Videos / DVDs / Films
2014 New Releases, Women Make Movies – for 2014 we are honored to bring you a diverse and powerful collection of films from filmmakers around the globe! Some highlights include 2013 Academy Award® nominee for Best Short Documentary, Kings Point, a bittersweet look at aging in America; I Am a Girl, an inspirational exploration of what it means to grow up female in the 21st century; The Supreme Price, a riveting political thriller about human rights in Nigeria; and a new collection of films chronicling often unheard angles from the 1960's and 70's during the Second Wave of the Women's Movement. When you purchase a film from WMM, you are helping women directors by supporting their roles as worldwide change-makers and ensuring the production of more feminist film. We are committed to supporting our filmmakers and we return 30-40% of all revenue to them annually,
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After Tiller, Artemis Media Ventures and Belle Max Productions, 2013 – intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique look at one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way.
Asking for It: The Ethics & Erotics of Sexual Consent (DVD), The Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA: 2010.
Bird with a Broken Wing – based upon the true story of Janelle Lisa Cruz, the last known victim of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (or Golden State Killer); California's worst (and still uncaught) serial killer/sex offender.
The film will chronicle her life, as well as the killer's crimes as they continue to move a step closer to meeting that fateful night.
The film is based on my own extensive research and interviews with the family members that I've conducted over the last four years, which has now led to the FBI to carefully look at a few suspects a bit more closely. Written and directed by Cameron Cloutier.
Boys and Men Healing (with Spanish and English subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing impaired) – a documentary about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects. The film portrays stories of three courageous non-offending men whose arduous healing helped them reclaim their lives ~ while giving them a powerful voice to speak out, and take bold action toward prevention for other boys. The film includes a support group of men and is testimony to the importance of men finding safe places to support one another and share their stories together. The film was produced in association with the International Documentary Association.
Brave Miss World – tells the true story of 18-year-old former Miss World Linor Abargil, who was abducted and raped just prior to the pageant, and her fight to heal and seek justice. It explores how the rape affected not only her, but her family and friends; and looks at the coping mechanisms she uses to overcome her trauma. Ultimately uplifting, the documentary includes stories of domestic rape, campus rape, rape with the use of drugs, a male survivor’s story, and more, as Linor takes viewers through her inspiring journey from teenage victim to empowered survivor, lawyer and advocate.
A Few Weeks Before She Was Crowned 'Miss World,' She Was Raped. But This Isn't Just Her Story. (video), Carly Gillis, Upworthy.
"Breaking Out of The Man Box" (DVD and workbook), A Call To Men, New York, NY.
The Bully Project – feature-length documentary that follows "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis, and offers an intimate look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families. With the film at its center, The Bully Project is a grassroots movement to educate and empower kids, parents, teachers and all school staff, to build stronger communities where empathy and respect rule. We are building an alliance to turn the tide on bullying. Are you with us?
Chaplains Under Fire – a documentary that examines the lives and work of military chaplains and the Church-State tensions at the heart of chaplaincy. It is independently produced by IHSY, LLC.
Crime After Crime – "In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair of rookie land-use attorneys convinced that with the incontrovertible evidence that existed, they could free Deborah in a matter of months. What they didn't know was the depth of corruption and politically driven resistance they'd encounter, sending them down a nightmarish, bureaucratic rabbit hole of injustice. The outrageous twists and turns in this consummately crafted saga are enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, the spirit, fortitude, and love all three characters marshal in the face of this wrenching marathon is nothing short of miraculous.", excerpt from the Sundance Film Festival Catalog. See Home Viewing & Community Action Guide.
Dating Violence: Twisted Love (click on "Topics" and select "Dating Violence: Twisted Love") – It may shock you to know that 3 out of every 10 teens have experienced violence in their dating relationships. It's an ugly truth that a large number of young adults are living in a twisted reality, where love and pain go hand in hand. It's rarely discussed but it's happening everywhere. In cities and in small towns, violence and abuse crosses all age, race and economic boundaries. In "Twisted Love: Dating Violence Exposed," Neve Campbell from the "Scream" movies and "Party of Five" joins In the Mix host Julio to expose and examine this crucial issue.
A Death in St. Augustine, FRONTLINE, in partnership with The New York Times – what happens when police face the possibility of domestic violence within their ranks?, November 26, 2013.
Defending Our Lives, Cambridge Documentary Films – an Oscar-winning documentary about the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This film features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies, Cambridge, MA.
DNA: Critical Issues for Those Who Work with Victims, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC: April 2007.
Family Affair, C-Line Films – filmmaker Chico Colvard, ruptures veils of secrecy and unspeakable realities as he attempts to understand how his sisters survived severe childhood abuse by their father. These invincible women paint a picture of their harrowing girlhoods, the nature of forgiveness and eternal longing for family and love, 2010.
