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Camp Arirang

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Examines prostitution that flourishes around U.S. army bases in South Korea.
DVD
1997; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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Thelma & Louise

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Two women friends leave their partners for a short trip, but an unexpected incident turns them into fugitives from the law.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Vogliamo Anche le Rose

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A documentary which aims to portray the deep change brought on by the sexual revolution and the feminist movement in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Way Home

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"Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women, representing a cross-section of cultures in America, came together to share their experiences of oppression through the lens of race. Separated into eight ethnic councils, (Indigenous, African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina and multi-racial) the women explore their stories of identity, oppression, and resistance. It is the intention of World Trust to use this video as a catalyst for powerful learning, healing and transformation"--Container.
DVD
2010; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ayla

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An independent Turkish woman living in Germany falls in love with a photographer, not knowing that he is complicit in a plot to harass his sister who has dishonored her family by fleeing her husband in order to raise her daughter in Germany.
DVD
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Performing the Border

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"Set in Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble equipment across the border from El Paso, Texas, this work investigates the growing impact of the global economy on Mexican women who live and work in the area. The video explores the sexualization of the border through labor division, prostitution, the expression of female desires in the entertainment industry, and sexual violence in the public sphere..."--Container.
DVD
1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Emma

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A young gentlewoman's matchmaking schemes for herself and others cause upheaval in her English village.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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10: A documentary-style film paints a portrait of contemporary Iran, as seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various passengers -- including her young son, her sister, an old woman, a hitchhiking prostitute, and a jilted bride.; Abbas Kiarostami : 10 on Ten: In this documentary, Kiarostami gives an in-depth interview that is a seminar on Kiarostami-style film making.
DVD
2004; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Runaway Grooms

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Many men of Indian origin residing in the West travel to India to meet an Indian woman, marry her and bring her to the West. Increasingly a large percentage of these brides are abandoned over dowry disputes. "Runaway Grooms" looks into this disturbing trend that has shattered the lives of at least 10,000 women in India. The social structures, laws and customs in India make it possible for women and their families to be ruthlessly exploited. The film profiles Namita Jain and Sonia Kaur who were deserted by their husbands.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Women as Role Models

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The women featured in this inspiring series speak candidly and from the heart about their lives, their successes and their roles as women.
VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
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Shackled Women

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Program assesses second- and third-world abuses of women's rights by the male establishment and examines how female collaboration sometimes contributes to their perpetuation.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Women, a True Story

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Reveals the heart, mind, and soul of half of the world's human population--women. In each program, women from around the world tell their personal stories and discuss the burning issues facing all women today.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Windows on Women

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Using clips from television programs presented on PBS over the past ten years, host Ruby Dee discusses what has happened in the struggle of women to break into the world of men.
VHS
1985
Ivy (By Request)
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Awa: A Mother in West Africa

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This is an intimate portrait of a single mother in Burkina Faso who supports her six children through her street-side rice business. Like so many African women, Awa has received no formal education and operates within the informal sector earning, on average, about a day. As Awa narrates her life story, she never pauses in her unending preparation of the rice. Her father forced her to marry his childhood friend and she bore four children before her husband died. Her husband s three other wives resented this new favorite and would not help her once she was widowed. Sustained by her faith in God, she began a street vending business to survive. Marrying again, this time for love, she was soon abandoned but left with two more children to feed. The film takes us through Awa s arduous 16 ho [...]
Online
2006
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City Walls -My Own Private Tehran

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In this disarmingly intimate and revealing film three generations of women in an Iranian family describe their struggles for survival within marriages founded on Iranian traditions. The filmmaker's grandmother was married at 13 to a ne'er-do-well who spent what little money there was on opium and drinking. She became a maid and a wet nurse in order to earn enough to feed her six daughters. Both the filmmaker's mother and then the filmmaker herself entered difficult marriages, each of which ended in divorce. The third generation however had one advantage. The Revolution allowed girls to get a university education--even girls from poor families. So the filmmaker, Sonia, was able to study in Iran and abroad in Switzerland. As the women tell their stories the audience gets a glimpse of t [...]
Online
2008
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City of Dreams

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Juarez is often called "City of Dreams" because hundreds of thousands of young women have been drawn to this frontier town from the most impoverished regions of Mexico. They aspire to a life free from poverty and free from the male-dominated traditional family and village. Since 1993 over two hundred of these young women have been murdered, and the crimes barely investigated. Many of the victims were assembly-line workers in the over four hundred mostly US-owned factories. This compelling documentary focuses on the social causes at the root of the unsolved murders. The factories, known as "maquiladoras" have brought the city jobs and opportunities otherwise rare in Mexico, but also enormous social changes as a result of free trade and globalization. Mexican human rights activists con [...]
Online
2001
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Daughters of the Canopy

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This vibrant film focuses on the struggles and successes of two local women's groups fighting to preserve their land, forests, and way of life in Brazil's Amazon region. The women combine scientific study, political advocacy, and grassroots activism to save their communities fields and forests from ranchers and loggers and to improve their standard of living. The farmers in Quinandeua invited Dr. Patricia Shanley, an American ethno-botanist from the Woods Hole Research Center, to educate the community about the use of non-timber forest products. As one villager says, "she showed us the value of the forest, that wood and fruit are both important." They have become aware that the forests must stay intact for fruits and herbs to be harvested for food and medicine. Through their particip [...]
Online
2004
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Sworn Virgins

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Why would a girl swear to stay a virgin? What kind of tradition sanctions this form of self-denial? In a mountainous area of Albania, an ancestral code of laws -- observed to this day -- placed women in the bottom rank of society. It dictates that "a woman is a sack, made to endure." A woman cannot choose her husband, buy or sell property or express herself politically. For centuries, on a bride s wedding day, her father gave the groom two bullets, to be used to kill his daughter in case she misbehaved and dishonored the clan. But there is a loophole. The ancient laws allowed certain women known as "Sworn Virgins" to take an oath in front of their clan, announcing their intention to remain virgins. This fascinating film reports on several unusual Albanian women who dress, act, talk, [...]
Online
2008
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Salt Harvesters of Ghana

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This starkly beautiful film exemplifies the burden borne by African women to survive and support their families. The Ghanaian women who live on a lagoon in Ada, mine for salt with their bare hands during the three month-long dry season. Ankle deep in brackish water, they bend, scoop, bag and tote the raw salt, often developing sores and swellings. But they are happy to have this seasonal work and their indomitable spirit shines through. They boast that the men would not be as skillful in collecting and cleaning the salt. Their families depend on the meager income from the sale of salt to provide food and clean water. Women have done this back-breaking work for the last three hundred years. Although they dream of improving their lives with their income, in the end they have to spend a [...]
Online
2009
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Not Without My Veil ; Amongst the Women of Oman

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The Western view of the Islamic woman is that she is oppressed and confined. This film on the women of Oman shows a different reality. It introduces us to educated, independent women who dress in the traditional way, yet are moving into new areas for women. Dagmar Taylor- Al Busaidy, who spent her formative years in England, moved back to Oman in 1976 when the new Sultan was ushering in changes. She remembers that when she dressed in Western clothes she was an object of curiosity and had difficulty pursuing her goals. Once she donned the veil, she was free to pursue her vocational interests. Favziya Al-Kindy's father made certain that his daughter was given as good an education as his sons. As a result, she was able to attain a high professional status as an economist in the banking [...]
Online
1995