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Saheri’s Choice
This program examines the custom of arranged marriages in India. It follows the story of one girl and her family as they confront the reality of an impending marriage that was arranged when the girl was barely six years old. An overview of the custom presents it as common among all castes, although many Indians view the practice in a negative light. Education, family wealth, and astrological compatibility are examined as important in determining with whom the marriages are arranged. In one case, the issue of dowry leads to the suicide of a young female marriage prospect. Severe penalties for breaking engagements are discussed, along with divorce negotiations should the marriage fail. This is a candid glimpse into contemporary Indian society. (27 min. 1998)

The Same-Sex Marriage Debate: A Survey of Arguments
Cheshire Calhoun, Colby College. Part of the 2004 Socialist and Marxist Studies Luncheon Series. 3-18-04.

Sarah Jane Foster, Teacher of Freedmen
An on-campus lecture delivered by Wayne Reilly. Foster, a native of Gray, Maine, taught freed black slaves in Martinsburg, West Virginia in the years following the end of the Civil War. Reilly, a direct descendant of Foster and the editor of Foster’s diaries and letters, discusses his research methods in locating materials on Foster as well as recounting the resulting personal history of Foster’s efforts at securing social justice through education. Given that very few personal diaries from this time period still exist, Foster’s diary is an extremely important document of women’s history during the Reconstruction period. (75 min. 1993)

Save a Sweetheart
This video presentation offers step-by-step instructions on how to perform a breast self-examination, as well as statistical information about the rate of incidence of breast cancer regionally and worldwide. Produced by WABI -TV 5 (Bangor). (7 min.)

Saving Title IX: A Call for Action
Lynn Atherley, Head Volleyball Coach, Janice Clark, Interim Director of Student Services, Athletics Program, Rena Lolar, Graduate Student in Psychology, Kristin Langellier, Moderator. Part of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Spring 2006 Lunch Series. (2/15/06, VHS, DVD) 

Science and Gender: Evelyn Fox Keller
When in the 1950s, Evelyn Fox Keller sallied forth to become a scientist, she discovered it was a man’s world. Training as a theoretical physicist and working in both mathematical biology and the history of science, she wondered why most scientists were men and why the language of science reflected masculine metaphors and values. Keller has grappled with the meaning and consequences of these stereotypes ever since. In this program with Bill Moyers, Keller discusses how gender plays a significant role in the language that scientists use to describe their work. (30 min. 1990)

Scout’s Honor
“To be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight” – this is the Boy Scout Oath. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can’t. Witness how one remarkable 13-year-old Scout named Steven Cozza launches a campaign to overturn the ban on gays. Scouting for All is the movement built by Cozza with the help of a long-time Scout leader, community members, and his own family. Scout’s Honor also includes the stories of ousted gay Eagle Scouts Tim Curran and James Dale, whose legal cases culminated at the United States Supreme Court where a private organization’s right to determine its membership goes head to head with a state’s right to protect all its citizens. Moving from Petaluma, California to the Supreme Court, the film chronicles a modern interpretation of the Scouting ideals of courage, citizenship, and honor. (60 min. 2001)

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Comedy by the incomparable Lily Tomlin. (120 min. 1992)

Secrets Underground: Archaeologist Patty Jo Watson
Archaeologist Patty Jo Watson’s work in caves has uncovered intriguing new information about the earliest North Americans and has led to a re-evaluation of our beliefs about them. In this program she discusses her studies of early human activity and her provocative new theory about gender roles in early societies. Part of the PBS Discovering Women Series. (60 min. 1996)

See Me: Five Young Latinas
Five teen-aged Latinas living in San Francisco’s Mission District – most of them recent immigrants from Meio or other Central American countries – talk frankly about their lives, from discrimination and school, to friends and family relationships, experiences with gang violence, and plans for the future. Their comments are blended with footage of neighborhood life to provide meaningful insights into the lives of young Hispanic women in the U.S. (30 min. 1999)

A Sense of Wonder
When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her private persona, her convictions about the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into the role of controversial public figure. Using many of Miss Carson’s own words, Kaiulani Lee embodies this extraordinary woman in a documentary style film which depicts carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people. The film is an intimate and poignant reflection of Carson’s life as she emerges as America’s most successful advocate for the natural world. Beautifully shot in HD by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler at Carson’s cottage in Maine. (DVD format, 54 Minutes, 2008)

Serving in Silence: Margarethe Cammermeyer
A lecture given for Pride Week. Cammermeyer was the highest ranking out lesbian in the U.S. Army when she resigned. (1999)

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Maine
Conference on 11/18/05 with Sarah Deer. VHS and DVD.

