MCC Women’s Film Library

funded by proceeds from the annual Women's Film Festival

the current collection of women's films
Title Description Creator Released
Africa Rising Beautifully directed by Emmy Award® winner Paula Heredia and produced by Equality Now, AFRICA RISING travels through remote villages in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Somalia and Tanzania. Weaving together dynamic footage and the poignant stories of girls personally affected by FGM, it shows how African women and men are putting an end to this human rights violation. Convincing circumcisers to lay down their knives, engaging the police to implement the law, and honing leadership skills in girls, these determined activists have been working tirelessly for years to conceptualize their campaign. A film by Paula Heredia, Produced by Equality Now 2009
Against My Will Every year thousands of women in Pakistan are beaten, set on fire, and murdered by their husbands or their husbands’ families. Against My Will is a documentary of survival and the much-needed government intervention that is now taking place. Ayfer Ergün 2002
Be Fruitful and Multiply

How does it feel to have been pregnant or breastfeeding for most of your married life? This is one among many questions posed frankly in Be Fruitful and Multiply, which exposes the consequences of the biblical commandment—the mother of all Mitzvot—upon ultra-orthodox Jewish women, for whom life is a continuing cycle of pregnancy, childbirth, nursing and nurturing.

Shosh Shlam 2005
Breasts Twenty-two women, ages 6 to 84-years-old, discuss how breasts play a crucial role in the experiences of puberty, motherhood, sex, health, and aging. Meema Spadola 1997
Chain of Love The demand for domestic help is increasing in the West, because in many families both parents must work for economic survival. One consequence is migration: escalating numbers of women in the Third World are leaving their own children to take care of kids in the West. Chain of Love is a film about the Philippines' second largest export product—maternal love—and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West. Marije Meerman 2001
Clara Lemlich: A Strike Leader’s Diary Clara Lemlich, a fledgling union organizer, launched the 'Uprising of the 20,000,' when garment workers walked out of shops all over New York City, effectively bringing production to a halt. Alex Szalat 2005
Gorgeous Follow Hermoine, the Modern Girl, as she tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia to cope with feeling inadequate in a society that glorifies physical appearance. Kaz Cooke 1994
Made Over in America Made Over in America shows how people perceive body image and how desires for a better self are influenced by reality television and the makeover industry. Waystone Productions 2007
Our House: a Very Real Documentary about Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents Our House takes you into the homes and lives of five gay and lesbian couples as they face the challenges of raising children in an intolerant and largely heterosexual society. Meema Spadola 2000
Saudi Solutions Saudi Solutions tries to understand what it means to be a modern woman in a country steeped in religion. The film offers an encouraging look at the way women’s roles are changing dramatically in one of the most closed and conservative Muslim societies in the world. Van der Haak, Bregtje M. 2006
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo The inspiration for a U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of conflict, this Emmy-nominated film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence surrounding sexual violence. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically raped and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. Filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, a survivor of gang rape herself, travels through the DRC to understand why. Lisa F. Jackson 2007
The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: The Hottentot Venus The fascinating story of a Khoi Khoi woman who was taken from South Africa and then exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and idea of "The Hottentot Venus" swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. Zola Maseko 1999
The Women’s Kingdom The last-known functioning matriarchy, Mosuo women control their own finances and do not marry or live with partners. They practice what they call "walking marriage." A man may be invited into a woman’s hut to spend a "sweet night," but must leave by daybreak. This finely wrought film is a sensitive portrayal of extraordinary women struggling to hold on to their extraordinary society. Xiaoli Zhou 2006

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