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‘The F-Word’: A Fresh and Funny Look at Feminism
An on-campus performance by the cast members of Sleeveless Theater. This engaging presentation by a troupe of incredibly funny women from Northampton, MA, takes a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek satirical look at the history of the women’s movement and feminism. (90 min. 1994)

The Fairer Sex?
ABC News Prime Time Live set out to discover whether there are daily difference in being a male versus a female in today’s American society, particularly in the workplace. With the aid of hidden cameras and microphones, Julie and Chris, professional testers in their late 20s, helped in the investigation. They posed as two people who had just moved to a major urban center, two people getting established, looking for jobs, shopping for cars, even asking about playing golf at a public golf course. The results of their report about our attitudes and their consequences may surprise you. Perhaps the area that most seriously affects women’s lives is gender bias in the workplace. Studies show that women are slower to advance than men and that, in many situations, women hit what is called the “glass ceiling.” The results of Prime Time Live’s investigation will either frustrate and anger you or not disturb you much at all. Chances are, responses will be divided according to gender. If you’re not disturbed, think again because gender discrimination affects motivation and performance of both men and women. We live in a society in which gender stereotypes have been taken for granted. Yet more than half of the population faces discrimination on a daily basis. The challenge in the workplace is to eliminate discriminatory decisions and unwritten rules based on gender. Only then can men and women translate fairness into solid teamwork. (18 minutes, 1993, VHS)

Faith, Diligence and Fortitude: A Portrait of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association
In 1969, a group of women from Gloucester, Massachusetts set out to make a difference in their community. Many were first generation Sicilian-Americans, few had much formal education beyond high school, and almost all were part of families that had spent generations harvesting the sea. Together, they would raise their voices to become one of the most effective grass-roots organizations in the country. Join founding members, political and religious leaders, journalists and others as they share the story of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and its incredible journey of political and social activism. Learn about the organizations’s ongoing efforts to promote underutilized species, to preserve the habitat of the ocean and to protect the interest of the struggling fishing industry. Enjoy highlights from the August, 2001 dedication ceremony of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, as well as composer Robert Bradshaw’s original work “Faith, Diligence and Fortitude.”
(38 minutes, 2002, VHS Format)

Family Violence: Debunking the Myths
Both adult victims and perpetrators help dispel several social myths about family violence. (23 min.)

Fannie Lou Hamer
Using archival footage as well as on-camera interviews, this portrayal of Hamer, who played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s attempts to recreate the movement as the activist lived it. (51 min. 1983)

The Female Alien: Pulp Science Fiction’s Legacy to Feminists
An on-campus slide lecture given by Robin Roberts, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Women’s Studies at Colby College, and the author of A New Species: Gender and Science in Science Fiction. Roberts argues that while science fiction seems inhospitable to feminism at the outset; in actuality, the nature of the genre allows for significant “radical revision and reclamation” on the part of feminist authors. She focuses in particular on the character of the powerful “female alien” or “woman ruler”, which, despite its retrogressive origins, is readily available for feminist appropriation into more progressive storytelling. (75 min. 1994)

Female-Friendly Science
An on-campus lecture by Sue Rosser. Rosser offers a number of suggestions on how the teaching of science can be adjusted in order to attract groups who have not historically been attracted to science — primarily women and people of color. (60 min. 1992)

Feminist Perspectives on the Sciences as an Environmental Tool
An on-campus lecture by Dr. Joni Seager, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. Seager posits that the sciences have come to assume a position of primacy and influence in environmental problem-solving, a role she believes could ultimately hinder our understanding of ecological crises and recovery. She argues for a more limited role for the sciences in order to better recognize the role culture and society play in environmental degradation. (60 min. 1993)

Femmes aux yeux ouverts (Women With Open Eyes)
This film introduces us to many unforgettable African women. We meet a woman who has taken refuge in a convent from a forced marriage. We join a community health worker demonstrating condom use in a marketplace. An activist describes why it is more effective to attack female “circumcision” as a health issue rather than as a women’s rights issue. This film shows how African women are speaking out and organizing around five key issues: marital rights, reproductive health, female genital mutilation, women’s role in the economy and political rights. 52 minutes, 1994, French with English subtitles, DVD format.

Fighting For Our Lives: Women Confronting AIDS
Produced by the Center for Women Policy Studies, this video portrays the strengths and strategies of women of color who are leaders in confronting HIV disease. It features six programs and the women who lead them. Included with the video is an “Action Kit” which contains suggestions on planning AIDS prevention educational activities. (28 min. 1990)

Finding Annie Farrell: A Maine Family Memoir
Guest speaker Beth Harpaz discusses her book. Part of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Fall 2004 Lunch Series.