Shahrbanoo is an unlikely story: An American woman, Melissa, visits her new husband’s family – which happens to live in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran. Melissa is befriended by Shahrbanoo who has been moonlighting as her mother-in-law’s housekeeper for more than a quarter of a century without the knowledge of Shahrbanoo’s own family. Shahrbanoo invites Melissa (and her husband with his ever-present camera in tow) to a family gathering where she is treated to an intense cultural exchange about subjects ranging from women’s place in society to American foreign policy. The documentary is an alternatively heart-warming, hilarious, harrowing and heartrending testimony to the hidden ties that connect us across vast cultural gulfs. (57 min. 2002)

The Shape of Water
Creating intimate portraits of Khady, Oraiza, Gila and Bilkusben, The Shape of Water drives the dusty roads of Senegalese villages and the energetic streets of Dakar, walks into Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest, stands on a busy corner in Jerusalem, and takes a train ride into the Himalayan foothills. The women are abandoning female genital mutilation, tapping for rubber to protect the rainforest, opposing military occupations, sustaining the world’s largest trades union, protesting dams that threaten to drown their homes and lives, and safeguarding the biodiversity of the planet. Their poignant stories, full of the tensions and pleasures of daily life, are brought to light in this award-winning documentary.  Women are making a difference – one person at a time, one group at a time. (70 minutes, 2006, English subtitles, DVD)

Sharon Olds
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Sharon Olds’ poetry has the intensity and power to move the reader, whether her subject be personal family life or political events. Her first book, Satan Says, received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award, and her book, The Dead and the Living, won a national Book Critics Circle Award. Ms. Olds read from The Gold Cell, The Dead and the Living and from work in progress. (60 min. 1991)

Shattered Lives
This intense video educates the viewer regarding the cycles of violence while offering a positive perspective on addressing crime in the home. Strong emphasis is focused on young people and the effects of domestic violence on children. Our focus shows that not only through individual change and community dialogue will lasting solutions to domestic violence be achieved. The video includes interviews with professionals who work with victims, as well as the violent parties. Music by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Loreena McKennitt, Sarah McLachlan, U2, and the Pretenders. (45 min. 1999)

She Says: Women in News A PBS special on 10 women journalists. Tells the story of how these women have changed the media and the world. These women have given their unique perceptive on the issues in our lives and reinvented the way news is told (2001)

A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in American
An on-campus lecture given by 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. Part of the Multicultural Women’s Studies Institute. (90 min. 1998)

Shirley Caesar and the Souls of Black Folk: Gospel Music as Cultural Critique

Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America
This short film, produced by the AAUW (American Association of University Women), offers a general overview of how girls frequently experience gender inequity in the educational system. The film also discusses how girls’ self-esteem is frequently adversely affected by their experiences in school. (19 min. 1991)

Silencing Our Inner Voices: Women and Depression
A 1997 on-campus lecture given as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Maria M. Baeza, a licensed clinical social worker, discusses how to decrease the stigma attached to mental illness and women who are depressed. (30 min.)

Silicon Vision: Computational Neuroscientist Misha Mahowald
As a child, Misha Mahowald went on a ride at Disneyland where visitors were “shrunk down” into “water molecules.” Being only a child, she thought what she was seeing was real. “The world suddenly was much more interesting than I’d been led to believe, because there were all these things that were normally invisible that were really there,” she remembers. Today Mahowald brings the same delighted curiosity to her work as young scientist in a very young field, computational neuroscience, a combination of computer science and biology. Although she was only 29 (when film was created) years old, she has already played a major part in the development of a silicon retina, a tiny computer chip that reacts to light as the eye’s retina does. (60 min. 1995)

Silk and Steel: New Roles for Indonesian Women
As Asian economies boom and their governments grapple with claims for democracy and human rights, women have begun to play a key role in reshaping the traditionally male-dominated culture of southeast Asia, and Indonesia is no exception. Women have often held second place in Indonesia. They have been valued as wives and mothers, but denied the educational and legal opportunities offered to men. As workers, they have suffered from sexual discrimination. Politically they are poorly represented and culturally they are increasingly under pressure from the Moslem religion to cover up and stay home. This film looks at three Indonesian women of different professions  a lawyer, a rock star, and a TV journalist. (56 min. 1999)