Fictional Movies with Domestic Violence Themes, compiled by Nancy Flanakin, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Austin, TX: April 2007.
Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA: 2007.
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, Lisa F. Jackson, Jackson Films – since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over 4 million people have died. And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo these brave women finally speak. Order.
Heroes Behind the Badge, Modern City Entertainment, 2012 – features some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the live and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This inspiring document changes the way we look at the men and women of law enforcement and highlights the unselfish acts of bravery they commit each day in the line of duty. its stories are powerful, emotional, insightful and educational. Thanks to our partnership with National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, active duty police offices, retired officers and family members of the fallen, audiences experience what it's really like to walk the thin blue line. Order.
Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival, Modern City Entertainment, November 2013 – produced in partnership with Craig Floyd and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the second installment of this powerful documentary series takes place in various corners of America and follows the stories of two officers who paid the ultimate price, as well as the stories of three severely injured officers who are now battling through the painstaking process of recovery. The film also takes viewers to New York City’s 9/11 Memorial site, where many officers perished on that fateful day in 2001, and to National Police Week in Washington, DC, where the fallen are honored each year.
Directed by British Academy Award winning filmmaker Wayne Derrick, and narrated by Law & Order's Vincent D'Onofrio, this highly anticipated follow-up documentary to the original Heroes Behind The Badge film is a tribute to the heroes of law enforcement who have suffered through life-threatening injuries and are fighting their way back, and to those who are gone, but not forgotten. Watch trailer and order.
How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do, One in Four, New London, CT.
I Believe You – Faith's Response to Intimate Partner Violence, Diva Communications, Inc., New York, NY: January 2011.
The Invisible War, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering – a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today's a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands. Focusing on the powerfully emotionally stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crime against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officers and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.
Darkness Made Visible, Louise Farr, Written By (volume 16, issue 6), Writers Guild of America West, Los Angeles, CA: November / December 2012. Copyright © 2012 Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.
Documentary Screening: The Invisible War ~ Understanding Military Sexual Trauma (MST), National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in consultation with National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and NO MORE, March 2013.
Information about Military Sexual Assault Cases.
Kirby Dick's The Invisible War Exposes an Epidemic of Rape in the Military, Nicolas Rapold, The Village Voice, June 13, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Village Voice, LLC.
Sundance lifts lid on rape in US military, The Nation, January 26, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Nawaiwaqt Group of Newspapers.
Watch Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau on The Invisible War, October 4, 2012.
Watch the trailer.
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women, featuring Jean Kilbourne, Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA: 2000.
listen.violence, listenfilm.org – this series of films, titled listen., uses the raw talent of spoken word artists, not actors, to tell their true stories on screen. By focusing on social issues worthy of change, Producer / Director Jim Colletti, anticipates this series to include stories of violence, guns, bullying and abuse. The first in the series, listen.violence, focuses on domestic violence, an issue that Colletti says "needs to be continually brought out of the shadows so that we can all be accountable and continue to make change happen." View trailer.
Love – All That and More: A Video Series and Six Session Curriculum on Healthy Relationships, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA: 2000.
Makers: Women Who Make America – tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. Read Blog.
A Matter of Conscience: Confronting Clergy Abuse, Susan and John Michalczyk, 2014. This is the sequel to Who Take Away the Sins: Witnesses to Clergy Abuse, 2013.
Documenting Catholic pain, Cambodia's gain, Loren King, The Boston Globe, September 28, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC.
A Matter of Conscience: Confronting Clergy Abuse; Why We Produced This New Documentary Film, Susan A. Michalczyk and John J. Michalczyk, Why I Wrote This Book, September 3, 2014.
New Michalczyk Documentary on Clergy Abuse Scandal at the MFA, Gjergji Evangjeli, The Torch, October 22, 2014.
The Men's Story Project; Out Loud! / Proyecto Historias de Hombres: ¡En Voz Alta!, created, produced and directed by Josie Lehrer – the production highlights diverse Chilean men -- celebrities, community leaders, and first-time presenters -- sharing personal stories with unusual candor before a public audience. The stories explore social ideas about masculinity and gender relations, and links of these with topics including family relationships; substance abuse; bullying; aging; the evolution of men’s social roles; domestic violence; homosexuality and the Church; transgender identity and LGBT rights; HIV/AIDS; fatherhood in the context of divorce; manual labor and classism; physical disability and self-actualization; gratitude to mentors; and the healing power of self-acceptance, community and love. Mediums include prose, stand-up comedy, dance, photography and video, 2013.
