Women’s History Month - The Library's REC's

Women’s History Month Films- March 2023


RBG (2018)

Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s engaging 2018 biographical documentary RBG examines the remarkable life and legal career of former associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

View this candid study of a pop culture icon and trailblazing champion for gender equality here: RBG - Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company


Finding Kukan (2016)

As a 4th generation Chinese American and filmmaker, Robin Lung has a passion for bringing to light the unsung stories of women and minority communities. In her 2016 feature documentary Fining Kukan, Lung meticulously unearths the groundbreaking life and creative work of the Academy Award-winning Chinese American producer and playwright, Li Ling-Ai.

View this stirring portrait of a long overlooked female filmmaking pioneer: Finding Kukan | Kanopy


Black Feminist

Zanah Thirus’s 2019 documentary film Black Feminist, an official selection at the Bronze Lens Festival of Atlanta, discusses the long-standing gender and racial-based oppression endured by Black women throughout U.S. history. Featuring diverse testimonials from Black voices in the arts, academic, and business sectors, the film seeks to inform and broaden conceptions of what it means to be Black and feminist.

Watch this illuminating film from our streaming collection here: Black Feminist - Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company


Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

Alexandra Dean’s 2017 documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story chronicles the creative life and achievements of the Austrian-born American actress and inventor, Hedy Lamarr. The film follows Hedy’s early career barriers of being typecast due to rampant sexism in Hollywood, in addition to detailing her remarkable work as an inventor in the field of radio technology.

View this captivating portrait of an ingenious woman who changed the course of modern communication: Bombshell | Kanopy


Maestra: The Women of Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign (2012)

Lastly, we’re sharing director Catherine Murphy’s 2012 documentary Maestra: The Women of Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign. Featuring moving personal testimonials by 8 women who bravely volunteered to teach reading and writing despite the prevailing patriarchal structures of Cuba in the early 1960s, the film serves as a testament to the profound collective strength, impact, and achievement of these women.

View here: Maestra | Kanopy

Written by Josh Windham | 2/27/2023

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