What does it feel like to be a woman on the street in a cultural environment that does nothing to discourage men from heckling, following, touching or disparaging women in public spaces?
Filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West believes that the streets are a War Zone
for women. Armed with only a video-camera, she both demonstrates this experience and, by turning and confronting her abusers, reclaims space that was stolen from her.
is an excellent discussion starter for both men and women. It gives voice and expression to a disturbing daily aspect of being a woman in this society. It also gives men a direct personal feeling for what harassing behavior looks and feels like to a woman. Young men who may think such behavior is cool or funny will be forced to rethink their assumptions.
is a classroom, documentary edition of Maggie Hadleigh-West's first film by the same title. Her film has been screened and applauded at scores of festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She has appeared to discuss the film on the Today Show
, CBS News, 20/20
, BBC, NPR, CNN, and Eye to Eye with Connie Chung
Sections: Intro | History | Interviews | Gina: New Orleans | Interviews 2 | Natasha & Sheila: New York | Interviews 3 | Trelles: New Orleans | Interviews 4 | Respect | Interviews 5 | Phone Call
Executive Producers: Maggie Hadleigh-West, Missouri Davenport Lobrano, Hank Levine
Producer: Hank Levine
Writer, Director: Maggie Hadleigh-West
Sr. Associate Producers: Suzie Baer, Dyan Diemar
Associate Producers: Richard Calderon, Karen Laverty
Line Producer: Aaron Levine
A Film Fatale, Inc. / Hank Levine Film GmbH Production.
Educational Distribution by Media Education Foundation
MAGGIE HADLEIGH-WEST | Writer & Producer
Maggie Hadleigh-West is an internationally recognized social justice activist, filmmaker, producer and public speaker. Through her humor, wit and experience, Hadleigh-West skillfully explores personal experience and transforms it into socio-political activism using film, short stories, workshops, trainings and educational programs. The primary focus of her work is around issues of sexism, sexual harassment, sexual assault, racism, homophobia, diversity and trauma.
Hadleigh-West's films and presentations have been used around the world in theaters, broadcast television, cable outlets, nonprofit organizations, conferences, corporations, colleges and government agencies. Since 2002 the Department of Defense has been using her work to educate all branches of the military around issues of sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Hadleigh-West has appeared on numerous national and international television and radio programs including 20/20
, The Today Show
, CBS News, The Oprah Show
, Lifetime Live
, Oxygen Media
, BBC, NPR, and CNN. Articles on Hadleigh-West have been published in USA Today
, New York Times
, San Francisco Examiner
, NY Observer
, Chicago Tribune
, Village Voice
, New York Daily News
, Ms. Magazine
, Glamour Magazine
, London Times
, South African Elle
, the Swedish papers Aftonbladet
and Dagens Nyheter
and Australia's Exposure
magazine. Visit her website at www.yomaggie.com
Official Selection, 1998 Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection, 1998 docfest: New York International Documentary Festival
Official Selection, 1998 Northampton Independent Film Festival
Official Selection, 1998 Seattle International Film Festival
Praise for the Film
"Among all of the films related to sexism, harassment, and violence I have reviewed, War Zone
stands out as the most unique, powerful, and important contribution to anti-sexist education."
- Paul Gorski | EdChange Multicultural Pavilion