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Women's Rights Documentaries: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (2022)

Racial Discrimination: In 1955, Alabama, a bus driver told Mrs Parks to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus. She was travelling on a segregated municipal bus and sitting in the "colored" section but all of the white-only seats had become occupied. She refused. Mrs Parks was then arrested. This historical incident sparked the the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott and became a foundational event in the civil rights movement in the United States.

Documentary Dir: Johanna Hamilton and Yoruba Richen

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS

Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS (2023)

Racial Discrimination: In the 1950s, thousands of Caribbean and African women came to the UK to save the NHS. They struggled with racism, career progression and lack of national recognition.

Documentary Dir: Victor Chimara

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power

Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power (2015)

Women's Rights: Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power explores the origins of the suffragette movement in the UK.

Documentary Dir: Rupert Edwards

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Brazen Hussies

Brazen Hussies (2020)

Women's Rights: A collection of interviews and archive footage from the Australian Women's Liberation Movement during the 1960s. Across world, members of the Women's Liberation Movement were often considered troublemakers, sexual deviants, unhinged ... A salute to them.

Documentary Dir: Catherine Dwyer

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Women's Rights Documentaries: When Women Speak

When Women Speak (2022)

Women's Rights: When Women Speak challenges the popular perception that gender activism in Africa is a foreign import, which came from ‘the West’ and only found its way to Ghana with the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1992. A cohort of 16 Ghanaian women who came of age in the 1960s and 70s when Ghana passed through tumultuous political upheaval, tell their stories of activism and advocacy.

Documentary Dir: Aseye Tamakloe

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Women, Libbers

Women, Libbers (2010)

Women's Rights: Women, Libbers is a three-part BBC documentary series about feminism from the rise of the women's liberation movement in the 1970s and its impact on women's lives today.

Documentary Dir: Vanessa Engle

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer (2013)

A collective of brave young, feminist punk rockers known as Pussy Riot captured the world's attention when they protested against Putin's Russia. In early 2012, on the altar of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour , three members of the collective wearing their trademark balaclavas, participated in a 40-second 'punk prayer protest'. Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were arrested and and charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", in a trial that divided Russia and triggered protests in Russia.

Documentary Dir: Mike Lerner & Maxim Pozdorovkin

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Women's March 2017

Women's March (2017)

Women's Rights: On January 21, 2017, thousands of women marched on Washington, DC and hundreds of sister marches took place across America and around the world, marching in solidarity for women's rights as human rights.

Documentary Dir: Mischa Hedges

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Fighting for Women's Rights - Latin America's feminist movement

Fighting for Women's Rights - Latin America's feminist movement (2022?)

Women's Rights: Across Latin America groups of brave young feminists are protesting at violence against women, supporting the struggle for equality, and advocating legal abortions.

Documentary Dir: ?

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Women's Rights Documentaries: One Child Nation

One Child Nation (2019)

Population Control: To address the rapid growth rate of the China's population, the Chinese government created the one-child policy which limited most Chinese families to one child each. It was implemented nationwide from 1980 to 2016.

Documentary Dir: Nanfu Wang & Lynn Zhang

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast (2020)

Modern-Day Eugenics: A courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal involuntary sterilizations in Californian women’s prisons. Filmed over seven years the duo interview current and former female prisoners and take the Department of Corrections to the courtroom.

Documentary Dir: Erika Cohn

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Women's Rights Documentaries: It's a Girl

It's a Girl (2012)

Female Infanticide: "It's a Girl" can be three of the deadliest words. In some parts of the world babies are aborted, abandoned and killed simply because they are girls. Female infanticide is the deliberate killing of female babies due to a preference for male children. In some societies females have low status while males are seen as more "valuable" than females. Find out more at the BBC.

Documentary Dir: Evan Grae Davis

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Women's Rights Documentaries: The Janes

The Janes (2022)

Legal Abortion: Police arrested seven women who were part of a clandestine network. Using code names, blindfolds and safe houses, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions calling themselves JANE.

