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Human Rights & Women's Health Film Series


Human Rights & Women's Health


Human Rights Film Series 2012-2013


All films will take place at 4pm in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Research Center


1)     September 12, 2012

Taking Our Bodies Back

Faculty Moderator: Micki McElya, Department of History 

The film documents a growing movement in the 1970s of women regaining control of their own bodies. It shows women becoming aware of their right in dealing with the medical industry.  The film explores: self-help,birth at home, abortion, high school women's support group, breast cancer, research, gynecological exam, drug company attitude, hysterectomy, health care for women of color


2)     October 17th, 2012

No Woman No Cry

Faculty Moderator: Amy Kenefick, School of Nursing 

In her directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women from around the world. Inspired by her own experience, Christy suffered a serious complication just after delivering her first child; the documentary film reveals four stories from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.


3)     November 14, 2012

Daughters of Gardeners

Faculty Moderator: Hallie Liberto, Philosophy Department

Thirty-six million women are missing in India. The economic burden of dowries and the ancestral preference for boys make the birth of a daughter a shameful event. Ultrasound tests and abortions, medical acts which were supposed to represent progress for women, are instead being used against them.

DAUGHTERS OF GARDENERS is a deeply moving and profoundly human documentary; an investigation of States where aborting girls has become a very profitable industry. This one-hour film follows the journey of a young Canadian journalist, in her quest to understand and document this demographic crisis, as well as its disastrous consequences on the entire Indian society; the inability of men to find wives; the increase in prostitution; the worsening AIDS pandemic; the kidnapping and trafficking of women and the advent of forced marriages.

Unexpectedly poetic images for such a subject succeed in capturing the human element behind a reality that nonetheless appears quite inhumane.


4)     February 13, 2013

12th & Delaware

Faculty Moderator: TBA

The seemingly sleepy intersection of Delaware Ave. and 12th St. in Fort Pierce, Fla. is ground zero for the ferocious abortion rights battle raging in America.  On one corner stands an abortion clinic; across the street is the Pregnancy Care Center, a pro-life outpost dedicated to heading off abortion seekers at the pass.

12TH & DELAWARE provides a compelling, fly-on-the-wall view of the ideological trench warfare that takes place daily at this crossroads, where women struggle to deal with unwanted pregnancy.  Directed by Oscar® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's ("Jesus Camp"), 12TH & DELAWARE puts viewers in the middle of this intractable conflict.


5)     March 13, 2013

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter

Faculty Moderator, Jon Bauer and Miriam Marton, School of Law

Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States. But it's not just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali. Threatened with deportation, her two-year-old daughter could be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), like 85 percent of women and girls in Mali. Using rarely cited grounds for political asylum, Goundo must convince an immigration judge that her daughter is in danger.

Sensitive and moving, this important film reveals how women are profoundly affected by the legal struggles surrounding immigration. As issues of asylum, international law and human rights collide with FGM and its devastating health consequences, filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater travel between an FGM ceremony in a Malian village, where dozens of girls are involved, to the West African expatriate community of Philadelphia, where Mrs. Goundo challenges beliefs and battles the American legal system for her child
's future. 


6)     April 10, 2013

Women Behind Bars

Faculty Moderator: TBA

Oklahoma is currently ranked number ONE for female incarceration per capita in the United States - a country that leads the developed world in incarcerating its own citizens.

Despite the fact that Oklahoma's crime rate is average - ranked 17th nationally - their female incarceration rate (134 per 100,000) has peaked at over twice the national average for women (60 per 100,000).

Nearly 80% of Oklahoma's incarcerated women are non-violent offenders, their presence in Oklahoma Correctional Facilities largely attributable to drug abuse, the distribution of controlled substances, prostitution and property crimes.

WOMEN BEHIND BARS will take viewers inside Oklahoma's state prisons, and face to face with the women we place there - women who struggle with the very real and often ignored issues.