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The ACLU Freedom Files
The American Civil Liberties Union and Robert Greenwald present the ACLU Freedom Files, a revolutionary, 10-part series of documentaries that tells the stories of real people in America whose civil liberties were threatened and shows how they fought back. This dynamic news series, produced and directed by Emmy Award winner Jeremy Kagan, combines interviews, documentary footage, comedy, drama, music and animation to engage viewers and alert them to critical civil rights issues ranging from free speech to religious freedom. Features the following episodes: religious freedom, voting rights, gay and lesbian rights, women’s rights, youth speak, drug wars, beyond the patriot act, the supreme court, dissent, and racial profiling. (English, color, 280 minutes, DVD format, 2006)

A Career is Better Than a Job…Anyday
Presented by Women Unlimited. Funded by the Maine Department of Transportation. (13 min. 2003)

Abortion Denied: Shattering Young Women’s Lives
This video focuses on the legal blockades, particularly parental consent or notification, which prevent teenage women from obtaining safe abortions. Produced by the Feminist Majority Foundation. Companion guide available. (30 min. 1990)

The Abortion Diaries
The Abortion Diaries is a documentary featuring 12 women who speak candidly about their abortions (and other stuff). Their stories weave together with the filmmaker’s diary entries to present a compelling, moving and at times surprisingly funny “dinner party” where the audience is invited to hear what women say behind closed doors about motherhood, medical technology, sex, spirituality, love, work and their own bodies. The Abortion Diaries sidesteps the oppositional rhetoric of the so-called ‘abortion debate’ and brings the issue back to where it belongs: the dinner table. (30 minutes, 2005, DVD)

Abortion in Maine: A Report from Two Feminists on the Common Ground Committee
An on-campus lecture given as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Sharon Barker, Director of the Women’s Resource Center and Betheda Edmonds, Children’s Librarian of the B. H. Bartol Library in Freeport, share their experiences working on the Common Ground Committee. The committee was initiated in January, 1995 to address the growing violence surrounding abortions, such as the Brookline murders. The committee was the first of its kind, which gave each side (anti-choice and pro-choice) an opportunity to speak directly to the attorney general. (90 minutes, 1996)

Absolutely Safe
At a time when more women than ever are getting breast implants, fewer voices than ever seem to be asking “Why?” and Fewer still are asking “Are they safe?”  Absolutely Safe takes an open-minded, personal approach to the controversy over breast implant safety.  Ultimately, Absolutely Safe is the story of everyday women who find themselves and their breasts in the tangled and confusing intersection of health, money, science, and beauty. (83 minutes, 2008, DVD)
Accommodate, Assimilate, or Activate: Tomorrow’s Agenda for LGBT Rights

Jyl Lyn Felman, Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Brandeis University gives this discussion for a Women in the Curriculum Luncheon. (2002)

The Ad and the Ego
This video examines advertising (ads) as being an educational/socialization tool that sells concepts, images, and values to viewers. (59 min.)

Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love)
Anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba in search of the country’s remaining Sephardic Jews and her family’s ties to them. Her grandparents were Jewish emigrants to Cuba and hoped it would be their promised land. But like most Cuban Jews, they left Cuba after the revolution and resettled in the United States, with only a small number of Jews remaining on the island. Haunted by the Sephardic love song, “Adio Kerida” (Goodbye Dear Love), Ruth Behar’s filmic memoir is a lyrical journey into Cuba’s Jewish past and present that is filled with painful goodbyes and a passionate belief in the possibility of return A bittersweet and often humorous portrait emerges of the exotic tribe of Sephardic Jews left in Cuba, as well a the Jewish Cubans living in the United States. This unusually warm and intimate documentary is dedicated to the filmmaker’s father, who insists that goodbyes are final and you should never look back. (2002, 82 minutes, color)

Adrienne Rich
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. During her 40-year career, Adrienne Rich has been a poet of great moral presence and enduring creative power, a poet whose aesthetic is linked with her political sensibilities. Ms. Rich reads from An Atlas of the Difficult World, Diving into the Wreck, and The Fact of a Doorframe and talks with Michael Silverblatt.
(1992, 60 minutes, DVD and VHS format)

Africa Rising
From the Horn of Africa to the Western shores of the sub-Saharan nations, everyday 6,000 girls are subjected to a practice called female genital mutilation or FGM.  And everyday with little more than fierce determination and deep love for their communities, brave activists are leading the path against all odds to break the silence about this centuries-old tradition.  Together, these women and men have created a formidable grassroots movement to end FGM.  Masterfully directed by Paula Heredia, Africa Rising paints an intimate portrait of courageous individuals with dignity and strength, whose passion for justice is changing the course of history.  Covering rural stories from across the continent, Africa Rising will leave the viewer cheering for these unlikely heroes who share their conviction that ending female genital mutilation is within our reach and visible on the horizon. (2009, 62 minutes, subtitles, DVD)

After Stonewall
Sequel to “Stonewall, Before”, chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Narrated by Melissa Etheridge (88 min.)