Documentary Dir: Emma Pildes & Tia Lessin

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Reversing Roe

Reversing Roe (2018)

Legal Abortion: 45 years after Roe v. Wade (1973) which concluded with a landmark decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States generally protected a right to have an abortion, in 2018 the debate was still fierce. The Reversing Roe documentary is particularly poignant as, in 2022 The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, reversing Roe v. Wade (1973).

Documentary Dir: Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Yours in Freedom, Bill Baird

Yours in Freedom, Bill Baird (2023)

Bill Baird is an unsung reproductive justice advocate and activist. Since Griswold v. Connecticut was decided in 1965 birth control in the USA had been legal for married people but was not automatically extend to single people. Bill Baird successfully challenged the U.S. law banning the distribution of contraceptives to unmarried people via Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972).

Documentary Dir: Rebecca Cammisa

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Period. End of Sentence

Period. End of Sentence. (2018)

Stigma Of Menstruation: In rural India, not only does the stigma of menstruation still persist but women don't have access to sanitary pads, which leads to health problems and girls missing or dropping out of school. When a sanitary pad machine is installed in a rural village outside Delhi, the women learn how to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand "FLY", because they want women "to soar."

Documentary Dir: Rayka Zehtabchi

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Maternity Scandal Fighting for the Truth

BBC Panorama: Maternity Scandal Fighting for the Truth (2022)

In 2020, a maternal death occurred almost every two minutes - source: The World Health Organization. BBC Panorama: Maternity Scandal Fighting for the Truth exposes one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS - more than 200 babies died whilst others were left with life-changing injuries including brain-damage, following repeated failures in maternity care at hospitals in Shropshire, England. Read The Ockenden Review.

Documentary Dir: Alys Cummings

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Women's Rights Documentaries: The Black Maternity Scandal: Dispatches

The Black Maternity Scandal: Dispatches (2021)

Maternal mortality rates in the Black community: shockingly, Black women in the UK are four times more likely than White women to die during pregnancy, childbirth and up to year after. Source: The House of Lords Library. There are many complex reasons for this including the NHS's systemic racism. Also watch Aftershock (2022, USA)

Documentary Dir: Lyttanya Shannon

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Kris: Dying to Live

Kris: Dying to Live (2015)

Breast Cancer: In 2022, about 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide and 670,000 deaths - source: The World Health Organization. In 2020, Barbados had the highest rate of breast cancer mortality in women, followed by Fiji - source: The World Cancer Research Fund International.

After being turned away from her GP for over a year, in 2009, aged 23, Kris Hallenga, was diagnosed with incurable (stage 4 / secondary) breast cancer. Kris: Dying to Live records how Kris' battles terminal breast cancer and campaigns to make sure other young women and their doctors are made more aware of the risks by setting up the charity CoppaFeel! with her twin sister. Guttingly, she lost the battle in 2024, aged 38.

Cervical Cancer: Watch Making Sense of Cancer with Hannah Fry (2022)

Documentary Dir: ?

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Davina McCall: Sex, Mind and the Menopause

Davina McCall: Sex, Mind and the Menopause (2022)

Menopause Taboo: Davina McCall's Sex, Mind and the Menopause is considered a break through in the taboo subject of the menopause. She investigates how the menopause can affect the body as well the mind and hears from women who have had to leave their jobs. She also explores the latest advances in hormone therapy.

Documentary Dir: Linda Sands

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Mothers of the Revolution

Mothers of the Revolution (2021)

Cold War: During the Cold War, in June 1980, it was announced that 160 American nuclear cruise missiles would be stationed in Britain at RAF/USAF Greenham Common, Berkshire and RAF/USAF Molesworth, Cambridgeshire. The following year a group of 36 women set off on a 120 mile march from Cardiff to Greenham Common to protest against the planned arrival of the American nuclear missiles on UK soil. They started something extraordinary, Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and in time galvanizing over 70,000 women into action to protect their children and future generations.

