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Women’s Studies Library of Films

These films are available for viewing from Media Resources in the IUP Libraries, on the first floor across from the Reference Desk. Students may view them with the equipment in the Media Resources area.

Annapurna: A Woman’s Place — Inspiring story of ten women who in 1978 did what no American had done before—climbed Annapurna, one of the world’s tallest and most dangerous peaks (45 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4804

Anonymous Was a Woman — Examines the climate for artistic expression by women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing primarily on women’s work in such handicrafts as quilting (30 minutes, Films Incorporated) VCV 1905

Body Beautiful — Exploration of a white mother who undergoes a mastectomy and her black daughter who embarks on a modeling career, revealing the effects of body image and of racial and sexual identity (23 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4805

Boys Will Be... — Four friends get together over dinner and discover that one of them is beating his wife. In confronting the friend, each man comes to face with his own misogyny and violence. (33 minutes, Carle Medical Communications) VCV 4312

Clothesline — A humorous look at the love/hate relationship women have with cleaning the family’s clothes. This film pays homage to the commonality of women’s experiences at the washboard or the laundromat. (32 minutes, Filmakers Library) VCV 4564

Daughters of the Dust — A large African-American family prepares to move north at the dawn of the twentieth century (Baker and Taylor Video) VCV 5363

Diana’s Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front — Realizing the extreme inadequacy of local information on AIDS prevention, cosmetologist Diana and her partner take on the task of educating the black community of Columbus, S.C. (29 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV4806

Electing Women — Presents women involved in the national elections (28 minutes, Great Plains National Instructional Television Library) VCV 3691

Enough Crying of Tears — Moving testimonials of three members of the Comadres, an organization of more than seven hundred women relatives of the disappeared in El Salvador (28 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4807

For Women — Explores voluntary sterilization as birth control method (34 minutes, Bureau of Community Health Services) VCV 2903

Growing Up and Liking It — The monthly menstruation cycle, that natural occurrence from time immemorial, has made women the object of superstition and taboo and is the subject of this fresh and often humorous video. (28 minutes, Filmakers Library) VCV 5346

Hearts and Hands — A social history of nineteenth-century women and quilts (63 minutes, Hearts and Hands Media) VCV 3845

Holding Our Ground — Women and children working together in the Philippines find hope through action when they organize to improve the quality of their lives. (51 minutes, International Film Bureau) VCV 4624

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice — Documents the life and times of Ida B. Wells, the pioneering Afro-American journalist, activist, suffragist, and anti-lynching crusader of the late nineteenth and twentieth century (53 minutes, William Greaves Productions Inc.) VCV 5335 and 4721

Imitation of Life Video — The story of two women who are trying to find success but end up finding that success isn’t everything. Includes both the 1934 and 1959 releases. (Baker and Taylor Video) VCV 5306 and 1422

Kiss on the Mouth — This film examines female prostitution in urban Brazil. (30 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4809

Living — Describes the life and activities of the rural peasants of Maoping village, Zhejing province. Details women’s activities, family relations, farming, and village politics and government (57 minutes, Time-Life Video) VCV 1937

Love, Women, and Flowers — A horror story of hazardous labor conditions for the sixty thousand women who work in Columbia’s flower industry (58 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4808

Machismo — Shows machismo flourishing in Brazil, where a man can kill his wife because he thinks she may have glanced at another man and how they feel that this is an act of honor (14 minutes, Films for the Humanities and Sciences) VCV 4445

Mirror, Mirror — Exploration of the relationship between a woman’s body image and the quest for the idealized female form (17 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4810

Motherlove — Accompanied by flashbacks to the depression era, a woman quietly reminisces about the struggle of raising a daughter alone. (20 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4811

Myths that Maim — Images of our culture that show patterns of dominance and subordination that lead to violence and abuse. (45 minutes, Encinitas Center for Family and Personal Learning) VCV 5570

No Longer Silent — Women in India break their tolerant silence and come together to work against sex discrimination. (57 minutes, International Film Bureau) VCV 4625

One Fine Day — A montage set to Kay Weaver’s One Fine Day, showing courageous women whose lives serve as positive examples of what women can achieve (6 minutes, Ishtar Films) VCV 5242

Take the Power — These two inspirational images from Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock have become feminist classics. (6 and 7 minutes, Ishtar Films) VCV 5243

Positive Images: Portraits of Women with Disabilities — Designed to provide positive, realistic pictures of the lives of women with disabilities and the social, economic, and political issues they face (58 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 5334

Rites — This program explores the custom of female circumcision, which has been commonplace throughout history. (52 minutes, Filmakers Library) VCV 5532

She’s Nobody’s Baby — Hosts Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas trace the evolution of the roles and lives of women in the twentieth century. (36 minutes, Ms. Magazine Production) VCV 4145

Small Happiness — An exploration of sexual politics and the reality of life in contemporary, rural China. Chinese women of Long Bow speak frankly about footbindings, the new birth control policy, work, love, and marriage. (58 minutes, Long Bow Group) VCV 938

Space for Women — Interviews women employed in NASA’s space transportation programs and shows the variety of jobs that they hold (28 minutes, National Audivision Center) VCV 3035

Still Killing Us Softly — Discusses the manner in which women are portrayed by advertising and the effects this has on women and their image of themselves (32 minutes, Cambridge Documentary Films) VCV 3683

Strangers in Good Company — Eight old women stranded in the wilds of northern Quebec with little to eat, nowhere to sleep, and not very much in common turn a crisis into a magical time of humor and sharing. (105 minutes, First Run/Icarus Films) VCV 5662 and 5338

Taking Our Bodies Back: The Women’s Health Movement — Exploring the critical areas of the women’s health movement, this film documents a growing movement of women to regain control of their bodies in the face of the medical industry. (33 minutes, Cambridge Documentary Films) VCV 5244

Tell Someone! — A program for combatting sexual harassment (60 minutes, University of Michigan) VCV 2469 A and B

Things You Mother Never Told You — Forty women from diverse ages and backgrounds, who have each raised grown children, share their perceptions on many aspects of being a mother. (58 minutes, Filmakers Library) VCV 5345

To Have and To Hold — Interviews with men who used to batter women but who sought help from Emerge: a men’s counseling service on domestic violence in Boston (20 minutes, New Day Films) VCV 4659

Very Enterprising Women — Shows how women have started their own businesses and what is needed to make it as a woman in the business world (15 minutes, National Audiovision Center) VCV 718

Waking Up to Rape — This is a powerful film that examines the personal trauma of rape, its long-term psychological effects, societal attitudes about sexual assault, and the problem of racism in the criminal justice system. (35 minutes, Women Make Movies) VCV 4812

With Babies and Banners — Combines the archival footage and interviews with participants to trace the role of women in the formation of the United Auto Workers (45 minutes, New Day Films) VCV 3110

Woman’s Place — The ceremonies surrounding childbirth are the jumping-off point for a recreation of the rites simulating the creation of the world, illustrates the realm of women in ancient Egypt. (23 minutes, Films for the Humanities and Sciences) VCV 2744

Women of Steel — Story told in the words of four former female steelworkers about their work and life in the steel mills (28 minutes, Mon Valley Media) VCV 4152

Working for Your Life — Explores the health and safety conditions of America’s working women by examining the hazards and demands they face in their workplaces (58 minutes, Labor Occupational Health Program Films) VCV 2847

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