The Sins of Our Mothers
This video, part of a 10-part PBS series called The American Experience, recounts a Gothic tale about sin and redemption in 19th-century New England and the impact of a legend on the town of Fayette, ME. At the heart of the story is a woman named Emeline Gurney, who was sent by her impoverished parents to work in the mills of Lowell, Massachusetts. (58 min. 1989)

Sisters of ’77: The Struggles and Triumphs in the Battle for
Equal Rights
On an historic weekend in November of 1977, twenty thousand women and men left their jobs and homes in cities and small towns around the country to end discrimination against women and promote their equal rights. For four days at the first National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, they caucused, argued and finally hammered out resolutions that revolutionized the women’s movement. Archival footage breathes life into heated debates over controversial issues like the equal rights amendment, reproductive freedom, lesbian rights, sexual preference and minority rights. Current interviews with Gloria Steinem, Ellie Smeal, Ann Richards, Carmen Delgado Votaw, Liz Carpenter, and Betty Friedan bring a deeper understanding to the legacy of the conference. Media Projects, Inc. 55 minutes.

Sisters in Resistance
Sisters in Resistance tells the story of four young women who risked their lives to fight Nazi oppression and brutality in occupied France, not because they themselves were Jewish or in danger of being arrested, but because it was the right thing to do.  Within two years of the start of the Occupation, they had all been arrested by the Gestapo and were deported as political prisoners to Ravensbruck concentration camp.  The documentary follows the paths of the four women from before the war to the present.  The women speak about what compelled them to resist, their roles in the Resistance, their arrests, deportation and liberation.  They talk about the struggle to rebuild their lives after the war, their desire for children and their continued battles in the name of justice.  Sisters is about these four lifelong friends as Resistance fighters, as fellow prisoners, as idealists and as women, offering a perspective that has been largely overlooked in the history of the Holocaust.  Director Maia Wechsler shot at Ravensbruck concentration camp, at the French prisons and at numerous Paris locations central to the story.  Archival footage illustrates their activities in the Resistance. (2000, 60 minutes, DVD & VHS)

Slaying the Dragon
Slaying the Dragon is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women since the silent era. From the racist use of white actors to portray Asians in early Hollywood films, through the success of Anna May Wong’s sinister dragon lady, to Suzie Wong and the 50′s geisha girls, to the Asian-American anchorwoman of today, this fascinating videotape shows how stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian-American women. A film by Deborah Gee, 1988, 60 minutes.

The Smell of Burning Ants
A haunting account of the pains and trauma of growing up male. It evocatively presents the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. Rather than glorifying and romanticizing boyhood, this film opens up wounds to let the poisons out and facilitate healing. Without giving answers the film asks us to look at and become conscious of the ways in which boys are deprived of wholeness. For men in particular, who characteristically fail to notice their own suffering, this film can be useful in penetrating the barriers to remembering and feeling their difficult childhood experiences. Comes with a study and discussion guide for the film. (21 minutes)

So How Well is the College Curriculum Recognizing Race and Gender?
(WIC Luncheon Series) Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director, Wellesley Center for Research on Women, asks the audience to bring their own experiences to the discussion held at the Bodwell Lounge of the Maine Center for the Arts. (75 min. 1999)

Social Transformation and Psycho-Spiritual Healing:
Strategies for Peace and Justice in the Era of George Bush and Ariel Sharon
Howard B. Schonberger Peace & Social Justice Lecturer Rabbi Michael Lerner. 11-6-03.

Sojourner Truth
An on-campus presentation. Nell Painter, author of Exodusters and Standing at Armageddon, places ex-slave, feminist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth in the context of American reform. (90 min. 1992)

Someone’s Got To Pick Eggs”: Women’s Work in Family Storytelling
Kristin Langellier and Eric Peterson. Part of the Spring 2004 WIC/WST Luncheon Series. 3-23-04.

Something Like A War
This film by Deepra Dhanraj consists of conversations between a group of Indian women who discuss menstruation, marriage, family planning, population control, and poverty in India. Hindi with English subtitles. (52 min. 1991)

Song of the Exile
Renowned Taiwanese director Ann Hui, an internationally recognized chronicler of Asian life, offers up this memorable film that depicts the fundamental tenets of a relationship between a mother and her daughter. Hueyin Cheung, having just graduated from a university in Britain, returns home for her sister’s wedding, only to find herself at odds with her imperious mother. Reluctantly accompanying her mother on a visit to Japan, Hueyin comes to understand that she and her mother are very much alike, having suffered similar feelings of loss and alienation throughout their adult lives. In Mandarin and Japanese, with English subtitles. (100 min. 1990)

