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Can Markets Be Feminized?
An on-campus presentation by Gail Omvedt as part of the Women’s History Celebration. Omvedt, a scholar-activist, discusses her work with women’s groups, farmers organizations, and anti-caste movements in India. (90 min. 1995)

Can the New Right Torpedo Diversity in the New History Standards?
An on-campus discussion held as part of Women’s History Celebration. The National Endowment for the Humanities Center for History in the Schools’ call for new history standards that reflect the diversity brought by race, gender and ethnicity has fueled fears of a conservative backlash. Lynn Nelson, Associate Professor of Education, Eileen Eagan, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, and Pat Sirois, Chair of the Bangor High School History Department, discuss the controversy over whether to give voice to those long kept silent by traditional approaches to history. (90 min. 1995)

Canada on Stage
An on-campus event presented by Sandra Hardy, Associate Professor of Theatre and Patricia Riggin, Assistant Professor of Theatre, who direct performances of scenes by Canada’s most recent and provocative female playwrights. (1996)

Career Encounters: Women in Engineering
Produced by the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network, this video portrays women working in a variety of engineering careers in areas including the paper industry, telecommunications and the environment. Academic preparation, mentoring, and family life are also discussed. (1993)

Career Patterns of Women in Science
Gerhard Sonnert. Part of the Fall 2002 WIC Lunch Series.

Carolyn Forche
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Carolyn Forche, in her lyrical and deeply resonant poetry, meditates on the brutalities and injustices of the 20th century. Ms. Forche, who received a Lannan Poetry Fellowship, read the entire text of The Angle of History. (94 min. 1994)

Carolyn Forche
Different from above listing. Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Carolyn Forche is an impassioned and acutely observant poet. Her poetry is lyrical, astute, sensitive, and deeply resonant in writing of brutalities and injustices of the 20th century, from Hiroshima to El Salvador. She reads from Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between US, and work in progress. (65 min. 1990)

Challenging Empire: Iraq, the UN, and the ‘Second Super-Power’
Howard B. Schonberger Lecture Series with Phyllis Bennis. 10-21-04.

Changing Worlds: A Brief History of Feminist Art
This film explores female artists’ creations over the past three decades. Includes interviews with Judy Baca, Judy Chicago, Suzanne Lacy, Miriam Schapiro, Faith Ringgold, Yvonne Rainer and others. These pioneering artists contend with issues of equal rights, the female body, women’s place in society and private versus public identity. Footage from 1968 to the present. (57 min.)

Chaos or Community: Act II
An on-campus lecture by Holly Sklar, a writer of economic and social myth breaking and the author of Streets of Hope. (90 min. 1997)

Charm School
An on-campus event. Written and performed by Orono actor Janeen Teal, “Charm School” is a collage of materials featuring a mix of music, poetry, monologue, and nine characters. Drawing on texts produced in the 1950s, the presentation is the artist’s personal and political reflection on life in America for middle class women at that time and what that past means for women’s lives today. (60 min. 1998)

Child Brides: Stolen Lives
NOW’s Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels around the world for a revealing exploration of child marriage in developing countries, and how people can act locally and globally to solve the problem. Countries visited include Niger, India, and Guatemala. The stakes are high: child brides typically experience high rates of childbirth complications, HIV infection, partner violence, and poverty. An estimated 100 million girls will be married over the next 10 years. In her report, Hinojosa takes viewers on a journey of sorrow, healing and hope, including scenes of an illegal midnight wedding in India where children as young as three are married. In each country, Hinojosa shares the work of brave community members who are campaigning to end the centuries-old practice of child marriage – sometimes putting their own lives at risk. (2007, 60 minutes, DVD)

Child Custody: A Family Rights Issue for the 1990s
An on-campus lecture, part of the WIC Lunch Series, given by Mary Cathcart, Chair of U.S. Commission on Child and Family Welfare; Paul Charboneau, Head of the Maine Court Mediation Service; and Susan Kominsky, Family Law Attorney. (75 min. 1996)

China Blue
Like no other film before, China Blue is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don’t want us to see: how the clothes we buy are actually made. Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the worker’s faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China’s rapid transformation into a free market society. (88 Minutes, DVD)

Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed
She ran for president. They wanted to laugh. She made them listen. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this powerful documentary follows the career of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman ever to run for President of the United States. This provocative film about a woman who demonstrated “the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo” will inspire and amaze you, regardless of your political views.