Proyecto Historias de Hombres ~ ¡En Voz Alta!, Part 1 (podcast), Josie Lehrer and Sandra Henriquez, PreventConnect, Sacramento, CA: August 2014.
Miss Representation, The Representation Project – written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, this film explores how the media's misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence, 2011. Read Blog, "Miss Representation" ~ Poised to Advance a Media Movement.".
My Girlfriend Did It (scroll down) – one in four women will experience Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) in their lifetime regardless of sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status, age or educational background. In response to this reality, Casa de Esperanza produced My Girlfriend Did It, a documentary film that explores IPV in lesbian relationships by highlighting the struggles and resilience of women who share the impact of violence in their lives. The first-of-its-kind film was re-released in 2008 in DVD format and is accompanied with a bilingual facilitator’s guide providing definitions, discussion questions, group activities, role plays and case scenarios, St. Paul, MN.
My Masculinity Helps, Marc A. Grimmett and David Hambridge – explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. It shows African American male allies (psychologist, professor, peer educator, attorney, pastor, athlete, middle and high school students, activist) demonstrating understanding and support for survivors of sexual violence. Strategies for assistance and prevention are provided. Survivors also share their stories and what has helped them. The film serves as a counter-narrative to often inaccurate and misleading portrayals of African American masculinity. Our goal is to engage boys and men in the deconstruction of gender roles, masculinity, and power and in the prevention of sexual violence. It can be used in schools, colleges, and athletic, professional, community, and faith-based organizations.
My Masculinity Helps ~ Facilitation Guide, Marc A. Grimmett and Juliette Grimmett, August 2014.
My Masculinity Helps: A film examining gender roles, masculinity, and power (podcast), Monika Johnson Hostler, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, talks about the film. Produced by PreventConnect, Sacramento, CA: March 2014.
New and Best-selling DVD Resources on Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence and Self-Neglect, Terra Nova Films, Chicago, IL: March 2014.
NO! The Rape Documentary, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, 2008. Watch the trailer.
No Way Out But One – when a family court judge gave custody to the man who had fractured her son's skull, Holly felt she had no way but one. From award winning producers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan comes a documentary on the first American woman to be granted asylum by the Netherlands on the grounds of domestic violence.
ReadHuffington Post article, October 26, 2012.
Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence: Case Studies for Clergy (for Jewish and Christian audiences), FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA: 2007.
"Piñata", Pages Matam, Button Poetry, October 10, 2013.
Poster Girl, C-Line Films – Robynn Murray was an all-American high-school cheerleader who became the poster girl for women in combat. But since returning from Iraq, she has fought the insidious foe: post-traumatic stress disorder. This Oscar®-nominated documentary short follows Robynn over the course of two years as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption through art and poetry ~ directed by Sara Nesson, 2010.
Power and Control ~ Domestic Violence in America, Peter Cohn.
Presenting Medical Evidence in an Adult Rape Trial ~ A Video Resource, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
Preventing Domestic and Sexual Violence ~ Video Resources for Working with Teens, Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, Okemos, MI: updated July 21, 2003.
Private Violence, Director/Producer: Cynthia Hill, Markay Media and Southern Documentary Fund; Executive Producers: Gloria Steinem; Cindy Waitt, Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention; Artemis Rising Foundation (Regina K. Scully); and Chicken & Egg Pictures (Julia Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Judith Helfand); and Special Advisor and Principal in the Film: Kit Gruelle – the project tackles the myths and misconceptions about domestic violence that make the world a dangerous place for one in four women and their families. Forty years into the battered women's movement, it's time to start asking different questions and posing new solutions. A feature length documentary is at the heart of the project's mission. See related Private Violence page.
Rape Is, Cambridge Documentary Films – this 30 minute documentary explores the meaning, severity, and consequences of rape. It looks at rape from a global and historical perspective, but focuses mainly on the domestic cultural conditions that make this human rights violation the most underreported crime in America, Cambridge, MA.
Rape Culture, Cambridge Documentary Films – examines the relationship between our culture's sexual fantasies and rape through film and other media.
The film defined "rape culture" for the first time, Cambridge, MA.
Red Light Greenlight – as nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue,attempting to answer the question: “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
The Release – the main character struggles to find peace from a past marred by sexual abuse, April 21, 2014.
A Response to "The Undetected Rapist", National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
Sex Crimes Unit ~ True Convictions, Jackson Films – is an unprecedented look inside the New York District Attorneys office at the first and preeminent unit in the country dedicated to the prosecution of rape and sexual assault. Directed by Emmy Award and Sundance Jury Prize winner Lisa F. Jackson, the film examines the shocking legal history of injustice towards rape survivors; observes the process of investigation conducted by the Unit every day; tracks through trial the case of a prostitute who dared cry rape, and follows the inspiring story of one survivor's 16-year journey to justice. Order.