Sonia Sanchez
Part of the Lannan Library Film Series. Sonia Sanchez is a dynamic poet, playwright, activist and teacher whose work advocates ethnic pride and unity among African Americans. Sonia Sanchez read from Homegirls & Handgrenades and Under a Soprano Sky. (60 min. 1991)

A drama revolving about Etienne de Bourbon, a 13th century Dominican friar who, sent by the Pope to seek out heretics, arrives in a small French village where he discovers Elda, the strangely beautiful and mysterious forest woman. Elda is respected in the village because she performs ancient healing rituals and understands nature’s secrets. Sorceress is an historically accurate dramatization of the conflict between ancient customs and religious dogma. (98 min. 1988)

Speak-Out on Domestic Violence
An on-campus event held as part of the WIC Lunch Series. Survivors of domestic violence speak out of their experience. (75 min. 1995)

Speak Out! Women Reclaiming Their Lives
Part of Women’s History Celebration. Dyann Logwood is one of the founding publishers of HUES (Hear Us Emerging Sisters), a nationally distributed magazine for young women of all cultures, shapes, and lifestyles. A key contributor to the anthologies Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism and Adios Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity, Logwood is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University and the director of their Women’s Center. She provides a perspective on the current state of women’s issues and shares her own vision of how reclaiming their power will help women reclaim their lives. She focuses on the history of HUES magazine, body image, and the subliminal messages women receive. (1999)

Speaking Out For Justice
This video, created by the American Association of University Women, illustrates the gender discrimination against women in academe. It proves that a woman who excels in a field, who is committed to education and teaching may be prohibited from pursuing her career because of her gender. Gender discrimination may be the reason for the lack of women tenured professors, unequal pay among men and women, denial of research funds, and sexual harassment. (17 min. 1995)

In the 1940s, when India was still a British colony, tax collectors called sudebars combed the countryside with their soldiers, often demanding more than taxes alone from frightened Indian women. Spices explores a community’s reaction to an oppressed woman’s plight, as an impoverished young woman spurns the tax collector’s advances and seeks shelter in a pepper factory. In Hindi, with English subtitles. (98 min. 1986)

Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: American Indian Women’s Literature
Part of Women’s History Celebration. Paula Gunn Allen, a professor of English at UCLA and a Laguna Pueblo Lakota, has written widely on Native American traditions. Among her many works are Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman’s Sourcebook, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, and Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women. (90 min. 1993)

The Spirit of Women
On an historic weekend in November of 1977, twenty thousand women and men left their jobs and homes in cities and small towns around the country to end discrimination against women and promote their equal rights. For four days at the first National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, they caucused, argued and finally hammered out resolutions that revolutionized the women’s movement. Archival footage breathes life into heated debates over controversial issues like the equal rights amendment, reproductive freedom, lesbian rights, sexual preference and minority rights. Produced by Circle R Group and Media Projects, Inc., in Association with the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future. 55 Minutes.

Spouse Abuse: A Global Perspective
Produced and directed by Olaniyi Arke and Sowbhagyalakshmi Areke, this video deals with the issues of spousal abuse from around the world. (60 min)

Spruce Run Founder’s Day Celebration
The founders of Spruce Run gather together to discuss the reasons and motivations for creating this amazing shelter for women and celebrate all the positive events that have happened because of it. (180 min. 1992)

Standing on my Sisters’ Shoulders
A powerful portrayal of a missing chapter in our nation’s record of the Civil Rights movement, this powerful documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it and emerged as its grassroots leaders. Their living testimony offers a window into a unique moment when the founders’ promise of freedom and justice passed from rhetoric to reality for all Americans. (2002, 61 Minutes, Color/BW, DVD)

Starting Out at UM: Nontraditional Women Students Share Their Secrets
This panel was sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and held at Talmar Woods. It featured a panel of five nontraditional women students sharing the challenges they have faced juggling family, work, and college. Resource staff from UM also share resources available on campus. (Part I 60 min. 1998. Part II was lost)

The Status of Women at the University of Maine: Two Decades of Study, a Blueprint for Action
An on-campus panel. Former members of past presidential task forces on the status of women at the University reflect on the changes the University has made and what remains to be done. Panelists: Constance Carlson and Catherine Cutler, from the 1973 Task Force; Lea Acord, John Alexander and Sharon Jackiw, from the 1988 Task Force. Moderated by Leslie Fleming, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Chair of the Council on Women. (90 min. 1994)

Status/Survival: Violence, Global Spaces and the Politics of Gender
Professor Radha Hegde, Associate Professor of Culture and Communication and Director of the Communication Studies Program at New York University is a scholar, teacher, and domestic violence activist. She reflects on the ways in which the racial and gendered realities of local issues can only be understood within transnational flows of migration, information technologies, and media images. Part of Women’s History Celebration 2007. Co-sponsored by the Libra Foundation and the Department of Communication and Journalism. DVD and VHS format.

