Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman." The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
An essential documentary about the birth of the women's liberation movement. Beginning in the late 1960s, featuring never-seen before archival footage and new interviews She's Beautiful When She's Angry tells the story of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century, bringing to light the efforts of lesser-known activists, including the Boston authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves , the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, and grassroots organizations across the country who played a pivotal role in the struggle.
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
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. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.
Defining Sexual Assault Series
Defines terminology including sexual assault, sexual violence, rape culture, and consent. Defines who is able and unable to legally give consent. Gives statistics for who is at the greatest risk for sexual assault, who is likely to be a perpetrator of sexual assault, and which groups of people underreport sexual assault. Hear stories of sexual assault as told by survivors.
Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one ofEthiopia's oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women's legal-aid practice to save Hirut's life.
The E-Word: Ebonics, Race and Language Politics
This documentary critically considers the Oakland Unified Schools' 1996 “Ebonics Resolution.” Building on the success of local instructional programming, the Resolution sought to improve African-American student performance by acknowledging African American linguistic patterns and improving “the English acquisition and application skills of African-American students.” Through the use of archival footage and contemporary interviews with scholars, educational policymakers and leaders and students who were directly involved with the Resolution, the documentary pursues a coherent and comprehensive engagement of Ebonics.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur... and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day-or no particular reason-they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then-for no particular reason-they decided to go ... someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not!
GTFO: A Film About Women in Gaming
Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, females are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse from other gamers, and are massively under-represented in the video game design world. Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO examines the female experience in gaming and begins a larger conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.
The Hunting Ground
THE HUNTING GROUND takes audiences straight to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover—ups sweeping college campuses across America. The team behind the Oscar—nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR presents a scorching expose of the startling prevalence of sexual assault at US institutions of higher learning. In raw and emotional interviews, survivors and their families share real—life horror stories that have become all too common. Those brave enough to report the crimes face disbelief, apathy, victim-blaming, harassment and retaliation from both their fellow students and the administrators who are charged with protecting them.
THE HUNTING GROUND weaves in two courageous survivors who are shining a spotlight on the alarming trend of universities and colleges to downplay and deny sexual assaults on their campuses. As they strike back using an innovative legal strategy, they gain momentum to inspire justice in the process.
Ni Aqui, Ni Alla
NI AQUI, NI ALLA illuminates the challenges facing an undocumented college student and her family. Blanca, a second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, crossed the border from Mexico into the United States with her parents when she was a child. As a student under the California DREAM Act who possess DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Blanca qualifies for financial aid and has temporary protection from deportation, though her undocumented parents, who live and work in California's agricultural Central Valley, do not. NI AQUI, NI ALLA paints an intimate portrait of an undocumented family as they support each other during a turning point in their lives and stay together through the distance. At a time in this country’s history where the debate around immigration is highly contested and demands to close the border are in the daily news, NEITHER HERE, NOR THERE paints a very human face on an issue that many use simply as partisan, political fodder.
From Emmy®-nominated IN THE FAMILY filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. ON BEAUTY follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty.
At the center of ON BEAUTY are two of Rick's photo subjects: Sarah and Jayne. In eighth grade Sarah left public school because she was bullied so harshly for the birthmark on her face and brain. Jayne lives with albinism in Eastern Africa where society is blind to her unique health and safety needs and where witch doctors hunt people with her condition to sell their body parts. We follow Rick as he uses his lens to challenge convention and media’s narrow scope of with the help of two extraordinary women.
The Starfish Throwers
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.
Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Mr. Law battles personal health issues as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis.
This documentary tells the tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions.
States of Grace
The profound transformation of a Bay Area family lies at the heart of this story about resilience and the healing power of community and spiritual practice. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy (Fu) Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina.
Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities in the wake of Grace’s accident. Through intimate verité footage and interviews with doctors, family, and friends, States of Grace paints an inspiring portrait of devotion and trust as it delicately documents one woman’s fight to reinvent herself.
Imagine seeing someone on YouTube who looks just like you. After some digging on Facebook, you find out this person lives on the other side of the world but was born on your birthday. Could there be another YOU out there? That's how French adoptee Anaïs Bordier met American adoptee Samantha Futerman.
Captured on camera as it happened and made into an award-winning documentary, Twinsters tells a remarkable true story of identity and journey into sisterhood. Raised on different continents—with no idea the other existed—and connected 25 years later through social media, Samantha and Anaïs discover that they are identical twin sisters separated at birth.
The unforgettable and critically acclaimed Twinsters will move and inspire you to consider the meaning of family in all of its forms, and inspire you with the infinite possibility of what life-changing connection might be waiting for you.
Neuroscience: Understanding the Brain
This incredible five part series, Neuroscience: Understanding the Brain, investigates the last and greatest frontier of science, the astonishing world of the human brain.
In the 21st Century, the field of neuroscience is drawing the best and brightest from computer science, medicine, engineering, psychology, biology, genetics and ethics to study the human brain. Featuring in-depth interviews and demonstrations with neuroscientists from the country's top institutions, including MIT, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Washington University, this incredible five part series, Neuroscience: Understanding the Brain, investigates the last and greatest frontier challenging humanity's understanding of our world - the human brain.
Vaping: More Dangerous Than You Think
This video and print curriculum addresses the new craze of vaping drugs (nicotine, alcohol, liquid marijuana and others). Through interviews with teen users and medical professionals, this program clearly demonstrates the serious health risks of vaping, including drug overdose, instant high or drunk, alcohol poisoning, and impaired thinking and decision making. Explains that vaping delivers an unknown dose of drugs or alcohol directly to the brain. Vaping nicotine carries the additional risk of accidental swallowing of liquid nicotine which has put hundreds of teens into ERs. Vaping pens make it easy to disguise marijuana use because there is little or no odor.
Video Bridge: Why We Drop Out
In this video-mediated dialogue, seven students in rural Massachusetts discuss factors that led them to drop out of high school. A video of their intimate conversation is then shown to teachers, counselors, and administrators, whose reactions and responses are filmed and shown back to the students. This unique process allows participants on each level of the educational ladder to contribute to a personal and structural understanding of the many factors that derail students from graduating, such as getting held back, confrontation at school, trauma from bullying, and problems at home. The participants generate a number of solutions-based strategies, as each person has the space to be heard, to listen, and to respond. This Video Bridge and Screening Guide provide a springboard for further dialogue and problem solving in classrooms, schools, and districts across the country—particularly in rural areas—about how to help students succeed in finishing high school.
UnSlut: A Documentary
UnSlut: A Documentary Film features conversations with those who have experienced sexual shaming, including the family and friends of Rehtaeh Parsons. We also spoke with Samantha Gailey Geimer, who was publicly shamed by the media after being sexually assaulted by director Roman Polanski at the age of thirteen in 1977; Gina Tron, who wrote about her experience being shamed out of pursuing charges against a serial rapist in Brooklyn, New York; N'Jaila Rhee, who coped with her sexual assault and the subsequent loss of support from her family and church by reclaiming her sexuality as a "cam girl"; and Allyson Pereira, who was ostracized in her New Jersey town after texting a photo of her breasts to an ex-boyfriend.
Through interviews with sexuality experts, advocates, and media figures, UnSlut: A Documentary Film explores the causes and manifestations of sexual shaming in North America and offers immediate and long-term goals for personal, local, and institutional solutions.