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V-Day: Until The Violence Stops
V-Day: Until the Violence Stops features playwright and activist Eve Ensler in a powerful film that documents how The Vagina Monologues grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls.  In 2002, eight hundred cities around the world participated in V-Day by staging benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues.  Until the Violence Stops shows women from Harlem to Ukiah, California, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Philippines and Kenya, uniting and courageously revealing their intimate and deeply painful experiences with abuse ranging from rape to female circumcision.  Director Abby Epstein takes us on a poignant journey into the hearts of women and includes revealing testimonies from men, who expose social and cultural attitudes that perpetuate the pervasive violence against women.  In emotionally charged interviews and performances, everyday women and celebrities like Rosie Perez, Salma Hayek, Tantoo Cardinal, Jane Fonda, and Lisa Gay Hamilton embrace their bodies, reconcile their past, and bond together to break the silence that surrounds abuse.  More than just testimonies and performances, Until the Violence Stops is a film about empowerment and the importance of dialogue in the healing process.  A celebration of women reclaiming their bodies and lives, this moving documentary leaves us with hope that change can happen. (2004, 73 minutes, DVD)

The Vagina Monologues
A play by University students and staff that discusses the stereotypes surrounding women and how the stigma surrounding the word vagina has created problems for women, including sexual assault, etc. (3/8/00)

Ventre Livre
In Brazil, one in every four women of child-bearing age has been sterilized — often in her teens. And, with no access to other forms of contraception, over two million women resort to illegal abortions every year — leading to an estimated 50,000 deaths. Ventre Livre intercuts moving interviews with a range of different women describing their own experiences with statistics on the poor state of healthcare for women. Ventre Livre is part of the series Women’s Lives and Choices. (45 min. 1995)

Vera Drake
Imelda Staunton gives an award-winning performance as Vera Drake, a devoted wife and mother in 1950s England. Unbeknownst to her family, Vera secretly helps women terminate unwanted pregnancies. When she is arrested, her entire world unravels, leading to a very dramatic, emotional conclusion. (125 minutes, Color, DVD Format)

A Vindication of the Rights of Women: Where Are We, 200 Years Later?
An on-campus panel. Panelists included Janet Tebrake, Assistant Professor of History; attorneys Susan Longley and Susan Kominsky; legislator Jane Saxl; and Mary McPherson of the Maine Women’s Lobby. Two centuries after Mary Wollstonecraft penned her treatise on the rights of women, this panel sought to assess the gains made since then with respect to Wollstonecraft’s declaration, and ponders what remaining changes need to be brought about in society. (75 min. 1992) Violence at Noon Nagisa Oshima’s

Violence Against Women: A Violation of Human Rights
Inspired by testimonies of battered and abused women from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America at the Church Center of the United Nations, this video was designed to bring the topic of violence against women into the global arena. It includes a companion guide with international statistics, contact information for organizations, and resource materials. (25 min. 1995)

Violence at Noon
tells the disturbing tale of a brutal sex murderer, his protective wife and a woman he has previously raped, all of whom live in a rural community with a group of Tokyo intellectuals. The two women shield the criminal from the police, each feeling a perverse sense of loyalty to him, one due to marriage, the other because he once saved her life. The behavior and motivations of this unholy trinity slowly begin to shift, as the film approaches a shattering conclusion that is at once shocking and poignant. (Japanese with English subtitles. 99 min. 1966)

Violence Against Women: A Violation of Human Rights
Inspired by the testimonies of battered and abused women from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America at the Church Center of the United Nations, this video was designed to bring the topic of violence against women into the global arena. It includes a companion guide with international statistics, contact information for organizations, and resource materials. (25 min. 1995)

Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
An on-campus lecture given by Urvashi Vaid, sponsored by the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Concerns Committee. Vaid is an active member of the gay, lesbian and feminist movements. Time Magazine named her one of the most promising leaders under the age of 40. Vaid discusses her views as well as her career and book, Virtual Equality. (120 min. 1992)

Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker
An inspiring exploration, insight and strength that have made Alice Walker one of the most admired women in the U.S. Filmed at Walker’s California home, in her Georgia hometown, and on location with the film crew of The Color Purple, Elena Featherstone’s film explores the roots of Walker’s southern black feminist consciousness through in-depth conversations with the writer and with members of her family. Interviews with Black literary scholar Barbara Christian place Walker in the history of African American literature; archival footage of the Civil Rights Movement provide background for Walker’s political commitment. (58 min. 1989)

A Voice For Choice
The only documentary focusing exclusively on the current state of women’s reproductive rights in America, “A Voice for Choice” is a feature length documentary on the 2004 March of Women’s Lives in Washington D.C. The film examines the current crisis in women’s reproductive freedoms and the systematic attacks by the Bush administration on a woman’s right to choose. Culminating with the historic march on Washington D.C. (the largest march in U.S. history), “A Voice for Choice” exposes the Bush administration’s anti-choice agenda through interviews with some of the nation’s leading politicians, activists, artists and tells the personal stories of several women on the road to Washington. DVD format.

This short film features the testimony of several women’s horrifying experiences with illegal abortions and the equally horrifying results of those abortions. Politicians and activists also voice their concerns over the possible fate of Roe v. Wade (the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision which made abortion legal), urging pro-choice Americans to make their feelings known. Produced by NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League). (15 min. 1989)

Voices Heard, Sisters Unseen
This is a unique mosaic of compelling personal accounts, poetry, dance, masked performances, and music that bring together perspectives seldom seen or heard. This video is about how battered women turned away by shelters and social services challenge the stereotypes of who a battered woman “really is” and confront judges, police, funders, even community activists who collude with the batterer and keep women trapped in abusive relationships. These women are now helping other battered women to get the attention they need. They speak in many “tongues”– English, Spanish and Sign. They are lesbians, deaf, disabled, undocumented, women with HIV/Aids, and women in prostitution. A ground-breaking resource for anyone working with battered women or anyone interested in domestic violence issues. (75 min. 1995)

Voices of Change
A wide ranging examination both of individual activism and issues facing women worldwide this inspiring five-part documentary offers invaluable insights into the realities of international feminism. In Australia, Barbara Cummings grew up in a state-run Mission as part of a social policy of forced assimilation. After attending the college where she had worked as a cleaning lady, she has become a leader in the Aboriginal rights movement; in Guatemala, Sandra Gonzalez risked her life by demonstrating to bring the union to the clothing factory where she works; in Latvia, Mara Kimele has endured blacklisting and constant funding struggles to direct theater that nourishes the souls of her people; in Pakistan, renowned lawyer and human right activist Asthma Jahangir braves death threats to fight for the rights of rape victims, bonded laborers, and accused blasphemers; in Canada, Hong Kong immigrant Tam Gooseen’s work as community organizer culminates in her election as the first non-white school trustee in the school system attended by her 16 year old daughter. (92 min. 1996)

Voices of Difference: Stories of Immigrant Women
From Ireland and Scotland in the early 1900′s to Guyana, South America in the 1960s to Syria in the Mid-East in the 1990s, women have had to face obstacles and make adjustments when immigrating to a new life in the U.S. Through personal interviews, hear the stories of three women punctuated by differences of time and place who came to live in Buffalo, NY, an all American city. This video creates a new perception of diversity in our society that can be used by both educational and business institutions for multicultural study and diversity training. (32 min. 2001)

Voices of Power: African-American Women
In this program, writers Alice Walker and Bell Hooks and Ohio State University faculty Dr. Martha Wharton, of the Departments of African-American Studies and Women’s Studies, and Dr. Valerie Lee, of the Departments of English and Women’s Studies, examine the emergence of African-American women as popular and powerful voices of social conscience. (29 min. 2000)

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