Stella Adler: Awake and Dream!
She has been called a bully, a genius, an angel, but no one disputes Stella Adler’s role as one of the most charismatic and influential acting teachers of this century. Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, and Candice Bergen are just a few of her former students featured in Awake and Dream! Charged sequences of Adler at work with actors, combined with personal interviews, archival stills, film footage, and recollections of colleagues and students intimately capture this artist’s life force in action. (57 min. 1989)

Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977
Traces the gradual emergence of contemporary feminism through the life stories of eight women who helped make it happen. Set against the backdrop of a half-century of war, prosperity, and reform, their testimonies weave an historical narrative of a mass movement evolving as personal experience yields political analysis and spurs social protest. The storytellers are factory workers, women religious, community organizers, and store owners who struggled for justice in labor, civil rights, and political movements of the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s they joined forces, named their shared experience of discrimination “sexism” and mobilized to end it. By the 1970s, they were leaders of national feminist organizations and activists in the mass movement that was transforming American society. (57 min. 1998)

Still Doing It The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65
Flying in the face of this culture’s extreme ageism, Still Doing It explores the lives of older women. Partnered, single, straight, gay, black and white; nine extraordinary women, age 67-87, express with startling honesty how they feel about themselves, sex and love in later life and the poignant realities of aging. Outspoken for their generation, these women mark a sea change. Women over 65 are already the fastest-growing segment of the population, and when the baby boomers begin to turn 65 in 2011, their numbers will swell. Still Doing It follows the lives of these women as well as this society’s complex relationship to aging with surprising and revelatory results. A film by Deirdre Fishel. 54 minutes, color.

Stonewall, Before
The story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian American’s since the 1920′s. The raiding of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1969 opened the door for others to see those who lived through an often brutal and closeted history (87 min.)

Stonewall, After
Sequel to “Stonewall, Before”, chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Narrated by Melissa Etheridge (88 min.)

Stonewall 25: The Future is Ours!
An extremely moving documentary about the 1994 march on the United Nations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, viewed by many as the birth of the gay rights movement. (57 min. 1994)

Strange Fruit
Strange Fruit explores the history and legacy of one of the most haunting and politically significant songs in the annals of American music. While most people assume that the anti-lynching anthem “Strange Fruit” was written by Billie Holiday, it actually began as a poem by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who later set it to music. It was only when Billie Holiday performed the song at New York’s Cafe Society and then recorded it that “Strange Fruit” began to gain its fame. Footage of her performance of her bitter and heart-wrenching signature song stands at the center of the film. (57 min. 2002)

“A Stronger Soul within a Finer Frame:” Writing a Literary History of Black Women
An on-campus lecture given by 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. This talk was given from a book in progress and was part of the Multicultural Women’s Studies Institute. (90 min. 1998)

Student Activism at the University of Maine: A Twenty Year Perspective
An on-campus panel discussion held as part of Women’s History Celebration. Student activists, past and present, share their thoughts in a panel discussion that examines why they became activists as students and how that activism has affected their lives. Panelists: Sharon Barker (Class of 1971), Trish Riley (Class of 1973), Karen Edgecomb (Class of 1974), Anne LŽvesque (Class of 1988) and Rebecca Sockbeson (Class of 1994). (90 min. 1994)

Suffering for Beauty: Women, Technology, and Body Care in American History
Rebecca Herzig, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Bates and author of Suffering for Science: Reason and Sacrifice in Modern America, speaks on the relationship between technology and freedom in the U.S., focusing on the invention and rapid spread of new forms of women’s body care at the turn of the 21st century. Part of Women’s History Celebration 2008, and the History Department Colloquium Series. 3/20/08; DVD format.

Supporting Gender Equality: Policies That Work
Anita Nyberg, Professor the National Institute for Working Life in Stockholm, Sweden, will talk about the policies on childcare and parental leave in Sweden, which are very different from the ones in the U.S. Part of Women’s History Celebration 2007. VHS format.

Surname Viet, Given Name Nam
Vietnamese women who feel separated from men as well as from other women by their country’s troubled political past and present talk about their experiences, convictions, and attempts to make a difference. Filmed by Trinh Minh Ha in Vietnamese and English with English subtitles. (108 min. 1989)

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