This Women’s History Month, celebrate and discover new perspectives on women’s history with POV films by and about women. Here are five POV films to start a dialogue around women’s history in your community:
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs | Grace was a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. Pick a book (or excerpt of a book) from The Essential Grace Lee Boggs Reading List, then meet Grace in American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs and discuss the reading with Grace’s philosophy in mind. Screen the film | Download the lesson plan
After Tiller | After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas — and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. POV’s After Tiller discussion guide is designed for individuals and organizations who want to use the film as a conversation-starter and made with the belief that dialogue is critical in the context of the frequently heated debate over abortion and women’s rights. Screen the film | Download the lesson plan
Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador) | Two women matadors in Spain have a passion for bullfighting and are determined to pursue their dreams. What is it like for women to enter into this male-dominated arena? Screen the film | Download the lesson plan
Georgie Girl | What are the chances that a former prostitute of Maori descent could be elected a Member of the Parliament of New Zealand? Or of any parliament in the world? What if that person were also transgender? The odds may seem insurmountable, but such is the exhilarating story of Georgina Beyer as told in Georgie Girl. Screen the film | Download the discussion guide
Browse the lending library for a full list of available films on women and women’s history. Have an idea and looking for resources? Follow us on Twitter @povengage and tweet us your idea! How are you planning to engage your community around women’s history?