Videos - Videos By Title – I
I Always Do My Collars First (a film about ironing)
A documentary that delivers an artful and unexpectedly entertaining look at what is often ignored as a mundane chore. It’s a film about ironing, but it’s also a meaningful meditation on so much more. The story follows four dynamic Cajun women in French Louisiana as they go about their daily lives demonstrating how the simple ritual of ironing weaves its way throughout the fabric of family life and their sense of identity. Ironing, we learn from them, is a nurturing, emotional, and learned process, transmitted from mothers to daughters; it is performed with complex aesthetic sensibilities that connect these women to other women in their community. Through first-person narration, the women share with us a rare look at the rich interior life lived by wives and mothers in a traditional culture. By the film’s end, we see that for them, and for their mothers, ironing has been as necessary to self respect as cooking is to eating. (English w/ French Subtitles, 24 minutes, DVD)
I is a Long-Memoried Woman
This striking combination of monologue, dance and song chronicles the history of slavery through the eyes of Caribbean women. Based on the award-winning poems of Guyanese-British writer Grace Nichols, this performance piece describes the conditions of slavery on sugar plantations, as well as acts of defiance and rebellion that led to freedom, read by author Toni Morrison. (50 min. 1990)
I Read About My Death In Vogue Magazine:
A Comedy by Lydia Sargent
A feminist comedy telling of the events leading up to that fateful day when 1960′s feminist read about the death of feminism in various mainstream women’s magazines, and elsewhere. The Boston Phoenix called it a “rich and funny wake and sing for the post-feminist ge.” Filmed live performance at ZMI, 2001; includes soundtrack; 105 minutes.
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
This film looks at the life of this civil rights activist’s career as a journalist and her work as an anti-lynching crusader. African-American author Toni Morrison reads passages from Wells’ journal as well as letters Wells wrote. (54 min.)
Ideal Femininity Changes Color: J Lo as the New Superwoman
Lisa Flores, Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies, University of Utah. Part of the Fall 2007 WIC Lunch Series. Filmed on October 16, 2007. DVD and VHS format available.
An Identity of My Own: In Search of the Elusive Franco American
An on-campus lecture given by Eloise Briere, Associate Professor of French Studies, University at Albany, SUNY and expert on Franco-American Studies and the French presence in the Caribbean and Africa. Part of the Multicultural Women’s Studies Institute. (90 min. 1998)
If These Walls Could Talk
An HBO original movie staring Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek, and Cher. Movie looks at three different generations of women trying to have abortions, from when they were illegal to today’s legalization.
If These Walls Could Talk 2
Three couples over three different decades are bonded by the depth of their passions, their unconventional love, and a house that might offer up their stories. (96 min. 2000)
A black and white film written and directed by Julie Dash, set during World War II, that depicts the mistreatment of a black woman who sings the voiceover for a Hollywood movie that features only whites. (34 min. 1982)
Images of Women and Nature
An on-campus lecture by Carolyn Merchant, the author of The Death of Nature and Ecological Revolutions and a professor of environmental history at the University of California at Berkeley, explores the intrinsic connections between women and nature as seen through imagery. She also discusses the linkages between this imagery and the evolution of the eco-feminist movement in the 1960s. (90 min. 1992)
Deborah Tannen: In Depth is the companion video to He Said, She Said. In this additional 25-minute presentation, sit down with Deborah Tannen as she goes In-Depth, addressing key issues, implications, and criticisms about He Said, She Said, including: The nature/nurture question: are conversational styles born or made? Is gender the most important factor affecting conversational interaction? Are these patterns cross-cultural? What about power and dominance? How are linguistic and psychological approaches different? And much more! (25 minutes, 2001, VHS)
In My Own Skin: The Complexity of Living as an Arab in America
In My Own Skin is a meditation on the complexities of the Arab American experience through candid interviews with five young Arab women living in New York in October 2001. Made in the weeks following the tragic attacks on the WTC, In My Own Skin is a short but powerful documentary that speaks to a wide variety of audiences about the issues of immigration, identity, religion, culture, and loyalty in the shadow of 9-11. A film by Nikki Byrd and Jennifer Jajeh. (16 minutes, 2001)
In Women’s Hands: A Film on Women, HIV, and Hope
For well over a decade, HIV has quietly but steadily claimed women’s lives. Today, nearly 50% of all people living with HIV/AIDS are women. According to the United Nations, globally, young women and girls are more susceptible to HIV than men and boys, with studies showing they can be 2.5 times more likely to be HIV-infected as their male counterparts. Their vulnerability is primarily due to inadequate knowledge about AIDS, insufficient access to HIV prevention services, inability to negotiate safer sex, and a need for more female-initiated HIV prevention methods, such as microbicides. Filmed in several locations across the world, this short documentary is an important tool for organizing and creating awareness around the increasing rates of HIV/STD among women and the importance of advocacy for microbicides. The personal stories portrayed in this documentary speak to the need for microbicides and the importance of leadership on this issue and provide an inspiration for action. (2005, 26 minutes, DVD Format)
In Search of Femininities and Masculinities among New England Industrial Workers
An on-campus lecture by Professor Mary Bluett as part of Women’ s History Celebration. Bluett, a professor of History at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, uses tools developed in women’s history to look at how gender roles were constructed among male and female industrial workers in New England. (75 min. 1994)
In the Mirror of Maya Deren
