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Dahlov Ipcar
A New Englander by birth, Dahlov Ipcar (1917 – ) was introduced to Maine by her parents, artists William and Marguerite Zorach, who started summering at Robinhood Cove in Georgetown in 1923. Ipcar, whose first solo show took place at the Museum of Modern Art when she was 21, has gained wide recognition through her marvelous paintings and murals of jungle and farm animals, her pioneering work in soft sculpture and the many children’s books she has illustrated. “My drives have all been creative ones,” states the artist. In this film portrait, we visit Ipcar’s home and studio to experience firsthand the life and art of a Maine Master. This portrait of Dahlov Ipcar is one in the on-going series of the Maine Masters Project, documentaries of Maine artist interviewed in their studios discussing their lives and work.

DAM/AGE: A film with Arundhati Roy
DAM/AGE traces writer Arundhati Roy’s bold and controversial campaign against the Namada dam project in India, which led to a conviction for criminal contempt by India’s Supreme Court. As the film traces the events that led up to her imprisonment, Roy meditates on her own personal negotiation with her fame, the responsibility it places on her as a writer, a political thinker and a citizen, and the choices she has made. In a clear and accessible manner, the film weaves together a number of issues that lie at the heart of politics today: from the consequences of development and globalization to the ever more urgent need for state accountability and the freedom of speech. (50 min. 2002)

The Date Rape Backlash: The Media and the Denial of Rape
This film discusses how the media has changed the perception of date rape, which in 1987 was considered a serious problem. By 1993 date rape was dismissed as rape ‘hype’. The film discusses how the dismissal of date rape evolved, Katie Roiphe’s book, The Morning After, and other anti-feminists. (40 min. 1994)

Daughter From Danang
In 1975, a seven-year-old girl was evacuated from Vietnam to America. After 22 years, the girl, now named Heidi, tracked down her birth mother and visited Danang. Their happy reunion quickly became fraught with tension and misunderstanding. (1 hour, 15 min.)

Daughters of the Dust
A film by Julie Dash, which tells the story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North at the dawn of the 20th century. In this simple tale, the film brings to life the changing values, conflicts and struggles that confront every family as they leave their homeland for the promise of a new and better future. This film explores the unique culture of the Gullah people, descendants of slaves who lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast. As the generations struggle with the decision to leave, their rich Gullah heritage and African roots rise to the surface. (113 min. 1991)

The Day My God Died
By weaving footage from the brothels of Bombay with personal stories, producer Andrew Levine offers an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery. Every day in India, small girls are drugged and stolen from their mothers. When these girls, some as young as seven or eight awaken, they find themselves in the hellish center of the largest brothel district in the world- Bombay, India. Forced to work as prostitutes or suffer beatings and starvation, these girls have their youths stolen away from them. Many contract AIDS and are forced to continue to work, passing on the virus. Granted, there are many other Third World countries that have a sex slave industry, but this film deals with the horrible conditions in Bombay and the attempts made by some to stop them from continuing.This film is disturbing, and painful. Still, there’s a sense of hope, or at best, a sense of awareness that comes from seeing it. Winona Ryder reads stark poetry written by the girls and David Robbins scores the film with a gentle touch, much as Levine does with what he chooses to show us throughout the film. While we wish that more was being done to help these girls, having our eyes opened to the problem is a good first step. 2003, 100 minutes.

Deforming Women for Beauty: Clothes and Shoes
A short clip from the Today Show on the ways clothes and shoes have been used to deform women’s (and men’s) bodies in the name of beauty. (5 min. 2001)

Democracy in Learning: Women in the Curriculum
An on-campus lecture by Kathryn Stimpson, delivered as part of Women’s History Celebration. A noted feminist critic, scholar and author, Stimpson discusses democratic learning in institutional Women’s Studies programs. (90 min. 1988)

Denise Levertov
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Denise Levertov, born in England in 1923, has long been an important American poet, essayist, editor, and teacher. Her poetry is musical, meditative, and transcendent, addressing the nature of faith, the imperiled beauty of the natural world, love, and politics. Ms. Levertov read from Evening Train and unpublished work. (60 min. 1990)

The Desired Number
The Desired Number uses the Ibu Eze ceremony in Nigeria to highlight how family planning issues often conflict with traditional family values. The Ibu Eze ceremony, which celebrates women who have given birth to large numbers of children, is perhaps the only recognition a woman will receive for her efforts. Contrasting with the festivities are views of community members who raise the idea that praising large families without considering quality of life is not necessarily a blessing for women. Part of the series Women’s Lives and Choices. (28 min. 1994)

