Classroom Films for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day
“Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”
— From the International Women’s Day website
As International Women’s Day approaches next week, and as we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month through the end of March, we’re highlighting the work of the scores of women filmmakers and thought leaders we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with over the years.
Below you’ll find a sampling of MEF films either made by women or based on their work. These titles cover an array of topics, including media representations of gender, race, and power; dominant ideals of female beauty; the culture of abuse in athletics; escalating right-wing attacks on women’s autonomy and reproductive freedom; and the influence of government propaganda on U.S. news media coverage of war and militarism.
As varied as these films are, they share a common commitment to helping young people think critically about the dominant media narratives that frame — and too often limit — our understanding of the world.
Cultural Criticism & Transformation
Featuring bell hooks
The Souls of Black Girls
Directed by Daphne Valerius
Constructing the Terrorist Threat
Featuring Deepa Kumar
Latinos Beyond Reel
Co-directed by Chyng Sun