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Women and Gender studies has transformed from a fringe political position to a central tenet of modern academic study. These films showcase some of the conflicts that preoccupy gender theory today.

Gender Studies Collection

  • Picture a Scientist
    Picture a Scientist | Director: Ian Cheney   Sharon Shattuck  
    Year of production: 2020| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field sites, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

  • Surge
    Surge | Director: Hannah Rosenzweig   Wendy Sachs  
    Year of production: 2020| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Surge is about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic, barrier breaking 2018 midterm elections. The film follows three candidates in Texas, Indiana and Illinois who were running in uphill battles to flip their deep red districts to blue, including Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to ever be elected to Congress. Surge reflects on what drove women to disrupt the idea of what elected leaders look like and shows the importance of creating a pipeline of diverse, female candidates. Viewers see the challenges and triumphs of building grassroots campaigns and through it all Surge asks, is this a moment or a movement?

  • DOLORES
    DOLORES | Director: Peter Bratt  
    Year of production: 2017| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

  • Slaves of the Sword: Golda
    Slaves of the Sword: Golda | Director: Ruth Walk  
    Year of production: 2003| Country of production: Israel | Language: English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    “All my life I have worked among men and they have treated me on my merits. I never knew a man who gave in to an argument of mine because I was a woman – except my husband”.
    Golda Meir, the only woman ever to be elected P.M. in Israel. Her term lasted between the war of Attrition and the 1973 Yom Kipur Wars, following which she resigned from office.
    The ultimate Jewish Mother, Golda Meir, was in fact the Israeli Iron Lady, neither more civilian nor more feminine in her decisions than her male counterparts. Golda Meir continued the power politics of most Israeli leaders and personified Israel’s unyielding stand.

  • Winnie
    Winnie | Director: Pascale Lamche  
    Year of production: 2017| Country of production: France, Netherlands, South Africa | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bears the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

  • RBG
    RBG | Director: Betsy West   Julie Cohen  
    Year of production: 2018| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

  • Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image
    Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image | Director: Jenny McQuaile  
    Year of production: 2017| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. The exciting new documentary Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image examines the industries and obstacles responsible for this body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age. Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image sets out to change the imagery we are seeing and to bolster a movement that is redefining society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty to impact society at large.

  • A German Life
    A German Life | Director: Cristian Krones  
    Year of production: 2016| Country of production: Austria | Language: German (with full English subtitles available)

    Although Brunhilde Pomsel always described herself as just being a side-line figure and not at all interested in politics, she nevertheless got closer to one of the worst criminals in world history than anyone else presently alive. Today aged 105, Pomsel used to work as secretary, stenographer and typist for the Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Brunhilde Pomsel’s life mirrors the major historical ruptures of the 20th century and German life thereafter. Nowadays, many people presume that the dangers of war and fascism have long been overcome. Brunhilde Pomsel makes it clear that this is certainly not the case.

  • Trapped
    Trapped | Director: Dawn Porter  
    Year of production: 2016| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America.
    Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn’t be any higher. As the battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

  • CODE
    CODE | Director: Robin Hauser Reynolds  
    Year of production: 2015| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    CODE exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap, raising the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities in the tech industry, and how do we get there?
    Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA.

  • The Hunting Ground
    The Hunting Ground | Director: Kirby Dick  
    Year of production: 2015| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.
    Weaving together verite footage and first-person testimonials, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and legal justice, despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.

  • Girl Rising
    Girl Rising | Director: Richard E. Robbins  
    Year of production: 2013| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    GIRL RISING journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors (including Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek) give them voice.

  • Leaving Africa
    Leaving Africa | Director: Iiris Harma  
    Year of production: 2015| Country of production: Finland | Language: English, Finnish, Luganda (with full English subtitles available)

    Finnish doctor Riitta has been working in Uganda for more than 25 years. Together with her Ugandan friend Catherine, she brings sex education to Ugandan villages, challenging priests, imams, women and their husbands to discussions on women’s rights to their bodies, sexuality and life. In ultra-conservative Uganda, this soon leads to serious complications, jeopardizing their entire life’s work. This is a film about the quest for gender equality in Africa and the world’s greatest challenge – mitigating the population explosion.

  • Girl Model
    Girl Model | Director: Ashley Sabin   David Redmon  
    Year of production: 2011| Country of production: USA | Language: English, Japanese, Russian (with full English subtitles available)

    Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound.

  • #chicagoGirl
    #chicagoGirl | Director: Joe Piscatella  
    Year of production: 2013| Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    From her childhood bedroom in suburban Chicago, Ala’a, a 19-year-old American girl coordinates the revolution in Syria.
    Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and cameraphones, she helps her social network “on the ground” in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to show the world the human rights atrocities of a dictator. But just because the world can see the violence doesn’t mean the world can help. As the revolution rages on, everyone in the network must decide what is the most effective way to fight a dictator: social media or AK-47s.

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