This documentary portrays the tension surrounding gender relationships as well as areas of cooperation in a remote village in the mountains of Thailand. We see the year-long process of hemp production as women transform the raw hemp fiber into cloth and its multiple uses in life-cycle rituals while men perform healing ceremonies, settle marriage agreements and conduct funeral rites.
LEITIS IN WAITING is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their highly religious and conservative South Pacific Kingdom.
With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and the challenge of being yourself without forsaking culture and tradition.
In 1995, a 22-year-old gender studies student named Annabel Chong decided to break a world record by having the "world's largest gang bang" --she had sex with 251 men in a ten hour period while the entire event was videotaped. The results became the subject matter of this documentary that insights into Annabel, her family and her motives
"As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman's primary value lay in her youth, beauty and sexuality--and not in her capacity to lead, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. The film accumulates startling facts and statistics that leave audiences shaken, armed with a new perspective"--Container
Bree is a highly educated transsexual woman, living in a poor section of Los Angeles and working two jobs to save money for her final sexual reassignment surgery. When she receives a phone call from Toby, a jailed teenage runaway looking for his father, she's shocked to discover that a fumbling heterosexual encounter during her life as a man resulted in a son. Bree's instinct is to turn her back on the past but her therapist insists she must confront it, withholding legal permission for Bree's final operation until she has met the boy.
"Features feminist thinker Donna Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Best-known for her ground breaking work on gender, cyborgs, animals, and post-colonialism, Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller. The film is structured around a series of discussions on subjects including capitalism and the environment, science fiction as philosophy, the role of Catholicism in her upbringing, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives."--Container.
Reveals the aftermath of the horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi in December 2012. For weeks, mass protests filled the streets of India and the country witnessed gender consciousness and extraordinary solidarity by ordinary citizens like never before. The eyes of the world were on the country's rampant gender violence, and stories about violence against women in India were hitting the world's headlines almost on a daily basis. In this documentary, Indian journalist and filmmaker Vibha Bakshi questions how Indian society is changing after the 2012 events. Although an Anti-Rape Law was passed and radical changes were made within the police force and the judiciary, gender violence still persists.
"Sam Dunn, a 30-year-old headbanger-turned-anthropologist, sets out on a quest to explore heavy metal's origins and cultural impact. His mission? To get to the bottom of one of one burning question: Why is heavy metal music so beloved by its devoted fans and yet so controversial? ... An exhilarating tribute to metal's dark side, and an outsider's window into a complex spectacle and fascinating subculture"--Container