Finding the Pulpit: From Silence to Voice in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
An on-campus lecture given by Dorothy Harris, Minority Dissertation Scholar, University of Maine at Farmington, and Doctoral Candidate at SUNY Buffalo. Harris discusses her work on Their Eyes Were Watching God, particularly the character Janey. (75 min. 1997)

Two dutiful Indian housewives, sisters-in-law in conservative New Delhi, are neglected by their husbands: one man pursues spiritual enlightenment through celibacy, the other spends nights with his Chinese mistress. Slowly, the two women are drawn to each other erotically, and passion transforms them. An intense, moving, and sensuous portrait of change in contemporary India, Deepha Mehta’s FIRE focuses on several generations of a modern-day New Delhi family. A re-working of a story from the classic Hindu Ramayana, FIRE recounts the family’s struggles to cope with the pressures of greater personal freedom while maintaining allegiance to traditional values. (104 min. 1998)

Fire Eyes
This powerful and important film is the first to present an African viewpoint on a culturally explosive issue. Somali filmmaker Soraya Mire knows firsthand about the traditional African practice of female genital mutilation. At thirteen she was subjected to it, and spent the next twenty years recovering physically and emotionally from its cruel legacy. This film explores the socio-economic, psychological and medical consequences of this ancient custom that affects more than 80 million women worldwide. (60 min. 1994)

Flame is perhaps the most controversial film ever made in Africa – certainly the only one to be seized by the police during editing on the grounds it was subversive and pornographic. Ingrid Sinclair’s moving tribute to women fighters in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle aroused the ire of war veterans and the military because it revealed that officers sometimes used female recruits as “comfort women.” Flames’ real crime may have been that it exposed not just past abuses but continuing divisions within Zimbabwean society, especially against women and peasants. Flame is the story of two close friends whose involvement in the war of liberation leads to very different outcomes. 1996, 85 minutes, English, DVD format.

The Floating Dungeon: A History of the Slave Ship
2007 Howard B. Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecture. Dr. Marcus Rediker, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh. October 11, 2007. DVD and VHS format available.

Flowers for Guadalupe: The Virgin of Guadalupe in the Lives of Mexican Women
This video explored the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. In this video, twenty-three women speak out, in traditional testimony of their experiences with the Virgin of Guadalupe as an evolving symbol. The documentary follows an all-women’s pilgrimage from Queretaro state through several arduous but joyful days as it weaves its way through difficult terrain, harsh weather and congested streets to the Virgin’s shrine in Mexico City. The songs of Rosa Rartha Zarate, Mexico’s “singing nun,” are included in this video. Produced by Judith Gleason with the collaboration of the Colectivo Feminsta de Xalapa and Elisa Mereghetti. (57 min. 1995)

Flute Music by Women Composers: Program of Music and History
Spring 2005 WIC/WST Lunch Series with Laura Artesani and Elizabeth Downing. 3-22-05.

Forbidden Love
Against a fascinating backdrop of book covers, tabloid headlines, archival photos and film clips, the women interviewed paint a portrait of lesbian sexuality and survival during the sexual Dark Ages of the 1950s and 1960s in Canada. An interview with author Ann Bannon and the reminiscences of the women who have read popular lesbian pulp novels bring to life the contrast between their actual experiences and the way they were fictionalized in popular lesbian pulp novels. The film also allows for a fascinating glimpse at the formation and evolution of lesbian communities and social mores in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. (85 min. 1994)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
Part of the American Playhouse Series. A theatre production directed by Oz Scott. Adapted from a Ntozake Shange novel, which deals with confronting being a Black woman in America. (120 min. 1982)

The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today
Part of the History of Abortion Trilogy, this video steers clear of graphic scenes. Dorothy Fadiman presents a riveting glimpse into the lives of people who must endure the increasingly violent atmosphere at women’s clinics throughout the country. (1996, 57 minutes, DVD & VHS)

Franco-American Women – Pillars of Survivance
Claire Quintal discusses women as mothers, grandmothers, and teachers in parochial schools were the ones who transmitted values and a mother tongue to the next generation. Although they lived in the shadows, these women made survivance happen unofficially and unobtrusively. Because of their commitment and sacrifice they were successful at upholding and maintaining both a language and a traditional way of life. Quintal, founder and director of the French Institute and Professor of French at Assumption College, discusses why they did it and how they managed in spite of many obstacles. (1999)

Franco-American Women at the University of Maine: A Clash of Cultures?
An on-campus panel discussion held as part of the WIC Lunch Series. This engaging discussion featured Mary Marin (Graduate Assistant in Speech Communications), Lanette Landry Petrie (Secretary, Employee Assistance Program), Kathleen Philbrick (Undergraduate Student in Broadcast Journalism), Rhea C™tŽ-Robbins (Editor of Le Forum). ThŽrese Boisvert Shipps (Assistant Professor of Nursing). Kristin Langellier (Associate Professor of Speech Communication) acts as moderator. (75 min. 1992)

