experiences throw pat answers about tradition, community, and meaning into relief. "Enlightening, engaging...Personalizes the often faceless tussle between secular and…
Goddess Remembered
This poetic documentary is a salute to 35 000 years of "pre-history," to the values of ancestors only recently remembered, and to the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. Goddess Remembered features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish, Starhawk, Charlene…
Out of Order
In Out of Order six former Catholic nuns tell why they entered and why they left religious life. The women (filmmaker Diane Christian is one of them) describe their years in the convent and their return to the secular world.…
Nangchen Shorts - Rural Life in Tibet
A series of short films about life in remote, rural Tibet. They were filmed in and around Kala Rongo, a Buddhist Monastery exclusively for women in Kham, Tibet. Clip #1: "Water" - Clip #2: "Ritual Objects" - Clip #3: "Tsampa"…
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The Sisters of Ladakh - Himalayan Feminine Buddhism
Buddhism is mostly known in the West through male monks. The Sisters of Ladakh is a unique inquiry into the feminine vision of Buddhism. Filmed on location in Ladakh, on the Himalayan border between India and Tibet, this documentary features…
The Fully Ordained Meat Pie
According to Father Ian Herring, "It would be analogous to consecrating a meat pie on the altar of God to ordain a woman..." This challenging and provocative documentary deals with one of the most controversial issues in the Christian community:…
Breaking Silence: The Sisters at deSales Heights
This compelling documentary reveals life behind the cloistered walls of a 150-year-old monastery, as it follows the twelve elderly nuns preparing to face the outside world for the first time in their adult lives. Breaking Silence: The Story of the…