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Brand New You

Brand New You

Makeover Television and the American Dream

An illustration of how the interventions featured in makeover shows, from weight loss to cosmetic surgery, reproduce conventional norms of physical attractiveness and success. more...

Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination

Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination

An illustrated presentation,which makes a compelling case that consumer capitalism can no longer deliver on its promise of enhancing quality of life, and argues that changing direction will require changing our media system and our cultural environment. more...

Dysfunctional Societies

Dysfunctional Societies

Why Inequality Matters

What feature do the world's healthiest & happiest societies have in common? According to author Richard Wilkinson, the answer is simple: they have far less income inequality than other societies. more...

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

The Food Industry, Marketing & the Creation of a Health Crisis

An eye-opening examination of food marketing, advertising, and the tactics the food industry uses to push high-calorie processed junk foods that are undermining the health of Americans. more...

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

A Tale of Medicine, Monopoly & Malice

The incredible true story of how pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa, and how a remarkable group of people rose up to stop them. more...

Google & the World Brain

Google & the World Brain

The Audacious Attempt to Control Human Knowledge

A film about Google's massive project to scan millions of books from university libraries, and how authors from around the world waged a fierce legal battle against the Internet giant. more...

Guyland

Guyland

Where Boys Become Men

Based on his bestselling book, sociologist Michael Kimmel maps the troubling social world where boys become men -- a new stage of development he calls "Guyland." more...

How Racism Harms White Americans

How Racism Harms White Americans

With John H. Bracey Jr.

Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. examines the devastating economic, political, and personal toll racism has taken on white Americans over the course of history. more...

Joystick Warriors

Joystick Warriors

Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism

The clearest account yet of the personal and societal effects of violent video games and their relationship to larger cultural narratives about guns, militarism, and manhood. more...

Pornland

Pornland

How the Porn Industry has Hijacked Our Sexuality

Gail Dines argues that the dominant images and stories disseminated by the multibillion-dollar pornography industry produce and reproduce a gender system that undermines equality and encourages violence against women. more...

Race, Power & American Sports

Race, Power & American Sports

Featuring Dave Zirin

Cultural historian Dave Zirin and MEF executive director Sut Jhally look at race and American sports culture, examining how athletes of color have challenged traditional notions of white privilege and cultural ideals of masculinity. more...

Spitting Game

Spitting Game

The College Hookup Culture

Filmmaker Denice Ann Evans draws heavily on the voices of college students in this exploration of the personal and social implications of campus hookup culture. more...

The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap

Masculinity and the Courage to Change

Thomas Keith looks closely at the ways sexist and misogynistic messages short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously. more...

The Illusionists

The Illusionists

A Film About the Globalization of Beauty

The Illusionists examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. more...

The Occupation of the American Mind

The Occupation of the American Mind

Israel's Public Relations War in the United States

Takes an eye-opening look at pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. more...

Tough Guise 2

Tough Guise 2

Violence, Manhood & American Culture

In this stunning new edition of the acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that outmoded ideals of manhood are feeding an epidemic of men's violence in America. more...

Tough Guise 2 (Abridged)

Tough Guise 2 (Abridged)

Violence, Manhood & American Culture

In this stunning new edition of the acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that outmoded ideals of manhood are feeding an epidemic of men's violence in America. more...

TV Family

TV Family

Behind the Scenes of the First Reality Television Program

In TV Family, a Texas family reflects on the forgotten television documentary produced about them in 1960, describing how the program both mirrored and distorted the reality of their lives. more...

Best Sellers Bestsellers

 #ReGENERATION

#ReGENERATION

The Politics of Apathy & Activism

Ryan Gosling narrates this engrossing film about the emergence of bold new forms of social activism and the aspirations of a new generation of young people coming to terms with a rapidly changing world. more...

Bro Code, The

Bro Code, The

How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men

This gripping look at "bro culture" and contemporary media targeted at young men deconstructs the larger forces in male culture that glamorize bullying, sexism, violence, and misogyny. more...

Codes of Gender, The

Codes of Gender, The

Identity and Performance in Pop Culture

Communication scholar Sut Jhally applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of gendered themes in fashion advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape. more...

Consuming Kids

Consuming Kids

The Commercialization of Childhood

An investigation into the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry's successful effort to turn American children into one of the most profitable consumer demographics in the world. more...

