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Panel of International Women
A panel of students talk about the issues women are confronting in their countries. Participants include students from Saudi Arabia and the Sudan, Netherlands, Germany and Bulgaria. Part of Women’s History Celebration 2007. VHS and DVD.

Passamaquoddy Players
“We Have To Find Our Voices: Transforming Passamaquoddy Communities”. 62 Minutes, July 2004.

Pattiann Rogers
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Pattiann Rogers weaves biological, botanical, and zoological details into her astonishing poetry. Her identification with the natural world results in poetry that is intense, spiritual, and sensual. Ms. Rogers reads from Geocentric, The Tattooed Lady in the Garden, Splitting and Binding and unpublished work. (90 min. 1993)

Paula Gunn Allen Reads Her Poetry
An on-campus poetry reading by Paula Gunn Allen, a professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles, a Laguna Pueblo Lakota and a poet. (90 min. 1993)

Paule Marshall
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Paule Marshall, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has said that the source of her art is the expressive talk she heard as a girl among West Indian women in her mother’s kitchen. Ms. Marshall, who has received a MacArthur Fellowship, has written four novels and two collections of stories. (60 min. 1994)

People Like Us: Social Class in America
Social class. It’s the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don’t think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? People Like Us shows how social class plays a role in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats or suburban gated communities. The documentary travels across the country presenting stories that will resonate with viewers regardless of where they see themselves on the social spectrum – stories of family traditions, class mobility, and different lifestyle choices. An exciting cast of characters and commentators help make the connections between daily life and the larger issues of class in America. (124 minutes, 2001, VHS)

Penobscot Basket Maker: Barbara Francis
As a young woman, Barbara Francis was facing poverty and single parenting when Penobscot elder women took her in and taught her to make baskets. her passion for basketry gave her life direction and meaning, put her in touch with her own cultural roots, and brought her recognition for her artistry. (Part of UMaine’s 2003 Women’s History Celebration)

Performance as Feminist Activism
Spring 2005 WIC/WST Lunch Series with Elizabeth Whitney. 3-29-05.

Performing Voices: Women’s Experiences of Body Rituals and Caesarian Births
An on-campus performance/reading by Linda Buckmaster, Instructor in Communication at the University of Maine at Augusta and Krista M. Hirschman, Graduate Student in Communication and Journalism, present the stories and experiences of women who have had Caesarian section births. (90 min. 1996)

Surviving the war is only the the beginning of the battle. Writer and director Marjane Satrapi draws a poignant story about a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, when people’s hopes were dashed as fundamentalists took power. A film by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. English language version; DVD format; 95 minutes; B&W/Color; PG-13.

Personal Economies: A Longitudinal Report on the Economic Status of COLT Staff in the University of Maine System
Part of the Women in the Curriculum Fall 2006 Lunch Series. Janine Bonk, Administrative Assistant of Admissions, University of Maine at Farmington; Jane Crouch, Secretary, Bureau of Labor Education; Loraine Lowell, Librarian Assistant, University of Southern Maine and Vice-President, ACSUM; Phyllis VonHerrlich, Administrative Assistant, Muskie School, University of Southern Maine. DVD & VHS Format.

The Personal File of Anna Akhmatova
This film introduces the viewer to Anna Akhmatova, one of the most important poetic voices of the 20th century and a legend in the former Soviet Union. The film portrays the struggles of this celebrated poet, who was persecuted by the Soviet state throughout her literary career. (63 min.)

Perspectives on Race, Civil Rights , and Feminism
An on-campus presentation by Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Assistant Professor of Law at Emory University and a former member of SNCC and the Black Panther Party. In her lecture, she discusses how participation in the Civil Rights movement affected her attitude towards the women’s movement, other women, and the role feminists have in race-based struggles. (30 min. 1995)

The Piano
One of the most critically acclaimed and highly awarded films of the year, The Piano arouses erotic passions and vengeful jealousies. Ada, a young mute woman (Holly Hunter) is desired by two men, her husband by an arranged marriage (Sam Neil) and the husband’s darkly intense neighbor (Harvey Keitel). Violent emotions erupt, but only one man understands that Ada’s heart can only be won through her beloved piano. (121 min. 1995)

The Piano Lesson
August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future comes to the screen. The Charles family has survived a turbulent past, at the heart of their struggle stands a magnificent piano. A carved piano that carries their family’s story from their days as slaves. A piano that has cost them dearly in tears…and bloodshed. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to buy a farm — the same fields their family worked as slaves. But his sister, Bernice, refused to part with it. For her, the piano is their very soul, a legacy of pride and struggle that symbolizes their survival as a family. As they clash over the piano’s fate — and their family’s future — they must come to terms with the demons in their past… and the memories that threaten to destroy them as a family once and for all. Alfre Woodard stars as Bernice. (99 min. 1995)