Developing Women and Women’s Studies: Keeping the Flame Alive
An on-campus lecture by Peggy McIntosh.. McIntosh develops useful strategies for founding new programs in Women’s Studies and sustaining and invigorating existing programs. (90 min. 1988)

“Did Miriam Talk Too Much? “: Ancient Rabbinical Attitudes Toward an Assertive Woman
An on-campus lecture by Naomi Graetz, as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Graetz, a native New Yorker who has lived in Israel since 1967, teaches on the Humanities and Social Science Faculty at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel. Referencing the Biblical passage (Numbers 12) in which Miriam is afflicted with leprosy as a punishment from God for speaking out, Graetz argues that this is symptomatic of a patriarchal culture in which assertive women were reproved by society. (75 min. 1995)

Did She or Didn’t She?: Franco-American Women in Parochial Schools
An on-campus panel discussion, given as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Christine Thberge Rafal, researcher, and members of the Franco-American Women’s Initiative discuss their experiences as Franco-American women who went to parochial schools. (75 min. 1997)

Different Points of View with a Single Point of Focus: Collaboration, Accountability, and Cooperation by the Local Domestic Abuse Task Force
Part of the WIC Lunch Series. Speakers include: Chris Almy, District Attorney, Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties; Kathy Maietta, LCSW, Batterer’s Intervention Program, EMMC; Francine Stark, Community Response Coordinator, Spruce Run; Don Winslow, Chief of Police, Bangor; and Jeff Wahlstrom, Director, United Way of Eastern Maine, moderator. (1998)

Diversity: A Pioneer Journalist Reflects on its Peril and Promise (WIC Luncheon Series)
The featured speaker for this topic was Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Fellow, Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University. (75 min. 1999)

Diversity Education Keynote Address
Speaker Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Professor of History at Michigan State and the author of Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession.(4/6/00)

Diversity Management
Dr. Thomas Roosevelt discusses diversity in the workplace. (25 min.)

Divorce Iranian Style
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women’s lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16 year old trying to divorce her 38 year old husband; and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody of her daughters, this deadpan chronicle showcases the strength, ingenuity, and guile with which they confront biased laws, a Kafakaesque administrative system, and their husband’s and family’s rage to gain divorces. (80 min. 1998. Subtitled)

DNA: Detective: Molecular Biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff
“There are more cells in the brain than there are stars in the universe,” says molecular biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff. Studying the brain’s hidden mysteries presents Villa-Komaroff, an associate professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School, with an exciting challenge. Like a sleuth, she has to rely on any clues she can find and follow her instincts. Will they lead her down a blind alley or to a scientific breakthrough? In the program, Villa-Komaroff and her colleagues research a protein Villa-Komaroff believes may be implicated in a rare and devastating condition called megalencephaly, when the fetal brain grows abnormally large. Villa-Komaroff has already invested ten years of work as she comes to a crucial experiment, she knows that “things just don’t always happen the way you want them to” in science. The profile offers a meditation on the value of failure as a tool in science, a vision of a successful woman scientist. Part of the PBS Discovering Women Series. (60 min. 1995)

Domestic Violence: Faces of Fear
This program examines the cross-cultural phenomenon of domestic violence and looks at how the medical community, law enforcement agencies, and corporate America are helping to end the silence. It highlights innovative responses throughout the country and around the world. Police departments in Nashville and San Diego have an integrated response to the problem aimed at incarcerating the batterer. This response has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of domestic violence homicides. The impact on children is also explored through a unique intervention in Miami where children who have witnessed abuse are sent for free counseling. IN New Jersey a program educates teenagers about dating violence. (60 min. 1996)

Dreams of Equality
A documentary drama that chronicles the early struggles of the Women’s Rights Movement and personalizes them through an exchange of letters between a sister and brother that span thirty years. History comes to life as dramatic recreations of the First Women’s Rights convention held in 1848 and other historical events are combined with contemporary segments in which young people engage in candid exchanges about the roles of men and women. Issues of political equity, traditional women’s roles, marital finances, and educational opportunities for girls are sill relevant 150 years later. (28 minutes) Dreamworlds 3 (2007, 54 minutes)

Dreamworlds 3
The highly anticipated update of Sut Jhally’s groundbreaking Dreamworlds 2 (1995), examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality.  Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and powerful tool for understanding both the continuing influence of music videos and how pop culture more generally filters the identities of young men and women through a dangerously narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender.  In doing so, the film inspires viewers to reflect critically on images that they might otherwise take for granted.

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Orono, Maine 04469
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