Sin by Silence, Quiet Little Place Productions, Costa Mesa, CA: 2008. Watch a clip about the making of the documentary.
Spitting Game: The College Hook-Up Culture, Denice Evans, writer / director – Promiscuity has become the new popularity on campus and sex the next addiction issue. Hooking Up, commonly described as a drunken, no-strings attached, sexual encounter, has completely eclipsed traditional dating. It is the accepted social interaction on college campuses across the nation. Epidemic numbers of students are “hooking up” with multiple, random, and often times, anonymous partners. Needless to say, the fall out from this behavior is affecting the mental, emotional, and physical well being of millions of students. Getting drunk and having casual sex is no longer a collegiate rite of passage. It has become a potential life sentence. In this compelling documentary, students, experts, and parents speak openly about alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, and the state of relationships on college campuses. It is a candid and, ultimately scandalous, expose on the reasons, risks, and realities students face within the college hook up culture. Hidden truths are revealed that will change the way you look at campus life forever.
Strangulation: What We Have Learned (video ~ scroll down), Family Justice Center Alliance, San Diego, CA: 2010.
The Strength to Resist: Media's Impact on Women and Girls, Cambridge Documentary Films – over 20 years ago, we produced and directed "Killing Us Softly" and "Still Killing Us Softly." In reponse to viewers who expressed the need for a new approach to the topic, we produced this new 33 minute documentary. It documents the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to girls and women that dominate the media, Cambridge, MA.
Survival from Domestic Violence: Stories of Hope and Healing, Gift From Within, Camden, ME: 2005.
Surviving Sexual Violence on the Streets ~ A Know-Your-Rights Film for Homeless Women (video and discussion guide) – the result of many people's hard work, compassion and desire to bring to light the connection between homelessness and sexual violence, Transition Projects and Victim Rights Law Center, Portland, OR. Copyright © 2013 Transition Projects and Victim Rights Law Center.
Survivor to Survivor – a media resource guide for victims of domestic violence. The mission is to provide survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones with a web-based, documentary-style resource guide that serves as a visual toolkit of help and resources available in North Carolina. Copyright © 2010 Markay Media.
A Survivor’s Story, Olga Trujillo Consulting, Alexandria, VA.
Teen Dating Violence Workshop (DVD), Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, North Kingstown, RI.
Telling Amy's Story – hosted by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, and told by detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001.
"Telling Amy's Story" Wins Prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award, 3BL Media, August 8, 2011. Copyright © 2011 3BL Media, LLC.
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (video ~ #241394), Office for Victims of Crime – discusses how violence and trauma affect children, including the serious and long-lasting consequences for their physical and mental health; signs that a child may be exposed to violence or trauma; and the staggering cost of child maltreatment to families, communities, and the Nation. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them, Washington, DC.
Tough Guise, featuring Jackson Katz, Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA.
2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture, 2013
Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity, 1999
Two Spirits – interweaves the tragic story of a mother's loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn't simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Two Spirits is a production of Say Yes Quickly Productions, Riding the Tiger Productions and Just Media. Read Blog.
Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judge's Role in Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault Cases ~ A Self-Directed DVD Curriculum, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
The "Undetected" Rapist, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, NY.
Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military, Jennifer Malina and Sarah Pusateri, HealthyState.org, 2012.
Valentine Road, BMP Films, in association with Eddie Schmidt Productions – this heartbreaking documentary depicts the 2008 murder of gender non-conforming 8th grader Larry King, weaving multiple story lines leading up to King's death and beyond it. Director Marta Cunningham connects the viewer with reflections, memories, and opinions of family members, school staff, friends, lawyers and law enforcement, and jurors. She presents stories and facts from people who were closely connected to King, as well as those who were aligned with Brandon McInerney (the 14 year old who shot and killed King in their school's computer lab).
To support those watching the film, FORGE created three handouts: Trans/LGBQ youth and violence, Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Reflections in the Mirror?
Video Catalogue ~ 2005, National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Ottawa, ONT, CA.
Video List, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, Harrisburg, PA: updated December 2009.
Video Clips, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC.
What Freedom Feels Like (videos) – inspiration from women who've escaped abuse and stars who support them, Redbook, September 2012. Copyright © 2012 Hearst Communication Inc.
where is your line? – a 24 minute documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker – who is raped, but her story isn't cut and dry. Not a "perfect victim," the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today's "rape culture." The film asks the question: where is the line defining content. THE LINE was completed in July 2009.
"Young Black Men Step Up, While "Others" Just Look Away", Bossip, New York, NY: October 20, 2009.