Classified Women at the University of Maine:
Evolution and Revolution

A roundtable discussion on the roles played by classified women staff in the University community with Marian Dressler (Administrative Assistant, Academic Support Services), Kate Kevit (Administrative Assistant, University College), Deb Perro (Secretary, Orono chapter of ACSUM), Nancy Smith (Co-President, Orono chapter of ACSUM). Moderated by Sharon Barker, Director of the Women’s Resource Center. (90 min. 1995)

A Clean Breast of It
A personal survival narrative performance about surviving breast cancer. The performance raises and answers questions about breast cancer. Written and performed by Linda M. Park Fuller, Ph. D. (75 min. 1997)

Codes of Gender: Identity and Performance in Pop Culture
Written and directed by Sut Jhally, Codes of Gender applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman’s groundbreaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape, showing how one of American popular culture’s most influential forms communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity.  In striking visual detail, Codes of Genderexplores Goffman’s central claim that gender ideals are the result of ritualized cultural performance, uncovering a remarkable pattern of masculine and feminine displays and poses.  The film looks beyond advertising as a medium that simply sells products, and beyond analyses of gender that focus on biological difference or issues of objectification and beauty, to provide a clear-eyed view of the two-tiered terrain of identity and power relations.  With its sustained focus on how our perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman get reproduced and reinforced on the level of culture in our everyday lives, Codes of Gender is certain to inspire discussion and debate across a range of disciplines. (2010, 73 minutes or 46 minutes, DVD)

Colonized Lives: Native Wives and Daughters of Victoria’s Founding Families, 1850-1885
Sylvia Van Kirk, Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto, examines the lives of First Nations women who married European colonists and became some the first settlers in British Columbia. Van Kirk explores how, in order to maintain social status in an increasingly racist environment, women were pressured to assimilate to British norms and culture. Part of Women’s History Celebration and Department of History Symposium Series. (90 min. 1997)

The Color Purple
Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Stars Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, an uneducated black woman living in the rural south who is forced to marry a brutal man. Her only relief is the two remarkable friends she makes who teach her about self-worth and the power of forgiveness. (154 min. 1985)

Common Causes: Two Generations of Maine Women in Progressive Politics
Chellie and Hannah Pingree. Part of the Fall 2003 WIC Lunch Series.

Common Sense Personal Safety
Crime Prevention Specialist Deborah Mitchell (UMPD) discusses issues of personal safety. Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Awareness Committee. (75 min. 1994)

This is Part Two of a series celebrating Oxfam America’s 25th Anniversary, which looks at the dramatic story of villages in southwestern Bangladesh fighting for economic and social rights. (24 min.)

Concertation et action social: la femme Franco-Americaine
Franco-American women activists share their thoughts on how their heritage both helped and hindered their activism. Panelists include Sharon Albert (Chamber of Commerce), Sylvia Blanchard (former AFL-CIO organizer), Lou Chamberland (founder of the Women’s Business Development Corporation), Catherine Charette, (Attorney), and Elise Lambert, (World War II nurse who served in the Pacific theater of Allied Operations). Panel discussion in English. (90 min. 1994)

Conflicts in Young Adult Relationships: Female and Male Perspectives
An on-campus lecture by Dr. Renate Klein, a visiting research scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cologne. Klein draws upon her studies as a visiting scholar at SUNY Buffalo in discussing the origins of interpersonal conflicts and ways to mediate them. (75 min. 1992)

Congress of American Women: The Impact of the Cold War on Popular Front Peace and Sexual Politics
An on-campus lecture given by Amy Swerdlow, Professor Emerita of History, Director of the Graduate Program in Women’s History, and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Swerdlow discusses the demise of the Congress of American Women (a coalition of women’s groups formed in the 1940s to promote peace) and how it altered the public’s perception of the connection between feminism and peace. (75 min. 1994)

Contaminated Without Consent: How Chemicals in Air, Food, and Water Violate Human Rights
Spring 2005 WIC/WST Lunch Series with Sandra Steingraber. 4-28-05.

