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Hand on the Pulse
Using interviews, photos and archival footage, Hand on the Pulse is the poignant story of Joan Nestle, political and sexual “bad girl.” The documentary traces Joan’s life; finding her community in Greenwich Village in the 1950′s, celebrating the body in her writings, public readings in her black slip, having a lesbian archive in her home for 25 years, teaching students “from colonized backgrounds,” participating in the Black civil rights movement as a freedom rider, becoming a feminist, and helping to forge a new lesbian and gay consciousness through grass roots organizing. Director: Joyce Warshow, 53 minutes, color, 2002.

The Handmaid’s Tale
A 1990 film adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. The the film stars Natasha Richardson (Kate/Offred), Faye Dunaway (Serena Joy), Robert Duvall (The Commander, Fred), Aidan Quinn (Nick), and Elizabeth McGovern (Moira). In the near future, as war rages across the fictional Republic of Gilead and pollution has rendered 99 percent of the female population sterile, Kate (Offred in the novel), sees her husband killed and her daughter kidnapped while trying to escape across the border to Canada. Kate herself is transformed into a Handmaid; a concubine for one of the privileged but barren couples who run the country’s religious fundamentalist regime. Although she resists being indoctrinated into the bizarre cult  of the Handmaids, which mixes the Old Testament orthodoxy and misogynist cant with 12-step gospel and ritualized violence, Kate soon finds herself in the home of the Commander and his obdurate wife, Serena Joy.  Forced to lie between Serena Joy’s legs and be sexually penetrated each month by the Commander, Kate longs for her earlier life. She soon learns that since many of the nation’s powerful men are as sterile as their wives, she will have to risk the punishment for fornication — death by hanging — in order to be fertilized by another man who can provide her with the pregnancy that has become her sole reason for living. The other man is Nick, the Commander’s sympathetic driver. Kate grows attached to him and eventually pregnant with his child. Only the affiliation of her fellow handmaid, Ofglen, seems to offer any chance of giving her unborn child a life of freedom or finding the daughter she already lost

Hard Work to Make Ends Meet: Narratives of Maine’s Working Women, 1880-1900
This video is a readers’ theater performance that brings the concerns of 19th-century working-class women to life. The performance is based on working women’s writings that have been preserved in the Annual Reports of Maine’s Bureau of Industrial and Labor Statistics. These narratives are woven together with the 1888 report of Flora Haines, a state-employed factory inspector from Bangor. The performance also includes songs and poetry of this era. Written by Carol Toner (University of Maine). Adapted for the stage and directed by Lauren Bruce (University of Alaska). (30 min. 1997)

Harpsichord Music by Women Composers of the 18th Century
A doctoral candidate in Musical Arts in Historical Performance at Boston University, Marina Minkin’s performances have won awards in the United States and Europe. This lecture performance features works of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Marianne de Martinez, Anna Lucia Bon, and Maria Theresa Agnesi. (90 min. 1997)

Hazard Communication
“Your Class is Waiting” This program shows how schools can be as hazardous as industries and discusses ways in which we can keep children and staff safer with just a few simple precautions.

Healing Journey: Counseling & Faith Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country
Crime victims often turn to spiritual leaders, which include both members of clergy and traditional healers, for support in times of need. In 2004 the Office for Victims of Crime of the Department of Justice, made available grant monies to tribal, non-profit, and faith based organizations for a new program, Counseling & Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country. The purpose of the project was to support faith-based organizations in providing counseling services to victims of crime as well as to support the creation of collaborative models for local victim assistance programs to join with faith-based organizations, spiritual leaders and traditional healers in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. This film focuses on the best practices of four different faith based collaborative groups: Tundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel, Alaska; Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Hearts of Hope Shelter in Turtle Mountain, North Dakota; and the Family Violence Resource Center in Fort Peck, Montana; so that communities in need may use these practices as a model to create their own Faith Based Collaborations. (DVD, 2008)

The Healing Years
A documentary about surviving incest and child sexual abuse. The Healing Years profiles three women through their journey of pain and despair from incest, and their incredible process of recovery as they finally work to end the cycle of incest and child sexual abuse for generations ahead. Featuring former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur and her nation-wide work as survivor activist; Janice Mirikitani, President of San Francisco’s renowned Glide Memorial Church, and Barbara Hamilton, a 79-year old survivor ending three generations of incest in her family, this film is artfully produced. The film illustrates these poignant and powerful stories through interviews, intimate moments with supportive family members, counseling groups, footage of their work as activists and home film footage. (52 min. 1999)

Hearts and Hands
A dramatic presentation of a vital part of American history only now beginning to be told. The video examines the role played by women and their textiles in the nineteenth century’s great moments and events: industrialization, the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, the Civil War, westward expansion and the pioneer experience, temperance, and suffrage. The film and its companion book explore the astonishing lives and accomplishments of ordinary, often anonymous women as well as chronicling the lives of extraordinary individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Keckley, Frances Willard and Abigail Scott Dunway. “Hearts and Hands” shows how women made quilts whose beauty far outshone their utilitarian functions and how women used the needle to find their own voices. (58 min. 1987)

Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
The characters in this program are based on the lives of young working women’s turn-of-the-century New York City. Their words are taken solely from interviews, memoirs, newspaper accounts, and other historical documents. (26 min. 1993)

The Heidi Chronicles
An original adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize winning play about one woman’s quest for fulfillment. Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Heidi Holland, an idealist member of the babyboom generation navigating her way through the excitement and turmoil of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. (94 min. 1995)

Hell to Pay
A moving and politically sophisticated analysis of the international debt situation through the eyes of the women of Bolivia, the poorest country in Latin America. Although most directly affected by government austerity programs, peasant women are assumed not to understand the workings of international capital and foreign policy. Hell to Pay poignantly contradicts such assumptions as teachers, textile workers, and miner’s wives speak vividly of the causes of the debt crisis and the burden they are forced to bear. (52 min. 1998)

Her Mother before Her: American Indian Women’s Stories of Their Mothers & Grandmothers
Celebrating generations, including a newborn granddaughter. Traditional songs sung by Rebecca Greendeer and Irene Thundercloud. (22 min. 1992)

He Said, She Said: Gender, Language, and Communication
Dr. Deborah Tannen is on the linguistics department faculty at Georgetown University, where she is one of only four who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor. He Said, She Said is Deborah Tannen’s live video presentation of her seminal contributions to the understanding of gender, language, and communication. This program is produced, edited, and paced for curricular use in communication, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and other social sciences. (50 min. 2001)

Hidden Faces
The filmmaker, an Egyptian woman living in Paris, journeys to her family home and documents complex frictions between modernity and tradition in Cairo, as well as rural Egyptian communities. Hidden Faces contends with the contradictions of feminism in a Muslim environment and the profound attachments to traditional family life. (52 min. 1990)

High Energy: Physicist Melissa Franklin
To Melissa Franklin, building a machine that zaps subatomic particles is as much of a kick as staying up all night listening to Frank Zappa albums. She’s an eclectic innovator with a quirky sense of humor and she’s also the first woman to become a tenured professor in Harvard University’s physics department. In this profile, Franklin brings the cameras inside the multi-million dollar, 140-ton particle detector at Chicago’s Fermilab. The detector, which Franklin helped build, accelerates “the smallest things in the world,” subatomic particles, and then smashes them together to produce data that physicists can record and study. Out of this research, Franklin and her colleagues have produced evidence of the top quark, the final elusive particle needed to complete the standard model of quantum physics. But a lack of support and frank apathy from the government act as a main obstacle between Melissa and her dream. Part of the PBS Discovering Women Series. (60 min. 1990)

Hildegard von Bingen In Portrait (Ordo Virtutum)
The Ritual of the Virtues is the oldest surviving European music-drama, and the greatest musical work by the visionary mystic, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Hildegard left a treasury of writings and music expressing the passionate intensity of her mystical experiences. Her profound knowledge seemed to come directly from a source of wisdom deeper than learning and tradition, finding its expression through the symbolism of medieval Christendom. She tells us that the spirit and the world are not separate but intertwined, and that spirituality and worldliness do not have to be separate either. Although she lived almost her entire life as a cloistered nun, she was deeply involved with the world on many levels – observing, writing, preaching and organizing a community. Through her many writings, she tells us that help is always at hand, both from the world we know with our senses, and from the world we discover through our hearts and intuition. (2003, 70 minutes)

Hillary’s Class
A PBS Frontline special that discusses the journey of Wellesley’s graduating class of 1969, the same year Hillary Rodham graduated. Nineteen sixty-nine was also a year of profound social change and upheaval for women. This special shows the opportunities that were available for the women of Wellesley as well as the choices that the women of the class of 1969 made.
(1994, 60 minutes, DVD and VHS format)

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Created by filmmaker and lifelong hip-hop fan Byron Hurt, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, is a riveting documentary that tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture.  Sparking dialogue on hip-hop and its declarations on gender, this film provides thoughtful insight from intelligent, divergent voices including rap artists, industry executives, rap fans, and social critics from inside and outside the hip-hop generation.  The film includes interviews with famous rappers, commentary from hip-hop insiders, and interviews with students at Spelman College, a historically black women’s school.  The film discloses the complex intersection of culture, commerce and gender through on-the-street interviews with aspiring rappers and fans at hip-hop events throughout the country. (2006, 61 minutes, DVD)

The Home and the World
India’s greatest filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, directs this deeply moving and provocative film. A beautiful and sheltered Bengali woman’s love is tested when her husband Nikhil invites his boyhood friend Sandip to stay at his home while organizing a boycott of British goods. Much to Nikhil’s dismay, she not only falls in love with him, but also joins his quest for political justice. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore. Bengali, with English subtitles. (130 min. 1984)

How Do We Talk About Families? Myths and Changing Realities
Part of the 13th Annual Maine Women’s Studies Conference. The speaker was Stephanie Coontz, social historian and author of The Way We Never Were and The Nostalgia Trap. (75 min. 1998)

How to Make ‘Em Laugh
This video gives an introduction to comic characterization, by showing demonstrations of techniques. This video is written and directed by Sandra Hardy. One of the main performers is Margaret Anich, who discusses how she comes across the characters she plays. (50 min.)

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