Documentaries We Love

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It’s a Girl

“The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives and of mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.”

Also here is the director of the documentary giving a Ted Talk on the subject.

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The Invisible War

An Oscar nominated look at the epidemic of sexual assault within the U.S. military.

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After Tiller

“Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are only four doctors left in the U.S. who provide third trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex and compassionate portrait of these physicians who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement. Daily they risk they lives for their patients doing work that many consider murder.”

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Half The Sky (Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide)

A four-hour series shot in ten countries introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable and fighting bravely to change them. With the film’s reporter and some A-list celebrities advocates the series reflects on some viable and sustainable options for empowerment and blueprints for transformation. Half The Sky is also a movement working with global NGOs and partners to fight the oppression of women and girls globally on issues like maternal mortality, gender based violence, girls education, sex trafficking, FGM and economic empowerment. The website and book are full of information and ways to get involved.

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The Punk Singer

A look back at the story of Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the feminist punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre.

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Dark Girls

“A critically acclaimed documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin colour particularly dark-skinned women both outside of and within the Black Culture.”

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No Woman No Cry

As part of the Every Mother Counts initiative former supermodel and photographer Christy Turlington Burns directs this thought provoking documentary in conjunction with Planned Parenthood. Pregnancy is a death sentence for more than half a million women and girls worldwide every year. Deaths that are preventable with access to even the most basic of health care. This documentary focuses on the individual stories behind the statistics.

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Missrepresentation

Exploring how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership as well as the media’s selling of the idea that girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality.

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Girl Rising

Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. This documentary follows nine young girls from around the world and their journeys and relationships with education.

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Hot Girls Wanted

Sundance film festival winner and massive eye-opener the documentary describes itself as a film about “porn, the internet and the girl next door”. Investigating for the first time the realities of the “amateur” porn world and the revolving door of 18/19-year-old girls entering into it.

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Audrie & Daisy

This documentary takes a hard look at teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control. Deeply troubled by the frequency of sexual assaults in high schools across the country and even more shocked by the photos and videos of these crimes posted online, almost as trophies, the makers of this documentary are exploring the online forum as a new public sphere of shame and humiliation for adolescents.

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Advanced Style

Starting life as a blog (and now a book and social media phenomenon) Advanced style explores women over 50 and their relationships with fashion and style. Creator Ari Seth Cohen celebrates people who “live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” A refreshing a fun look at women who refuse to be ignored as society begins to see ageing women as invisible. The documentary also features one of The Minefield’s favourite ladies Iris Apfel.

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Beyond Clueless

“From “The Craft” to “Mean Girls” filmmaker Charlie Lyne reflects on adolescent angst, friendship and sexuality in a decade of teen movies.”

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Grey Gardens

Hailed as one of the top ten documentaries ever made by the International Documentary Association (and we kind of agree!) Grey Gardens is an insight into the lives of Big Edie and Little Edie, eccentric mother and daughter duo and aunt and cousin to Jackie Kennedy and her sister. Famed filmmakers the Maysles brothers show us the Edies warts and all in the crumbling East Hamptons mansion they share with fleas, racoons and hundreds of cats. There was also a film version of the Grey Gardens story featuring Drew Barrymore which whilst good isn’t a patch on the ladies themselves.

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Iris

Acclaimed documentary maker Albert Maysles (one half of the brothers that made Grey Gardens) focuses on a fashion legend, who at 93 is still at the top of her game, choosing dresses, advising models and haggling with buyers. Pre-dating the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of her vast collections Iris looks back over the life and loves of her textile career and collecting history.

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The Hunting Ground

Emmy and Oscar nominated this ground breaking documentary focusses on the epidemic of sexual assaults at U.S. colleges. Combining recollections of victims with disturbing statistics The Hunting Ground demonstrates the depth of the cover-up of rape and assault by major universities, as well as the horrendous mistreatment of victims and the protection of their assailants. It also focuses on the positive network of support victims have created across the U.S. in their tireless pursuit of legal and emotional justice.

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

“This documentary resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality and in the process created a world-wide revolution. “

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Women Art Revolution

“Through intimate interviews, art and rarely seen archival footage the documentary reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our time.”

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Sexy Baby

“Sexy Baby is the first documentary film to put faces to a seismic cultural shift: the cyber age is creating a new sexual landscape.”

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The Artist Is Present

A look back over the life and works of the artist Marina Abramovic as she prepares for her first major retrospective at New York’s MOMA. This is moving and powerful documentary that we highly recommend.

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What Happened Miss Simone?

“Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.”

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