The Corporate Theft of Water:
A Talk by, and Interview with, Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians, describes how corporations, with the collusion of governments, steal water from communities, mostly in third world countries, and sell it back to citizens at outrageously prices. In an interview with Sonali Kolhatkar of KPFK Pacifica radio, Barlow adds to this information. Filmed in Mumbai, India at the World Social Forum (WSF) in January 2004. 42 minutes.

Could Be Worse!
This wacky hybrid film is so fiendishly good hearted and energetic that you can’t help but fall instantly in love with everyone in it. Zack is making a movie about his real Greek-American family on the eve of his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary party. Zack wants to examine the dynamic that holds the family together, and he seeks to confront his family’s thoughts about his own homosexuality, which he feels everyone just ignores. The film is very cheesy – low budget and full of outrageous dialogue – but every shot is here to make a point in a gentle way. No, these people cannot sing or dance, but, hey – could be worse! 90 minutes, color, DVD format.

The Courtesans of Bombay
This film documents the rituals at Pavanpul, a sprawling compound in Bombay; where young women, trained in “the art of seduction,” move in traditional dances and sing traditional songs, all for the pleasure of male onlookers, who pay for the privilege. (74 min. 1985)

Creating Community Through Diversity: Bangor Area Clergy Talk About Shared Leadership, Collaboration, and Consensus
Grace Bartlett, United Methodist Church, Elaine Hewes, Lutheran Church, Elaine Peresluha, Unitarian Universalist Church, Constance Wells, United Church of Christ. Part of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Spring 2006 Lunch Series. (4/26/06, VHS, DVD)

Creating Contemporary Jewish Literature: A Feminist Perspective
An on-campus reading and commentary by Irena Klepfisz, a Jewish lesbian poet and Yiddish translator. Klepfisz reads excerpts from her poetry. She discusses her evolution as a poet and her experiences and perspective as a Holocaust survivor, an out lesbian, and a feminist. (75 min. 1994)

Crones: Interviews with Elder Quaker Women
Director and produced by Claire Simon, this documentary helps to demystify and better understand the life and experiences of older Quaker women. This video is composed of a collection of interviews. (20 min. 1989)

Crossing Lines: Beyond the Book
An on-campus lecture by Dr. Judith Goldstein. Goldstein’s book, Crossing Lines, detailed the interaction between Jews and Gentiles from the 1880s to the 1960s in three Maine communities: Bangor, Calais, and Mount Desert Island. Her lecture focuses on the book as well as other aspects of her research. (90 min. 1992)

A Crushing Love
Sylvia Morales’ sequel to her groundbreaking history of Chicana women,Chicana (1979), honors the achievements of five activist Latinas and considers how these single mothers manage to simultaneously be parents and effect broad-based social change at the same time.  Questions about reconciling competing demands are ones that highly acclaimed filmmaker Morales, a working mother of two herself, pondered aloud as she prepared this documentary.  Historical footage and recent interviews with each woman reveal their contributions to key struggles for Latina empowerment and other major movements of our time.  Both they and their grown children thoughtfully explore the challenges, adaptations, rewards, and missteps involved in juggling dual roles.  Scenes of Morales at work and at home, often humorously overlaid with her teenage daughter’s commentary, bring the dilemma up to date. (2009, 58 minutes, DVD)

Cut From Different Cloth: Burqas & Belief
In 2005 documentary filmmakers Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygin returned to Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for the third time since the fall of the Taliban in 2002. Despite a growing network of Afghan friends and colleagues from their two prior visits, they had been restricted in their ability to meet freely with Afghan women. The all-covering burqa, the high-walled living compounds and cultural restrictions on women limited their access. Olga, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, was puzzled why virtually all the Afghan women she saw still wore the burqa…even though security had greatly improved and a new constitution was adopted that granted women equal rights with men. Through Serena, a 27-year-old American woman, who is living with an Afghan family and their 27-year-old daughter Hasina, we are taken inside the walls that separate women from men. Serena becomes the eyes and ears of the filmmakers. Together, Serena, Hasina and Olga set out on a journey to learn what it means to be a woman in today’s Afghanistan. As their journey progresses, Serena’s desire to respect Afghan culture and tradition comes into conflict with her belief in universal rights for women. From interviewing child brides to women in prison, Serena comes to understand the risks Hasina and other Afghan women take to assert their rights.
(DVD, color, 57 min., 2005)

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