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A Bit of Scarlet - Gay Characters in Post-War British Cinema
Any minority craves images of itself, and this compilation of clips from Britain's post-war cinema archives is a testament to the closeted appearances of gay characters and sentiments from filmmaking's earliest days. Following gay characters as they go from being…
A Drag King Extravaganza
What is a drag king? What is the Drag King Conference? Simply speaking, a drag king is a woman who dresses in a male persona for theatrical purposes. A Drag King Extravaganza, however, reveals that being a drag king is…
A Lady in the Spotlight
Episode 3 of Women First and Foremost
The lights dim, and across the silver screens of the world comes the flickering image of a lady. She is a movie star. In our movie stars, and in the entertainment industry as a whole, many women have worked to…
A Zenana: Scenes and Recollections - Women in Northern India
In India, the most secluded section of the palace was the zenana, or women's quarters. Here, until recently, palace women lived behind protective walls and brass doors firmly shut at night. This film is an account of women's life in…
Alex's Wedding
Chronicle of a rather particular afternoon during which the lives of three people change dramatically: Alex, the husband, goes to his in-laws' to bring home his second wife. Elise, Alex's childhood sweetheart and first wife, accompanies him--as she must, according…
All of Me: The Challenge of Obesity
Through the personal stories of three severely obese women who choose weight-loss surgery, All of Me shines a fresh light on the causes, challenges, and intense psychological struggles surrounding obesity in our society, as well as our attitudes and prejudices…
America the Beautiful - Obsession with Physical Beauty in America
Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to examine America's growing obsession with physical beauty and perfection, unearthing its origins and deadly risks. In AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL we see how increasingly unattainable images contribute to the rise in…
Anything You Want to Be
Anything You Want To Be was one of the earliest and most popular films of the Women's Movement. Made in 1970, this groundbreaking film about a teenager's humorous collision with sex-role stereotypes was one of the first to explore the…
Autumn Gem - Modern China's First Feminist
Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (Qiu Jin ) (1875-1907), a radical women's rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and…
Awakening
Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS
The story of the birth of the modern Women's Movement. When Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique came out in 1963, millions of American women felt the constraints of 1950s post-war culture, which confined them to the home or to low-paying,…
Bachelorette, 34
Kara, I just remembered, I met the perfect man for you He's 30, you're 30, it's perfect! The only problem is that he's Catholic and Republican, but that's nothing that can't be changed. CALL ME! Kara's mother is obsessed with…
Beauty Queens: Elizabeth Arden
As a pioneer of the cosmetics industry, Elizabeth Arden built up a business worth billions. Her goal was to make decorative cosmetics - previously the preserve of actresses and ladies of ill repute - accessible to women everywhere. Eila Hershon…
Beauty Queens: Estee Lauder
An insightful documentary on the development of the cosmetic industry and its social consequences. One of the most profound and far-reaching social changes of the twentieth century was the enfranchisement and liberation of women. This, in turn, removed the stigma…
Beauty Queens: Helena Rubinstein
Helena Rubinstein is rightly seen as one of the pioneers of a market worth millions - the female beauty market. Born in Krakow, Rubinstein started her career in the early years of the twentieth century in Australia, from where she…
Betty Tells Her Story
The story Betty tells is a simple one. She needed "the perfect dress" for a very special occasion. Betty describes in amusing detail how she found just the right one, spent more than she could afford for it, modeled it…
Between Allah & Me (and Everyone Else) - Muslim Women in Canada and the Decision to Wear a Hijab
Muslim women in Canada face challenges and uncertainties when they decide to start or stop wearing hijab, and encounter people with a variety of opinions. This candid and eye opening film challenges all viewers with emotions and humour, while revealing…
Big Dream - Young Women Entering STEM Fields
This film follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing & engineering (STEM) fields. Through video diaries and verite moments, each of these girls…
Bintou In Paris
A "fictional documentary" concerning the volatile topic of female excision, Bintou In Paris tells the story of a young Malinese mother faced with the critical decision of whether or not to excise her baby daughter. Conflicted between relenting to tradition…
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…
Buying Sex
Examines the debate over pending reforms to Canadian prostitution laws, which are being challenged by both pro- and anti-prostitution forces. Also looks at the legal status of prostitutes in other parts of the world.