Documentary Dir: Briar March

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram (2018)

276 teenage school girls aged between 16 and 18 were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria on 14th April 2014. The Chibok school girls were taken by Boko Haram, a violent Islamic insurgent movement, and hidden in the vast Sambisa forest. To date, more than 180 of the Chibok school girls have either since escaped or been freed, however, some 90 girls remain captive.

Documentary Dir: Gemma Atwal

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Women's Rights Documentaries: For Sama

For Sama (2019)

Syrian Conflict: For Sama is an award-winning documentary by Waad al-Kateab who, over five years, filmed her life in the rebel-held city of Aleppo: a journey through love, motherhood, war and survival during five years of the Syrian conflict. In 2016, Waad fled to safety in Turkey and is now living in the UK.

Documentary Dir: Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Fight for Ukraine: 12 Women's War

Fight for Ukraine: 12 Women's War (2023)

Ukraine War: Fight for Ukraine: 12 Women's War tells the stories of 12 Ukrainian women from all walks of life who maintain their humanity in the face of the horror and tragedy of war. Also check out Ukraine: Women at War.

Documentary Dir: Karen Floyd

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Blue Box

Blue Box (Documentary) (2023)

For Context: Blue Box is a brave and disturbing account of how the Jewish National Fund acquired land in Palestine before and after the creation of the State of Israel by the film-maker, whose great-grandfather was Joseph Weitz - the Director of Land and Forestry from 1932-1972 and key figure in the Jewish National Fund.

Documentary Dir: Michal Weits

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Screams Before Silence

Screams Before Silence (2024)

Sexual Violence In Conflict: On October 7, 2023, as part of “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood”, Hamas (officially designated a terrorist group by many countries) launched several thousand rockets into Israel and conducted attacks in border areas including Israeli towns and at the Nova Music Festival. Around 1,200 civilians were murdered, and 253 civilians taken hostage (source: Commonslibrary.Parliament.UK ). Women and girls were raped, assaulted, and mutilated. Released hostages have reported that Israeli captives in Gaza have also been sexually assaulted.

Documentary Dir: Anat Stalinsky

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Women's Rights Documentaries: War on Gaza impact on Palestinian women and children

War on Gaza impact on Palestinian women and children (Mar 14, 2024)

Sorry, until I find a documentary focussing on the affects of the current war on Palestinian women, I will include this Zoom call from the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP which was formed in 1975 by the United Nations General Assembly).

May 2024: The number of reported deaths in Gaza is estimated at more than 35,000. On 6 May, the UN said that 69% of reported fatalities were women and children. Two days later, it revised down this figure to 52%. The UN says it has switched its sourcing from the Hamas-run Government Media Office (GMO) to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza.

Documentary Dir: CEIRPP

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Soufra

Soufra (2017)

Resilience Of Women: Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp was established in 1948 by the League of Red Cross Societies and is located in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. It accommodates circa 31,000 refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives including 68 year old Mariam AlShaar. Mariam pulls the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before ... start a small kitchen from a micro-loan.

Documentary Dir: Thomas A. Morgan

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Women's Rights Documentaries: Britain's Jihadi Brides

Britain's Jihadi Brides (2015)

Jihadi Brides: In 2015, lured by slick marketing, social media and religious fervour more than 60 young British women, many as young as 15 years old, travelled to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria and become Jihadi Brides.

Documentary Dir: ?

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Women's Rights Documentaries: The Return: Life After ISIS

The Return: Life After ISIS (2021)

ISIS brides like Shamima Begum (UK) and Hoda Muthana (US) made worldwide headlines when they left their countries as teenagers to devote themselves to ISIS. Jihadist women, fighters’ wives, and ISIS leaders have been detained in Al Roj and Al Hol camps, northeast Syria Now they want to return to their home countries and restart their lives but their countries don't want them back. Also check out The Shamima Begum Story (2023)

Documentary Dir: Alba Sotorra

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