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by Lucy Winer and Paula de Koenigsberg
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 26, 1988
Two filmmakers interview men in a witty montage of free-wheeling encounters. Pornographers, corporate executives, a funeral parlor director and Santa Claus are among those who reveal more than they intended. A surprisingly candid view of men's feelings towards women 15 years after the birth of the women's movement.
Girltalk
by Kate Davis
PBS Premiere Date: Nov. 15, 1989
Girltalk is Kate Davis' heartbreaking yet hopeful portrait of three runaway girls with histories of abuse and neglect. Music, humor, and intimate conversations play against the disturbing reality of these girls' lives.
Through the Wire
by Nina Rosenblum
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 26, 1990
In 1986, three women convicted of politically-motivated nonviolent offenses were transferred to a secret, subterranean prison where they were kept in constantly-lit near isolation, watched 24 hours a day and strip-searched routinely for nearly two years. The women were not imprisoned in Turkey or Iran or Chile, but in Lexington, Ky.
Metamorphosis
by Lisa Leeman
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 3, 1990
Gary, a 39 year-old successful animation artist and devout Christian, is pursuing a lifelong dream — to become a woman. Metamorphosis is a candid, non-sensational and sometimes humorous journey of nearly three years as Gary prepares physically and emotionally for sex reassignment surgery. Along the way, the film raises provocative questions about what really makes us men and women.
Tongues Untied
by Marlon Riggs
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 16, 1991
"Marlon Riggs's Tongues Untied rises above the 'deeply personal' — far above it — in exploring what it means to be black and gay."
Maria's Story
by Pamela Cohen and Monona Wali and Catherine M. Ryan
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 13, 1991
Filmmakers Pamela Cohen, Catherine Ryan and Monona Wali profile a female guerrilla leader in El Salvador's rebel army.
Casting The First Stone
by Julie Gustafson
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 3, 1991
Abortion has been at the center of one of the most dramatic and wrenching debates of our times. But the social forces and the changing lives behind the rhetoric are rarely explored. Julie Gustafson's groundbreaking film draws complex portraits of individuals on both sides of the controversy in a small town in Pennsylvania, where very different life experiences have shaped conflicting values and beliefs.
A Season in Hell
by Walter Brock and Stephen Roszell
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 20, 1992
A haunting portrait of a young woman who begins to starve herself in search of the "perfect" body. The film follows four years in the life of Regina Hatfield as she struggles with bulimia.
The Women Next Door
by Michal Aviad
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 1993
Personal perspectives on both sides of the camera are revealed when Michal Avaid, directing a three-woman Israeli/Palestinian film crew, travels throughout the West Bank to collect women's stories.
One Nation Under God
by Teodoro Maniaci and Francine Rzeznik
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 14, 1994
Can homosexuality be cured? From exorcisms to shock therapy, from Homosexuals Anonymous to beauty make-overs for lesbians, many have tried. While some of these methods may seem comical, filmmakers Teodoro Maniaci and Francine Rzeznik pose serious questions about who's asking gay men and lesbians to change and why.
Memories of Tata
by Sheldon Schiffer
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 28, 1994
Are machismo, infidelity and violence inseparable? In a tragically common family saga, Sheldon Schiffer reflects on his legacy and reexamines what it means to be a man.
The Heart of the Matter
by Gini Retickler and Amber Hollibaugh
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 12, 1994
This gripping story of one HIV-positive African American woman opens a window on understanding women's sexuality in the age of AIDS.
Dialogues With Madwomen
by Allie Light
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 2, 1994
Seven women, including the filmmaker, describe their experiences with manic depression, multiple personalities, schizophrenia, euphoria and recovery.
Leona's Sister Gerri
by Jane Gillooly
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 1, 1995
A provocative film about abortion.
Out of Sight
by David Sutherland
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 20, 1995
The unpredictable trials of blind horse-woman Diane Starin who wonders "if America is ready for a blind girl who isn't a goody two-shoes."
Home Economics
by Jenny Cool
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 18, 1995
Jenny Cool interviewed women in a suburban housing development outside Los Angeles, discovering a fragile lifestyle dominated by social pressures and the daily commuter grind.
A Litany For Survival
by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 18, 1996
Poet, lover, mother, warrior — Audre Lorde wrote passionately of love and anger, civil rights and sexuality, family politics and the glories of nature.
The Transformation
by Susana Aiken and Carlos Aparicio
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 9, 1996
Ricardo was once Sara, a homeless HIV positive transvestite, living in the underbelly of Manhattan. Today he is a churchgoing, married man, saved by a Dallas ministry.
Just For The Ride
by Amanda Micheli
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 23, 1996
The world of cowgirls and the rough and tumble of women's rodeo in the 1990s.
Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself
by Yvonne Welbon
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 30, 1996
Yvonne Welbon presents a witty and original coming-to-terms with race, culture and self. A six year stay in Taiwan transforms her understanding of what it means to be an African American and illuminates her connection to her Honduran-born grandmother.