Freaks, Fairies and Fat Ladies: The Politics of Appearance
An on-campus lecture by Wendy Chapkis. In 1992, the state of California passed an anti-bias law, in part to protect from discrimination those whose sexual orientation or appearance was not considered “normal.” Chapkis, who was instrumental in the development of what came to be known as the “looks law,” provides details of the law’s history, as well as the inevitable backlash and ridicule it faced. (120 min. 1992)

From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion
Part of the History of Abortion Trilogy, this documentary weaves together two parallel stories: the evolution of underground networks which helped women find safe abortions outside the law and the intensive efforts by activists and legislators who dedicated themselves to legalizing abortion. Archival footage brings history to life by documentation of the actions of those who broke the silence and challenged the laws. (57 min. 1995)

From Ivory Tower to Power Tower: How Women in Academic Administration Can Arrive, Survive, and Make a Difference Part of the WIC Lunch Series.
The speaker was Theo Kalikow, President, University of Maine, Farmington. (65 min. 1998)

From Policy to Practice: Things We Never Knew About Women’s Wages
An on-campus lecture delivered on 21 March 1988 by Alice Kessler-Harris. Part of the Carolyn Colvin Lecture Series about the ideology of gender and how it can be used for understanding women’s pasts. (90 min. 1988)

From Settlers to Newcomers: Latino(a)s in the Making of the United States: Part I & II
An on-campus lecture given by Edna Acosta-BelŽn, Director of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, University at Albany, SUNY and editor of several books on research and curriculum transformation incorporating the experiences of Latin American women. Part of the Multicultural Women’s Studies Institute. (90 min. 1998)

From Sun Up
From Sun Up is a candid, authentic picture of the dawn-to-dusk, life-giving, life-sustaining effort of women to survive and prosper. It reflects the condition of women everywhere, especially those in the Third World. Produced by a Tanzanian woman, Flora M’mbugu, and shot in Tanzania by an all-African crew, this beautifully photographed work portrays the woman’s multiple roles as provider, mother, water carrier, wood gatherer, cook and entrepreneur. (28 min. 1987)

From Technocratic to Holistic: Midwifery as a Catalyst for Change
Part of the WIC Lunch Series. Barbara Jill DeLuca, a local midwife, shares her understanding of the birthing process as an intensely human and personal experience, and ultimately not the medical procedure it is frequently perceived as. DeLuca relates how Western cultural conceptions of the human body as mechanistic in nature have resulted in most births taking place in hospital facilities, and recommends home births as a means of allowing for a more holistic approach. (75 min. 1994)

From the Jane Collective to RU486: The Changing Context for Abortion
Part of the WIC Lunch Series. The speaker was Peaches Bass, Freelance Writer, Public Health Activist, and former Jane Collective Member. This event was co-sponsored by the National Young Women’s Day of Action. (75 min. 1998)

Further Off the Straight & Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television 1998-2006
This film provides a compelling and nuanced examination of television’s portrayal of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. The film cautions that even as GLBT characters and plotlines have grown more prevalent and complex in recent years, these images and stories also continue to be shaped by narrow commercial imperatives. The film argues that the evolution of GLBT representations should be seen less as an indication of big media’s sudden commitment to social justice, or as a sign that the struggle for gay equality has been won, than as a recognition of GLBT consumers and gay taste by advertisers and media conglomerates. Media Education Foundation, 61 minutes, DVD.

The Future of Marriage Equality in New England: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine
Spring 2005 WIC/WST Lunch Series with Mary Bonauto. 4/6/05.

The Futures of Women’s Studies
Part of the Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series. Jacquelyn Zita, Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Minnesota, speaks about the growth of women’s studies and the many directions it will take in the future. (5/2/00)

Fury For the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot
There is a revolution going on, in consciousness and in action, of individuals no longer willing to impassively watch our planet’s natural environment being destroyed. And this revolution is being led largely by women. It is estimated that 80% of environmental activists world-wide are women. Following the path of resistance of the suffragettes and the Chipko women of India (the original “treehuggers”), hundreds of women protesters at Clayoquot Sound in Western Canada were arrested and jailed in 1993 for up to 45 days for refusing to step aside in the face of logging trucks intent on clearcutting some of the last vestiges of the world’s old growth temperate rainforest. A moving account of grassroots social history in the making, this documentary talks about much much more than trees – it exposes the perils of what happens in the larger society when consciousness is divorced from politics. DVD format, 1997, 86 minutes.

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