The Pill
In May 1960, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of the contraceptive pill, a drug that would arguably have a greater impact on American culture than any other in the nation’s history. Within five years, more than six million American women would make it part of their daily lives. The change was remarkable. In some of the freshest and most revealing sequences of the film, the first generation of pill users describe the prevailing sexual attitudes of the 1950′s and talk frankly about being terrified at the prospect of having one baby after another for the duration of their fertile lives. These women, now in their sixties and seventies, explain the enormous impact the pill had on their lives. It is through these personal stories that the film reveals how two elderly women, a scientist, and a physician unleashed a social revolution. (PBS Video)

The Planned Giving Executive Workshop
A detailed, in-depth, technical discussion of estate planning for non-profit organizations. Suitable for executive administrators. (200 min. 1988 or 1989)

Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete
Sports media scholars Mar Jo Kane (University of Minnesota), Pat Griffin (University of Massachusetts), and Michael Messner (University of Southern California) look at the persistence of heterosexism and homophobia in perpetuating gender stereotypes. They argue for new media images which fairly and accurately depict the strength and competence o female athletes. Using numerous media examples, Playing Unfair is sure to stimulate debate among women and men, athletes and non-athletes about the meaning of these images in a world transformed by the presences of women in sport. (30 min. 2002)

PMS Access
This video contains two short films dealing with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) (1991)

- Managing PMS
A Delicate Balance This educational program about Premenstrual Syndrome discusses the symptoms associated with the syndrome, theories as to its cause, diagnostic techniques and an evaluation of the various types of therapy and medications available for the treatment of PMS. (39 min.)

- Give Yourself a Break
High levels of stress can exacerbate PMS and can, in fact, trigger the onset of PMS. This short stress reduction exercise session aims to help women reduce and manage their stress so as to gain relief. (14 min.)

Poet and “The Nation” Columnist
A talk with Katha Pollitt. Also an interview with Ani Difranco-”What is the Future of Feminism?” at Bates College. (1997)

The Poetry of Rita Joe
An on-campus poetry reading as part of the Women’s History Celebration. A Micmac, Joe was born on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and now resides on the Eskasoni Reserve. While her poetry addresses the devastating effects of “mental colonization”, it also reveals the strength of Native tradition, and credits Joe’s “Native upbringing by many mothers.” (90 min. 1995)

The Political Representation of Sexual Difference: Le Mouvement pour la Pante in Late 20th Century France (Social/Marxist Luncheon Series)
Lecture presented by Dr. Joan Wallach Scott, a leading theorist and practitioner of cultural history. Currently she is a Professor in the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

The Political Uses of Quilts: A Continuing Tradition
An on-campus lecture and discussion. Elizabeth Hoffman, Assistant Professor of Art creates a framework for considering quilts within a political context. Cara Finnegan, Graduate Student in Speech Communication, discusses her research and study of the NAMES quilt, which commemorates people who have died of AIDS. Kristin Langellier, Professor of Speech Communication, considers the rhetoric over the controversy involving the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to license quilt designs from its collections for overseas production. (30 min. 1995)

The Politics of Looking Back: Style, Gesture and Resistance in Female Activism
An on-campus lecture by Ardis Cameron, Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine. Cameron discusses the role of women in the labor movement and on the picket lines. (90 min. 1993)

Population and People of Faith: It’s About Time
In this video church leaders, ecologists, health specialists, population experts, political leaders, and grassroots women discuss the relationship between population growth and the world’s social, economic, and environmental problems. They also discuss potential solutions to the problem of overpopulation, including increasing the status of women. (13 min. 1999)

Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face.  Each woman’s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. While Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women’s subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates these are global struggles.  Finally, through their collective activism, these women demonstrate that, despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.  Poto Mitan will be a tool for education and empowerment—to inspire people to think critically, look behind the label, and get involved.  We are connected.  U.S. consumers buy the fruits of their labor and our government shapes Haiti through development/foreign policy. (2009, 50 minutes, DVD)

Pray The Devil Back To Hell
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.  Thousands of women—ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim—came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace.  Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war.  Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks.  A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia.  Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, this film is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. (2008, 72 minutes, subtitles, DVD)

Prime Minister and Environmentalist
In 1981, Gro Harlem Brundtland became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Norway. A Harvard-educated physician by profession, Brundtland has also been a prominent environmental agent facing policy makers today. She introduces the concept of “sustainable development” and also talks about the increasingly important role of women in politics. (30 min. 1993)

The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women
In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on “the virginity movement” – an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women’s sexuality to roll back women’s rights. From dad-and-daughter “purity balls,” taxpayer-funded abstinence-only curricula, and political attacks on Planned Parenthood, to recent attempts by legislators to de-fund women’s reproductive health care and narrow the legal definition of rape, Valenti identifies a single, unifying assumption: the myth that the worth of a woman depends on what she does – or does not do – sexually. In the end, Valenti argues that the health and well-being of women are too important to be left to ideologues bent on vilifying feminism and enacting a reactionary set of policies designed to undermine women’s autonomy. (2011, 45 minutes, DVD)

The Pursuit of Justice: The Legal and Civil Rights of African American Women in 18th-Century Florida
An on-campus lecture. Jane Landers, an Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, describes how women of African descent — free and slave — sought legal and social justice in conservative, patriarchal Spanish Florida. She also highlights the individual voices of these women to relate to their successes and failures. (75 min. 1995)

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