Gender Studies

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Women and Gender studies has transformed from a fringe political position to a central tenet of modern academic study. These films showcase some of the conflicts that preoccupy gender theory today.

Gender Studies Collection

  • #chicagoGirl | Director: Joe Piscatella  
    Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    From her childhood bedroom in suburban Chicago, Ala’a, a 19-year-old American girl coordinates the revolution in Syria.
    Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and cameraphones, she helps her social network "on the ground" in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to show the world the human rights atrocities of a dictator. But just because the world can see the violence doesn’t mean the world can help. As the revolution rages on, everyone in the network must decide what is the most effective way to fight a dictator: social media or AK-47s.
  • Trapped | Director: Dawn Porter  
    Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: USA | Language: (with full English subtitles available)

    U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America.
    Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn't be any higher. As the battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
  • CODE | Director: Robin Hauser Reynolds  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    CODE exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap, raising the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities in the tech industry, and how do we get there?
    Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA.
  • The Hunting Ground | Director: Kirby Dick  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.
    Weaving together verite footage and first-person testimonials, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and legal justice, despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.
  • Girl Rising | Director: 10×10  
    Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    GIRL RISING journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors (including Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek) give them voice.
  • Leaving Africa | Director: Iiris Harma  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Finland | Language: English, Finnish, Luganda (with full English subtitles available)

    Finnish doctor Riitta has been working in Uganda for more than 25 years. Together with her Ugandan friend Catherine, she brings sex education to Ugandan villages, challenging priests, imams, women and their husbands to discussions on women's rights to their bodies, sexuality and life. In ultra-conservative Uganda, this soon leads to serious complications, jeopardizing their entire life's work. This is a film about the quest for gender equality in Africa and the world's greatest challenge - mitigating the population explosion.
  • Ukraine Is Not a Brothel | Director: Kitty Green  
    Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Australia | Language: Russian, Ukrainian (with full English subtitles available)

    Ukraine's topless feminist sensation, Femen, has stirred up a press frenzy across Europe. Femen bare their breasts to protest the international perception of Ukrainian women as either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism. With a first-time intimate glimpse into the world's most provocative feminist organization, we see how Femen fight their naked war against patriarchy. However, before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must first confront the perverse and contradictory forces that power their own "titillating" organisation.
  • Before the Last Curtain Falls | Director: Thomas Wallner  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Belgium, Germany | Language: English, French (with full English subtitles available)

    Belgian choreographer Alain Platel asked a number of older drag queens and trans cabaret artists to perform onstage one last time in his piece Gardenia, which became a global success.
    The film intercuts shots from Gardenia with interviews in which these performers talk about the choices they made, going against the grain of conventions in order to become themselves. The contrast between their outrageous performances and their vulnerability offers unsettling but multifaceted insight into these remarkable individuals.
  • In Bed with the Arab Spring
    In Bed with the Arab Spring | Director: Paul Moreira  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: France | Language: Arabic, English, French (with full English subtitles available)

    Women played a major role in the revolutions that swept across the Middle East, some even becoming icons of the new opportunities that surfaced when the older, oppresive regimes were overthrown. However, the days of the Arab Spring also marked a shocking and unchecked surge in sexual harassment cases suffered by women in Egypt. The region's fight for freedom created further opportunities for repression and sexual violence; crimes that continue to go unpunnished. Against this background, Islamic woman have come to represent the front line in a clash between secularism and traditionalism.
  • VULVA3.0
    Vulva 3.0, Between Taboo and Fine Tuning | Director: Claudia Richarz   Ulrike Zimmermann  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Germany | Language: German (with full English subtitles available)

    The world around us constantly puts naked women and their genitalia on display. But many women are still deeply prudish when it comes to the relationship with their own body. VULVA 3.0 looks at sex education and censorship, the airbrushing of ‘misshapen’ labia in pornographic images, the cosmetic genital surgery and the work of activists against female genital mutilation – and in doing so celebrate the diversity of the female body.
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