After the Rape: The Mukhtar Mai Story
In 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a rural Pakistani woman from Meerwala, a remote part of the Punjab, was gang-raped by order of her tribal council as punishment for her younger brother’s alleged relationship with a woman from another clan.  Instead of committing suicide or living in shame, Mukhtar spoke out, fighting for justice in the Pakistani courts—making world headlines.  Further defying custom, she started two schools for girls in her village and a crisis center for abused women.  Mukhtar, who had never learned to read but knew the Koran by heart, realized that only a change in mentality could break brutal, archaic traditions and social codes.  Revealing the progress and fruits of Mukhtar’s labor, this powerful documentary tracks the school’s profound impact on the girls and families of Meerwala and shows how the crisis center empowers women seeking its help.  (2008, 58 minutes, subtitles, DVD)

Against My Will
In Pakistan, women who leave abusive marriages may be signing their own death warrants. They risk being disfigured or murdered by men who believe it is the only way to restore honor to the family. But at the Dastak women’s shelter in Lahore, women find a safe haven. Here, in this tidy building with a well-kept lawn, they live in safety, receiving both counseling and legal advice. Through the stories of women who take control of their own lives – and risk being killed – the film creates a portrait of one institution that is protecting Pakistani women, at least the women who can make it there. (50 min. 2002)

Alice Walker
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Alice Walker wrote her first book of poems as she traveled through Kenya and Uganda. She went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Walker reads from Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems, Horses Make A Landscape Look More Beautiful and excerpts from The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar. (60 min. 1989)

An American Nurse at War
This historical documentary focuses on WWI Red Cross Nurse Marion McCune Rice of Brattleboro, Vermont who spent four years in France helping wounded soldiers and civilians. Marion recorded her experiences with a camera, sending home 650 photos and 50 letters which are the basis of this documentary. Life within the hospitals is documented in unflinching detail from surgical treatment of horribly wounded soldiers through their convalescence with the nurses tending the bandages as well as the men’s morale with games, music, and outings. Marion’s voice lends outrage, humor and affection to this historic account of the 20th century’s first great war as well as women’s emerging role on the world stage. (36 min. 1997)

American Porn
It’s one of the hottest industries in America. Easier to order at home than a pizza, bigger than rock music, it’s arguably the most profitable enterprise in cyberspace. AT&T is in the business. Yahoo! has profited from it. Westin and Marriott make more money selling it than they do snacks an drinks in their mini-bars. And with estimates as high as $10 billion a year, it boasts the kind of earnings every American business envies. It’s pornography – and with adult movies, magazines, retail stores, and the growth of the Internet – business is booming. FRONTLINE reports on the forces behind the recent explosion of sexually explicit material available in American society and the pending political battle that may soon engulf the multibillion dollar pornography industry. (60 minutes, DVD & VHS)

American Religions and Cultural Expropriation
An on-campus lecture given by Rayna Green. Green addressed forms of Native religious appropriation including practices of New Age neo-shamanic cults, proto-feminists, eco-spiritualists, and guru-seekers. She examined the premises, results, and responses to appropriation. (75 min. 1997)

Amrita Basu
Dr. Basu gives the Keynote address at the Fifteenth Annual Maine Women’s Studies Conference held at the University of Maine, Orono. A Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, Basu has written two books on women’s activism in South Asia including: Two Faces of Protest: Contrasting Modes of Women’s Activism in India. She is also the editor of The Challenge of Local Feminism. (2000)

Anchor of the Soul
Anchor of the Soul provides the first, in-depth look at Black history and race relations in northern New England. This hour-long documentary tells the inspiring story of African Americans struggling to create and sustain a church in Portland, Maine. Since the early 1880s, the church has served as a spiritual home, a community center and a leader in the fight for racial equality in Maine. This film eloquently documents the experiences of African Americans living in the least diverse part of America. (60 min. 1994)

Anne Waldman
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Anne Waldman, twice the world heavy-weight poetry bout champion, has authored more than 25 books and chapbooks. She reads from Helping the Dreamer, New and Selected Poems and from unpublished work.

Annie Leibovitz
American Masters “Annie Leibovitz” She has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years. In this film, Annie Leibovitz’s artistic process, her personal journey and her delicate balancing of fame and family is captured on film by her younger sister. VHS Format.

Appearing Nitely-Lily Tomlin
There’s no defining Miss Tomlin. She is an uncanny actress, able to vanish into a shopping bag lady or a secretary who just lost her job…again, or a dude in a singles bar. The characters materialize so quickly, it’s startling. (85 min. 1992)

Arab Women: Image and Reality
In this video directed by Joan E. Biren, Arab women discuss the historical development of the Arab women’s movement, the impact of the Gulf War on Western perceptions of Arab women, and the role of Palestinian women in the Intifada, among other topics. (41 min. 1992)

Archives: Resources for Women’s Studies in the St. John Valley & Fiddling
An on-campus lecture and performance given by Lisa Ornstein, Director of the Acadian Archives, as part of the WIC Lunch Series. (90 min. 1996.)

Arlene Avakian
Avakian, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, reads from and discusses her books, Lion Woman’s Legacy: An Armenian-American Memoir and Through the Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meanings of Food and Cooking. (75 min. 1997)

Asking for Money and Prospect Identification
Kim Cline offers a grassroots approach to fundraising, emphasizing ways to overcome the reluctance to ask for money and how to identify prospective donors. (35 min.)

Auditioning for the Chorus Line
Mary Beth Mills, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colby College, speaks about migrant labor and gendered modernity in rural Thailand. Part of the Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series. (10/11/00)

Aunt Lena: Cabinet National Forest Unsung Heroine
A dramatized documentary of the first and only U.S. Forest Service Ranger and his wife who lived at the Bull River Ranger Station in Montana. Pauline “Lena” Gordon brings a unique women’s perspective on early problems her ranger-husband encountered. The story takes place in an era of westward expansion, of conflict between homesteaders and timbermen, and of communities coming together to build roads and schools, combat timber theft and fire, and negotiate their new lives in the West. (28 min. 1997)

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