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How to Lose Your Virginity - Myths & Misogyny Around a Rite of Passage
Female virginity. The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting it. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical definition for it. And 50 years after the sexual revolution, it continues to define young women's morality…
Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders - Women of the Civil Rights Movement
In 1965, when three women walked into the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C., they had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicians, they were ordinary women from Mississippi, and descendants of African slaves. They had come…
Gloria: In Her Own Words - Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem
Produced by Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt and HBO’s own Sheila Nevins, GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS combines recent interviews that showcase Steinem’s sharp sense of humor and compassion with archival footage and photographs from the 1950s to today. What…
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…
Step by Step - Building a Feminist Movement
This inspiring film follows the lives of eight Midwestern women, six of whom became founders of National Organization for Women (NOW). Set against a backdrop of decades of war, prosperity and reform, their stories beautifully illustrate the continuity and diversity…
The Red Pill - A Feminist's Journey Into the Men's Rights Movement
When feminist filmmaker Cassie Jaye sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men's Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs. Jaye had only heard about the Men's Rights Movement as being a misogynist hate-group…
Do Women Have a Higher Sex Drive? - A Candid Look at the Female Libido
This film explores the scientific, historical, biological and social aspects behind the female sex drive and female gaze. It examines the rise of sex toys, the success behind films like 50 Shades of Grey and asks women what they really…
Men: A Love Story - A Portrait of Masculinity in America
After spending nearly a decade as a journalist documenting young women sold as slaves into the sex trade, award winning filmmaker Mimi Chakarova ( The Price of Sex ) sets out on a journey across the United States to explore…
The Same Difference - Gender Roles in the Black Lesbian Community
A compelling documentary about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians based on gender roles. Director Nneka Onuorah takes an in-depth look at the internalized hetero-normative gender roles that have become all too familiar within the African American lesbian and bisexual…
Love and Marriage in Kabul - Challenging Marital Traditions in Afghanistan
Mahboba Rawi, founder of Mahboba's Promise, has dedicated her life to helping orphans, widows and schooling girls in Afghanistan. In this documentary, we follow her efforts to challenge centuries-old traditions to make a loving marriage happen for a young couple.…
The Big Flip - Stories From the Modern Homefront
What happens when mom has the big job and dad stays home with the kids? Over 18 months and 5 cities--Portland, D.C., Nashville, Seattle and L.A.--this timely documentary follows four American families as they navigate the trials and triumphs of…
Act & Punishment - Behind the Punk Rock Activist Group Pussy Riot
Russian activists Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich left Viona, an established activist collective, in order to form their own feminist punk rock group dubbed Pussy Riot. A public performance of an original song accusing Russian authorities of sexism quickly drew…
Women's Power - Female Leadership Around the World
This educational documentary offers a panoramic view of female leadership, creativity, wisdom, and courage around the world and over thousands of years. WOMEN'S POWER looks at female spheres of power in politics, economics, religion, medicine, arts, and letters, featuring a…
A Suitable Girl - Matchmaking & Marriage in India
A SUITABLE GIRL follows three young Indian women struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in verite for over four years, the film examines the…
Sonita - An Afghan Feminist Rapper
Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner SONITA tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the…
Growing Up Female - Women Talk About Socialization and Gender Roles
This is the very first film of the modern women's movement. Produced in 1971, it caused controversy and exhilaration. It was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and help explain feminism to a skeptical society. The film looks…
The Role of Gender
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson focuses on how all of us learn about gender from an early age, and explores some of the ways in which gender-based roles, expectations and assumptions are changing.
The Vanity Tables of Douglas Sirk - A Video Essay Exploring Gender in the Films of Douglas Sirk
A video essay exploring the frequency and meaning of Vanity Tables in a wide variety of Sirk movies. Is it a device that traps and keeps women in an artificial world with a limited point of view? Or is it…
Nana - The Lives of Live-In Nannies
Live-in nannies Leidy, Fina and Clara leave their children in distant towns to be raised by relatives while they move away to the city to care for somebody else's child. In a love chain, where mother figures are substituted and…
Paul Wears Dresses - The Intimate Journey of a Transgender Woman
Paul Wears Dresses follows the struggles of Stefonknee Wolscht, a transgender woman trying to rebuild her life. Losing her home and her family, Stefonknee gives a firsthand account of the many challenges transgender people face. Stefenknee Wolscht was the quintessential…