Filmmaker Martina Kudlacek has fashioned not only a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to her strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work. Maya Deren is arguably the most important and innovative avant-garde filmmaker in the history of American cinema. Using locations from the Hollywood hills to Haiti, Deren made such mesmerizing films as AT LAND, RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME, and her masterpiece, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON throughout the 1940s and 50s. This video seamlessly and effectively interweaves archival footage with observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, dance pioneer Katherine Dunham, and Living Theater founder Judith Malina. With an original score by experimental New York composer John Zorn. (104 min. 2002)
Including Women in the Science Curriculum
An on-campus lecture by Dr. Sue Rosser, a zoologist and director of Women’s Studies at the University of South Carolina, provides information and teaching techniques on how to attract women to the sciences. (75 min. 1992)
Indigenous Holy Lands and Sustainability in North America
Winona LaDuke, guest speaker. 2005 Howard B. Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecture. 12/06/05
Influences of the Invisible
Shot in South India, Influences of the Invisible explores the significance of mythology and tradition in the collective psyche of women in India. It examines the fusion of visible realities and conceptual ideals. Interwoven with casual interviews and candid observations, Influences of the Invisible provides a cultural perspective of women and their issues and context in modern India. (29 min. 1997)
Integrating American Women’s History: Avoiding Race and Sex Segregation
An on-campus lecture by Jacqueline Jones, a Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University. Jones, the author of Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present, among other works, discusses recent works in American historiography and how these works contribute to a curriculum transformation that allows for a more inclusive historical canon. (75 min. 1993)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the KinderTransport
This Academy Award-winning documentary (produced with the cooperation of the United States Holocaust Museum) chronicles one of the lesser-known stories of the Holocaust: that of the KinderTransport, which saved the lives of 10,000 Jewish children. IN the late 1930s, England agreed to accept these children seeking refuge from Nazi oppression. They were placed in foster homes and hostels. Narrated by Dame Judi Dench and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris (who received an Oscar for his 1997 Holocaust documentary The Long Way Home), this devastating and deeply moving film bears witness to the kindness of these “simply wonderful people” and to the resilience of the kinder, now elderly, who recall in haunting stories the unimaginable grief of being suddenly torn from their parents, the trauma of not knowing whether they would ever see them again, and the difficulties some faced in their new homes.
Into The Woods: Maine Women Workers Now and in the Past
Spring 2005 WIC/WST Lunch Series with Vivianne Holmes, Julia Hunter and Pauleena MacDougall. 3-15-05.
Massoumeh Soltan Baloghie is the first woman long-distance bus driver in Iran and perhaps in the Islamic world. Iraqi filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi joins this extraordinary woman on her 22-hour, 5,000-kilometer trip from Tehran to Bandar Abbas, talking with her passengers , her family and people en route to learn more about her remarkable story. These casual conversations strikingly reveal the overwhelming sense of expectation Iranians express about the possibility of change in their country, and the relationship between traditional and modern life, city and country side, sacred and secular. A gentle and richly textured documentary, Iranian Journey thoughtfully explores the lives and roles of women at a time of transition,. A film by Maysoon Pachachi, 1999, 54 minutes.
Irezumi (Spirit of Tattoo)
Urged by her lover to experience the art of tattooing (or, to be more accurate, of being tattooed), a Japanese woman has her back “decorated”. This becomes part of “an experience of sensual awakening and liberation, the pleasure and pain of transformation, a mystery of obsession.” In Japanese with English subtitles. (88 min. 1983)
Iron Jawed Angels
Taking a fresh and contemporary look at a pivotal event in American history, Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activist Alice Paul (Hilary Swank), and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor) took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. (2004, DVD & VHS, Color, 124 Minutes)
Iroquois Corn in a Culture-Based Curriculum: A Framework for Teaching about Cultures Respectfully
An on-campus lecture by Carol Cornelius, Area Manager of the Oneida Cultural Heritage Center and former director of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Part of the Multicultural Women’s Studies Institute. (90 minutes, 1998)
Is Feminism Dead?
Years after the women’s movement burst open doors of opportunity that had long been barred, a new generation of women seems to be questioning the meaning and the value of the battles fought by their mothers and grandmothers. Has feminism somehow gone out of style? In this program Patricia Ireland, of Now; Phyllis Schlafly, of the Eagle Forum; Ellen Goodman, of the Boson Glob; Dr. Bell Hooks, of CUNY’s English Department; Dr. Tessie Liu, of Northwestern University’s History and Gender Identity Departments; and Dr. Marhta Wharton, of Ohio State University’s Departments of African-American Studies and Women’s Studies, appraise the women’s movement as it currently exists and discuss its relevance in today’s cultural climate. (29 minutes, 2000)
Is that Your Mom? A Qualitative Investigation of White Mothers and Nonwhite Children
WIC/WST Spring 2004 Lunch Series with Tracy L. Robinson. 4-21-04.
Islamic Conversations: Women and Islam
Leila Ahmed, Professor of Women’s Studies at Amherst College, argues the case for revision of the widely held views in the Islamic world about the role of women, using examples from history and the role played by women in the contemporary world. She explains the origin of the veil and discusses the issue of marriage and women’s rights within marriage. (30 min. 1994)
Issues for Women Composers in North America
WIC Luncheon lecture presented by Luisa Vilar, Dean of Arts, Universidad de las Americas, Mexico, Laura Artesani, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Music Coordinator for the School of Performing Arts, Ginger Hwalek, Instructor in Music, and Beth Wiemann, Assistant Professor of Music. (2002)
“It’s the People Who are Under the Heel Who Have to Lead”:
Ella Baker and Working Class Black Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. Barbara Ransby, WIC Lunch Series, 2/19/04.
I’ve Known Rivers
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot as part of the Harvard Educational Forum. Lightfoot discusses I’ve Known Rivers, her book about race, culture, family, and religion. (75 min. 1994)