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Women’s Studies Films

We’ve scoured the resources available to Colgate students like you, and we’ve found some of the most interesting films related to women’s studies. Check out these films before you graduate!
The Hours (2002, 1 hr 54 min)
Available via: Case Geyer reserves
In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel 'Mrs. Dalloway' while under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.
Iron Jawed Angels (2004, 2 hr 3 min)
Available via: Case Geyer reserves
The dramatized story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, leaders of the suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. They broke from the mainstream women's rights movement to create a more activist wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920.
No Dumb Questions (2001, 24 min)
Available via: Case Geyer reserves
Follows three sisters, aged 6, 9 and 11, as they struggle to understand why and how Uncle Bill is becoming Aunt Barbara.
Not For Ourselves Alone (1999, 3 hr 30 min, 3 tapes)
Available via: Case Geyer reserves
The story of the friendship between Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony and their shared belief that equality was the birthright of every woman.
The Shape of Water (2006, 1 hr 10 min)
Available via: Case Geyer reserves
Follows the efforts of women political activists in four developing countries (Brazil, India, Israel & Senegal) to effect positive change.
The Education of Shelby Knox (2005, 1 hr 16 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
A 15-year-old girl's transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas. (Source: imdb)
A Walk to Beautiful (2007, 1 hr 25 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
A Walk to Beautiful tells the story of five women in Ethiopia suffering from devastating childbirth injuries. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. (imdb)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007, 1 hr 53 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Drama about a woman who assists her friend to arrange an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania. (Source: imdb)
Sin By Silence (2009, 2 hr)
Available via: ConnectNY
SIN BY SILENCE offers a unique gateway into the lives of domestic violence’s living worst-case scenarios...women who have killed their abusers. (Source: imdb)
V-Day: Until the Violence Stops (2003, 1 hr 13 min)
Available via: ConnectNY
It follows events marking 2002 V-Day — a grassroots movement inspired by Eve Ensler's 1996 play The Vagina Monologues. The film focuses on V-Day activities in the United States, Kenya, Croatia and the Philippines. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Greatest Silence: Rape In The Congo (2008, 1 hr 16 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR Collection
The film tells of the treatment of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, focusing on the systematic use of sexual violence as a tool of war.
The Accused (1988, 1 hr 51 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Based on the real-life gang rape of Cheryl Araujo that occurred at Big Dan's Bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on March 6, 1983, this film was one of the first Hollywood films to deal with rape in a direct manner.
All About My Mother (1999, 1 hr 41 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, transvestitism, faith, and existentialism.
Not Yet Rain (2009, 23 min)
Available via: Center for Women's Studies
Not Yet Rain, a short film by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell, produced in association with Ipas, explores abortion in Ethiopia through the voices of women who have faced the challenge of finding safe care. Through their stories, we see the important role that safe abortion care plays in the overall health of women and their families.
Miss Representation (2011, 1 hr 30 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Explores how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's portrayals of women — From container (Source: Colgate University Libraries)
Miss Navajo (2007, 1 hr)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Follows Crystal Frazier as she competes in the Miss Navajo contest, where, in addition to the qualities of typical beauty pagents, young women must answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving, and sheep butchering. (Source: Colgate University Libraries)
Taking Root (2008, 1 hr 20 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Tells the story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy — a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. (Source: Colgate University Libraries)
Regret to Inform (2000, 1 hr 12 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Filmmaker, Barbara Sonneborn, makes a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war. (Source: Colgate University Libraries)
Daughters of the Dust (1991, 1 hr 53 mins)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
Story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century. (Source: Colgate University Libraries)
Whale Rider (2002, 1 hr 41 min)
Available via: Case Geyer LASR collection
When the male heir to the leadership of a small Maori village dies, his twin sister trains herself in the ancient customs, including riding a whale, in order to take his place. (Source: Colgate University Libraries)