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Pushing the Elephant

"Pushing the Elephant tells the extraordinary story of a mother and daughter reunited after a decade separated by civil war. In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost everything to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged from the suffering advocating peace and reconciliation. But after helping numerous victims to rebuild their lives, there is one person Rose must still teach to forgive - her daughter Nangabire."

New Directions

"New Directions is award-winning documentarian Joanne Burke's series about women's empowerment in developing countries.

Macho

"In 1998, Managua, Nicaragua became host to one of the most publicized and controversial cases of sexual abuse to hit modern day Latin America. At the epicenter of the scandal stood none other than Nicaraguan Sandinista leader and ex-President Daniel Ortega. Revered as a revolutionary hero and symbol of military strength, Ortega was accused on multiple charges of rape and battery by his stepdaughter, Soilamerica Narvaez.

Lioness

"Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War and returned home as part of this countries generation of female combat veterans. Lioness makes public, for the first time, their hidden history.

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

"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 women are expected to be silent. Las Madres provides a banner of hope in the international struggle for human rights."

La Cueca Sola

"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.

Guerrilla Girl

Daughters of War

"Daughters of War documents the life of Gabriela, the leader of a girl gang and mother of a 7 month old daughter.Gabriela lives in Ayacucho, Peru, the former Maoist guerrilla stronghold ravaged by civil war in the 1980´s. Her mother mysteriously disappeared when Gabriela was five. She and her sister were passed to their Grandmother who didn´t want them. Violence, neglect and abuse drove Gabriela to the streets where survival meant fighting with knives and stealing.

A Jihad For Love

"A Jihad for Love is a daring documentary- filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality.

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