Battle for the Minds
by Steven Lipscomb
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 10, 1997
While chronicling his mother's recent struggle to become a Southern Baptist pastor, filmmaker Steven Lipscomb uncovered a whirlwind of change and a rising tide of opposition to women as senior church leaders.
A Healthy Baby Girl
by Judith Helfand
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 17, 1997
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Battling personal grief, corporate power, and her mother's guilt, Helfand turns the camera on herself and her family to document her battle with DES-related cancer.
Girls Like Us
by Jane Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 22, 1997
This POV classic film offers a rare and disarming peek into the very real lives of teenage girls in South Philly in the early 1990s.
Barbie Nation
by Susan Stern
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 14, 1998
"Everybody has a Barbie story...but the stories are really about us," says reporter turned filmmaker Susan Stern as she rips the roof off Barbie's "Dreamhouse" and explores the history and fantasy behind this unlikely cultural icon.
Sacrifice
by Ellen Bruno
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 28, 1998
Burmese girls, lured into prostitution with promises of a better life for themselves and their families, give voice to their experiences in this poetic tribute to their struggles for survival.
She Shorts: Cuba 15
by Elizabeth Schub
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
One of a selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
She Shorts: Two or Three Things But Nothing For Sure
by Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane C. Wagner
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
One of a selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
She Shorts: Repetition Compulsion
by Ellie Lee
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
One of a selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
She Shorts (1998)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 4, 1998
A selection of hypnotically engaging short films by and about women offers vivid and lyrical pictures of joy, endurance and inspiration.
My American Girls
by Aaron Matthews
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 3, 2001
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 13, 2002
In vivid vérité detail, My American Girls: A Dominican Story captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Matthews' film captures the rewards — and costs — of pursuing the American dream.
True-Hearted Vixens
by Mylène Moreno
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 17, 2001
These women want to play professional football. Make that full contact, NFL-style, smash-mouth football.
5 Girls
by Maria Finitzo
PBS Premiere Date: Oct. 2, 2001
5 Girls presents a real-life portrait of growing up female today through the eyes of five thoughtful and articulate young women. Join Corrie, Toby, Amber, Aisha and Haibinh as they take us on a journey through their teenage years.
Georgie Girl
by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 20, 2003
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What are the chances that a former prostitute could be elected a Member of the Parliament of New Zealand by a conservative, rural district? What if that person was also transgender? The odds may seem daunting, but Georgina Beyer did it.
Chisholm '72
by Shola Lynch
PBS Premiere Date: Feb. 7, 2005
In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to run for president. Her wit, spirit and charisma reminds all Americans of their power as citizens.
The Education of Shelby Knox
by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 21, 2005
A self-described "good Southern Baptist girl," 15-year-old Texan Shelby Knox becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex education.
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by Jesse Epstein
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 18, 2009
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Go behind the scenes at the Patina V Mannequin Factory in City of Industry, Calif., of the artistry, craft and marketing that go into creating "the ideal woman of the moment" — in plastic.
Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador)
by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 1, 2009
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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?
Bronx Princess
by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 22, 2009
Rocky Otoo is the sassy teenage daughter of Ghanaian parents. After she rebels against her mother's rule in the Bronx, she flees to her father, a chief in Ghana.
Steam of Life
by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 2, 2011
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 16, 2012
In Finland, the sauna is a national obsession - a place to come together and sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also grief, hopes, joys and memories.
Flawed
by Andrea Dorfman
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
The story of a long-distance relationship with a man whose profession — plastic surgery — gives the woman plenty of fodder.
POV Short Cuts (2011)
by Various
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 23, 2011
A one-hour collection of documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers, including: Big Birding Day, Flawed, Miss Devine, No More Questions, Six Weeks and Tiffany.
The Light in Her Eyes
by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 19, 2012
Houda al-Habash, a conservative woman preacher in Damascus, Syria, calls girls to the practice of Islam, teaching them that pursuing their ambitions is a way of worshipping God.
Girl Model
by A. Sabin and David Redmon
PBS Premiere Date: Mar. 24, 2013
The provocative film is a lyrical exploration of youth, beauty and ambition, seen through the eyes of a conflicted American modeling scout and the 13-year-old girl she discovers.
The World Before Her
by Nisha Pahuja
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 16, 2013
The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.
Out in the Night
by blair dorosh-walther
PBS Premiere Date: Jun. 22, 2015
A moving account of four women sensationalized by the media as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians" reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).
Tea Time
by Maite Alberdi
PBS Premiere Date: Jul. 27, 2015
A charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped five Chilean women commemorate life's joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.Official Selection of the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
Point and Shoot
by Marshall Curry
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 24, 2015
In 2006, Matt VanDyke left his home in search of a "crash course in manhood" and ended up amidst a revolution in the Middle East. A co-production of Marshall Curry Productions, American Documentary | POV and ITVS. Winner, Best Documentary Feature Award, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Storm Makers
by Guillaume Suon
PBS Premiere Date: Aug. 31, 2015
An eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels human trafficking in Cambodia.
Cutie and the Boxer
by Zachary Heinzerling
PBS Premiere Date: Sep. 18, 2015
An Oscar®-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.Winner, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.