About This Collection
In 2017, only 12%, or 30, of the top 250 films were directed by women (The Celluloid Ceiling, 2017). The film industry remains the same today: male-dominated. In a #TimesUp moment when Natalie Portman is able to say, “And here are the all-male nominees,” Women’s History Month provides a unique opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of female filmmakers.
In March, WORLD is featuring over 40 films & programs for Women’s History Month, including premieres from award-winning series America ReFramed and Doc World.
Episodes In This Collection
Shot in Mexico
Armed with a camera, a young American journalist chases a revolution in Mexico. But his journey ends tragically when he is caught in a gun battle, films his own murder, and sets two families – one American, one Mexican – on a cross-border quest for justice.
Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey into the Heart of Drumming
Keeper of the Beat is a documentary on the life and music of acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher, Barbara Borden. Filmed on four continents by David L. Brown, the film tells Borden's inspiring story through performance, interviews, archival material and excerpts of Borden's autobiographical percussion play, "She Dares to Drum."
It's All in the Game: The Leta Andrews Story
Profiles Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest high school basketball coach in U.S. history. In the early years, Andrews had to constantly prove herself as most, if not all, of her coaching competitors were men. She posted 1,416 wins, and received numerous honors and awards over the course of her career, retiring after 52 years of coaching.
Women Outward Bound
Profiles the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school course in 1965. During their experience, the young women forged a special bond, and at a reunion 47 years later, they reminisce about lessons learned and memories made, with some revelations... that they were a part of changing the course of history.
A New Color - The Art of Being Edythe Boone
The life and work of self-taught artist Edythe Boone. Filmed over five years, follow the spirited and captivating septuagenarian who became an artist/activist simply because empowering and building community is “the right thing to do.” Ultimately, Boone’s mission is to empower individuals and transform communities through art and activism.
Three Japanese mothers, who lived through the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture, travel to Belarus to meet mothers who lived through the 1986 nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl. By sharing their experiences and their pain, the Fukushima mothers discover hints for overcoming the past and for moving forward.
In a temple nestled among the rice fields in rural Japan, Zen Buddhist monk Ittetsu Nemoto is devoted to his life’s work: preventing suicides. He does anything to help them rediscover their will to live. But Nemoto's work begins to take a toll on his family and health, and he must learn to draw the line between his patients and his own life.
100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice
Elouise Cobell's relentless pursuit of justice led her to find remedy for over half a million Native American account holders whose funds were held by the U.S. government in trust for a century. 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice is the compelling story of this little known hero, and petite Blackfeet warrior, and how she prevailed.
Learn about the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. Through archival footage and interviews, Mankiller examines the life of one of the country’s most important woman leaders.
Reel South: Alabama Bound
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a community that lives with frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.
Armed with Faith
In northwest Pakistan, the KPK Bomb Disposal Unit is trying to stop the region from falling into the hands of terrorists - working with “faith and passion alone.” Armed with Faith follows unit members who actively put their lives at risk for the people of their country. With families to support, they must decide: Is the job worth the risk?
The Invisible Patients
Through the story of Jessica Macleod, a dedicated nurse practitioner, and her four homebound patients, The Invisible Patients sheds light on some of the most urgent healthcare issues facing the country today. It challenges us to wrestle with healthcare policy, and as importantly, asks how to care for all persons with dignity and respect.
Reel South: First Lady of the Revolution
Henrietta Boggs finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. First Lady of the Revolution portrays a courageous woman who escaped the confines of a sheltered existence to help nurture a young democracy.
In 2012, The Vatican censured American nuns. Radical Grace follows three U.S. nuns, who refused to back down and continued to challenge the patriarchal system, are willing to lose it all and risk their place within the Catholic Church for their devotion to social justice and to meet their higher calling - to apply their faith to action.
Independent Lens: Dolores
With unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's film Dolores chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the '70s, to her continued work as a fearless activist.
Fate of a Salesman
Across the United States, urban neighborhoods are "improving" but at what cost to those who live and work there? Fate of a Salesman illustrates the loss of identity and legacy, and a vanishing future for the owner, salesmen and customers of a small men's clothing business challenged by gentrification in Washington, D.C.