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The Consortium’s Filmography is a comprehensive list of films that focus on the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and peacebuilding, as well as some of the structural gendered relations that thread through pre- and postwar societies.

The resource was created for educators and activists who wish to bring the concrete immediacy and emotional resonance of visual media into their courses or events.

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Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer
Barbara Miller 2016 96 min
"Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women represent a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly, putting them at great risk. This film accompanies these... see more

Frontrunner: The Afghan Woman Who Surprised the World
Virginia Williams 2008 90 min
"The heroic story of the first woman to run for President of Afghanistan. Frontrunner introduces us to Dr. Massouda Jalal, a mother of three children, whose campaign inspired thousands of women across the country to participate in the democratic process. "As a children’s advocate during the Taliban regime, Dr. Massouda Jalal risked her life on a daily basis.... see more

Full Cover Girl: How Fundamentalism and Democracy are Eroding Women's Rights in Iraq
Folke Ryden 2008 53 min
"Peace, prosperity, and the implementation of Islamic law: that is the dream of Jinan al-Ubaidy, an influential member of Iraq’s parliament who is calling loudly for Sharia-based government—and, as her opponents say, for a return to the subordination of women to men. Filmed on location in war-torn Baghdad, this program exposes the deteriorating state of women’s rights... see more

Trix Betlem 1988 67 min
"This extraordinary documentary looks at the work of Gabriela, a mass organization of diverse women’s groups in the Philippines. Founded in 1984 in honor of Gabriela Silans, a Filipina nationalist who fought against the Spanish occupation, it brought nuns, students, farm and factory workers, artists, prostitutes and housewives together to gain a voice in national politics. This... see more

Gender Against Men
Refugee Law Project 2009 44 min
"The documentary explores the hidden world of sexual and gender based violence against men in the conflicts of the Great Lakes region; it is a movie about men, violence, and the inability of society to recognise or address male vulnerability in times of conflict. The movie raises as many questions as it gives answers in its quest for an honest examination of the gender stereotypes... see more

God Sleeps in Rwanda
Kimberlee Acquaro, Stacy Sherman 2004 28 min
"Uncovering amazing stories of hope in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, Academy Award-Nominee God Sleeps in Rwanda captures the spirit of five courageous women as they rebuild their lives, redefine women’s roles in Rwandan society and bring hope to a wounded nation.     "The 1994 Rwandan Genocide left the country nearly 70 percent female, handing Rwanda... see more

Grace, Milly, Lucy...Child Soldiers
Raymonde Provencher 2010 52 min
"When we usually speak about child soldiers, we rarely realize that many of them are girls. This little-known reality is underscored by the gripping personal accounts of Grace Akallo, Milly Auma, and Lucy Lanyero in Raymonde Provencher’s riveting, visually stunning film. As adults seeking to rebuild their lives, they are three among thousands of young girls violently abducted... see more

Guerrilla Girl
Frank Piasecki Poulsen 2005 90 min
"Granted rare access, filmmaker Frank Piasecki Poulsen presents a fascinating documentary following an idealistic 21-year-old middle-class Colombian woman from the city who joins the FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, South America's largest guerrilla movement. At a camp hidden in the Colombian forest, she undergoes three months of intensive guerrilla training. But... see more

Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time
Mai Masri 1995 50 min
"Profiles Hanan Ashrawi, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization during the Middle East peace talks with Israel, but who later turned down a position in the new government in favor of continuing her efforts on behalf of peace and human rights. In this personal portrait, Ashrawi recalls her childhood as the youngest of five girls growing up in a Christian Palestinian... see more

How Nice to See You Alive Que Bom Te Ver Viva
Lucia Murat 1989 100 min
"On March 31, 1964, a military coup overthrew the Brazilian government. Four years later, all civil rights were suspended and torture became a systematic practice. Using a mix of fiction and documentary this extraordinary film is a searing record of personal memory, political repression and the will to survive. Interviews with eight women who were political prisoners during the military... see more

If Extraordinary Had a Face: Women in the Security Sector in South Africa
Security Sector Governance Programme 2010
"The Security Sector Governance Program has produced a documentary on the gendered transformation of the security sector in South Africa. It provides this overview through tracking the journeys of three women who have been instrumental in bringing about change within the security sector, namely, Major General Ntsiki Motumi- Chief Director: Transformation Management at the SANDF, Hon. Thandi... see more

Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development 2010 18 min
"An ihuriro is a traditional Rwandan collective community effort to achieve something practical for households. This might be working on each other's land in turn, caring for elders or rebuilding a house."ACORD in Rwanda supports the ihuriro in using this tradition to discuss and take collective action on issues such as soil erosion, land rights, HIV and AIDs, gender or conflict.... see more

Iraq: The Women's Stories
Fiona Campbell 2006 48 min
"The invasion of Iraq heralded promises of freedom from tyranny and equal rights for the women of Iraq. But three years on, the reality of everyday life for women inside Iraq is a different story."To make this film, two Iraqi women risk their lives to spend three months traveling all over the country with a camera to record the lives and experiences of women they meet."Source:... see more

Iron Ladies of Liberia
Siatta Scott Johnson, Daniel Junge 2007 77 min
"After surviving a 14-year civil war and a government riddled with corruption, Liberia is ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President – the first freely elected female head of state in Africa. Having won a hotly contested election with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia, Sirleaf faces the daunting task of lifting her country from... see more

Justice for Sale
Femke van Velzen, Ilse van Velzen 2011 84 min
"JUSTICE FOR SALE follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone... see more

La Cueca Sola
Marilu Mallet 2003 52 min
"On September 11, 1973, a military coup in Chile brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of women and men were taken from their homes- never to return. Since that time, Chilean women have danced the country’s traditional courtship dance alone, and La Cueca Sola has become a symbol of women’s struggle against the dictatorship."After 30 years... see more

La Nouba des Femmes du Mont-Chenoua
Assia Djebar 1977 115 min
"Returning to her native region 15 years after the end of the Algerian war, Lila is obsessed by memories of the war for independence that defined her childhood. In dialogue with other Algerian women, she reflects on the differences between her life and theirs. In lyrical footage she contemplates the power of grandmothers who pass down traditions of anti-colonial resistance to their heirs.... see more

Ladies First
Gini Reticker 2004 57 min
"Ten years after the bloody genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in just 100 days, Rwanda’s women are leading their country’s healing process and taking their society forward into a different future. They are playing a remarkable role in politics and are also emerging as prominent figures in the business sector. In spring 2004 — as Rwanda commemorated the 10th... see more

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
Susana Blaustein, Lourdes Portillo 1985 64 min
"This Academy award-nominated documentary about the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 “disappeared” sons and daughters remains as extraordinarily powerful as when it was first released. As well as giving an understanding of Argentinian history in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Las Madres shows the empowerment of women in a society where... see more

Lebanon: Bits and Pieces
Olga Nakkas 1994 60 min
"Lebanon: Bits and Pieces is an exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving exploration of the myths and realities of present-day Lebanon, as reflected through the voices of women. During Olga Nakkas’ childhood, Lebanon was known to the outside world as an exemplary model of peace in the heart of an Arab Middle East dominated by dictators. Following a seven year absence, Nakkas... see more


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