Dreamworlds 3 (Unabridged)

Dreamworlds 3 (Unabridged)

Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video

This newest edition of Sut Jhally's influential Dreamworlds series examines how music videos reflect, shape, and reinforce the wider culture's dominant ideas and attitudes about gender, sexuality, and race. more...

Flirting with Danger

Flirting with Danger

Power & Choice in Heterosexual Relationships

Psychologist Lynn Phillips explores how young women navigate heterosexual relationships and hookups in a culture that sends conflicting messages about women's sexuality, consent, and coercion. more...

Generation M

Generation M

Misogyny in Media & Culture

Filmmaker Tom Keith examines the misogynistic images, ideas, and attitudes that circulate at the very heart of American popular culture. more...

Hip-Hop (Unabridged)

Hip-Hop (Unabridged)

Beyond Beats & Rhymes

As seen on PBS and at Sundance. Filmmaker Byron Hurt's critically acclaimed documentary explores how hip-hop culture and the rap music industry too often glorify sexist, homophobic, and violent ideals of manhood at the expense of what makes hip-hop great. more...

Killing Us Softly 4

Killing Us Softly 4

Advertising's Image of Women

This powerful, most recent edition of Jean Kilbourne's influential and award-winning Killing Us Softly series uncovers a consistent pattern of sexism and misogyny across a range of print and television advertisements. more...

Latinos Beyond Reel

Latinos Beyond Reel

Challenging a Media Stereotype

Filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun draw on the insights of Latino actors, journalists, scholars, and children in this moving and ultimately hopeful examination of Latino stereotypes in US media. more...

Mean World Syndrome, The

Mean World Syndrome, The

Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear

A timely introduction to famed media researcher George Gerbner's breakthrough finding that heavy exposure to media violence cultivates irrational fears and a reactionary mindset. more...

Mickey Mouse Monopoly

Mickey Mouse Monopoly

Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power

This innocence-shattering look at America's most beloved entertainment conglomerate shows how Disney films have long traded in regressive gender, racial, and ethnic stereotypes. more...

Not Just a Game

Not Just a Game

Power, Politics & American Sports

Cultural historian Dave Zirin shows how American sports culture has glamorized militarism, sexism, racism, and homophobia while also serving as a key site of progressive activism. more...

Sext Up Kids

Sext Up Kids

How Children are Becoming Hypersexualized

Award-winning filmmaker Maureen Palmer's stunning look at the sexualization of childhood explores how the intense pressure on kids to be sexy and sexual is changing their behavior and undermining their health. more...

Spin the Bottle

Spin the Bottle

Sex, Lies & Alcohol

Media scholars Jean Kilbourne and Jackson Katz examine binge drinking on college campuses through the lens of culture, encouraging students to think critically about alcohol's glamorous commercial image. more...

The Line

The Line

Filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman chronicles her decision to confront the man who raped her in this uncompromising and illuminating examination of the line between consent and coercion. more...

The Purity Myth

The Purity Myth

The Virginity Movement's War Against Women

Bestselling author Jessica Valenti places recent debates about Planned Parenthood, contraception, and the meaning of rape within the context of a larger political effort to roll back women's rights. more...

Tough Guise (Unabridged)

Tough Guise (Unabridged)

Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity

Acclaimed anti-violence educator Jackson Katz examines the epidemic of male violence that plagues American society as part of a much larger, media-inflected cultural crisis in American masculinity. more...

Coming Soon

Coming Soon
Digital Disconnect

Digital Disconnect

How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Digital Disconnect, based on McChesney's critically acclaimed book of the same title, argues that the revolutionary and democratizing potential of the Internet has been blunted by consumer capitalism and corporate power. more...

Howard Zinn's Emma

Howard Zinn's Emma

Renowned historian Howard Zinn's stage play Emma dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the famed anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker. more...

Media Education Resources

media education resources

Discussion Guides

Guides for using MEF films in the classroom. Including key points, discussion questions, and writing exercises. more...

Handouts

Activities and statistics related to key issues in media education. Can be downloaded and distributed. more...

Transcripts

Full transcripts of MEF films. more...

MEF Bookstore

Books by scholars featured in MEF films. more...

Press Room

Resources for journalists and film festivals. more...

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