Film Collection

All films are available to the campus community. Please contact the Women's Center at 513-745-3940 to check out a film.

1000 Women and a Dream

In this film, the camera accompanies the "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005" project which was designed to highlight the commitment and efforts of women who, far from the public eye, are working for peace. The film by Gabriela Neuhaus and Angelo Scudeletti shows brief portraits of some of the women nominated for the Prize and gives substance to their peace work in the field. It tells the moving stories of women like Maggie Barankitse who saved the lives of thousands of children during the massacres in the civil war in Burundi and gave them a future. Or Nasseb Mohammad Shaikh in Gujarat (India), who lost her husband, daughter and more than 30 close relatives in the racist witch hunts and arson attacks of 2002, now goes from village to village, fighting hatred between people.

40 Years of Women at Xavier

Xavier University went co-educational in 1969, and we celebrate the contributions of Xavier women throughout the academic year 2009-2010! View thehistorical retrospective video created for the October 19, 2009 kickoff celebration dinner to honor outstanding alumnae from Xavier's three colleges and Edgecliff College. Part of the "40 Years of Women at Xavier" year-long series of events.

After the Wave

When the Asian Tsunami struck in December 2004, over 200,000 people were killed and 1.5 million were left homeless. In this episode of Earth Report we ask what lessons have been learned from this tragedy? With so much reconstruction money flooding into the region, are these countries rebuilding better than before or has this unique opportunity been squandered? We travel to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to investigate what has happened ?after the wave.?

Beyond Good & Evil: Children, Media & Violent Times

The belief that good triumphs over evil resonates deeply in our psyche through religious, cultural, and political discourses. It is also a common theme in the entertainment media where the struggle between good and evil is frequently resolved through violence. The potential negative impact of media violence on children has long been a public concern. It is even more troubling when U.S. military violence, both in the news and in the entertainment, is often glorified as heroic and patriotic. Children's worlds of fantasy and reality collided when our political leaders, in response to the September 11th tragedy, simplified the complex international relationships into a fight between good and evil. The Bush administration used the narrative strategically and the news media perpetuated it with enthusiasm pumping up patriotism and generating public support for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. This video examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, has helped children to dehumanize the enemies, justify their killing and treat the suffering of innocent civilians as necessary sacrifice.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs

Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment. Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being.

Captive Audience: Advertising Invades the Classroom

For marketers who wish to reach the lucrative youth market, the relatively uncluttered medium of the school environment represents the final frontier access to a captive audience of millions of students. Meanwhile dwindling federal, state, and local funding for education has left many schools vulnerable to the advertisers pitch. As a result, commercialism has steadily increased in America?s public schools in recent years, often with little or no public awareness. Captive Audience examines this growing phenomenon through numerous examples of in-school advertising; interviews with teachers, students, parents, and activists; and a case study of community action to oppose an exclusive soda contract in the Pittsburgh school district. Media scholars and critics including Alex Molnar, Professor of Education Policy, Arizona State University; Henry Giroux, Professor in Secondary Education, Pennsylvania State University; No Logo author Naomi Klein; and Bill Hoynes, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Vassar College offer a broad look at the issues at stake. Captive Audience is a compelling expose of the transformation of classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and textbooks into advertising vehicles. It explores how education is short-changed and democracy is at risk when schools become marketplaces and commercialism goes to the head of the class.

Century of Women, A

Every generation has a story to tell. This landmarkprogram tells the story of women in the 20th century ? how they lived, loved, worked, played, and, most importantly, changed the course of American history. Using diaries, letters, and personal memoirs, A Century of Women brings women of the past to life again with never-before-seen archival film, photographs and interviews that retrace the extraordinary events that changed women?s lives. This unusual and entertaining storytelling is facilitated by an original drama woven throughout the show via a fictional family. As members of this fictional family, portrayed by Academy Award® winning actresses, talk about their own lives, we move into the factual stories of women from the past whose stories are told by outstanding actresses, including Sally Field, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Glenn Close, and Cicely Tyson. Jane Fonda provides the program?s overall narration. The Women's Center has the following three chapters of the series:

  • ?Image and Popular Culture? explores the changing concepts of ?ideal beauty? and how women see themselves. From the silver screen to television, through music, dance, and art, the changing image of women is an important and entertaining part of the 20th century. Roseanne Arnold, Carol Burnett, Twyla Tharp, Chris Evert, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Maya Angelou are among the contributors offering their insight in this definitive program about women and their role in shaping America. (95 mins.)
  • ?Sexuality and Social Justice? is a comprehensive look at women?s efforts to shape their own destinies and establish a system of justice not only for themselves, but for all Americans. The issues touched upon range from the valiant Margaret Sanger?s crusade to provide all women a means of birth control to the Women?s Liberation Movement. Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Grace Slick, Shere Hite, Barbara Boxer and Joan Baez are among the contributors offering their insight in this definitive program about women and their role in shaping America. (95 mins.)
  • ?Work and Family? deals with the struggle of women trying to have it all ? work, marriage and motherhood. The balancing act of labor and love is not an invention of the ?90s. For many women, in the early years of the century, it was a matter of life or death. From the Founders of the PTA to the early union leaders and First Ladies, this program details stories of women as wives, mothers, and workers. Betty Friedan and Pat Schroeder are among the contributors offering their insight in this definitive program about women and their role in shaping America. (95 mins.)

Class Dismissed: How TV frames the working class

Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows. Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants -- stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy. Class Dismissed breaks important new ground in exploring the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality intersect with class, offering a more complex reading of television's often one-dimensional representations. The video also links television portrayals to negative cultural attitudes and public policies that directly affect the lives of working class people.

Deadly Persuasion: The Advertising of Alcohol & Tobacco

In Deadly Persuasion: the Advertising of Alcohol & Tobacco, Jean Kilbourne exposes the manipulative marketing strategies and tactics used by the tobacco and alcohol industries to keep Americans hooked on their dangerous products. Illustrating her analysis with hundreds of current advertising examples from mainstream and trade sources, Kilbourne presents a compelling argument that these cynical industries have a clear and deep understanding of the psychology of addiction an understanding they exploit to create and feed a life-threatening dependency on their products. Deadly Persuasion casts a critical eye on the corporate interests that lie behind the industries whose products kill more than 450,000 Americans each year.

Foundations of Courage: A Cry to Freedom

Freedom has and always will be a core value in the hearts of Americans. Throughout history, key events have shaped the American fabric in the name of freedom. The Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights movement, and The Women?s Movement are moments we hold in such regard and remember with clarity ? that it seems these events happened just yesterday. In this special BET presentation, Foundations of Courage: A Cry to Freedom traces the African-American woman?s experience from the shackles of slavery to marching on Washington to reaching social equality. Proving that Civil Liberties are not just a right, but they are necessary for us all as we strive for a better tomorrow. Theirs is a courageous spirit of lifelong pursuits for equality. Hosted by Angela Bassett. Presented by BET, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Procter & Gamble.

Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games

Video and computer games represent a $6 billion a year industry. One out of every ten households in America owns a Sony Playstation. Children who own video game equipment play an average of ten hours per week. And yet, despite capturing the attention of millions of children worldwide, video games remain one of the least scrutinized cultural industries. Game Over is the first educational documentary to address the fastest growing segment of the media through engaging questions of gender, race and violence. Game Over offers a refreshing dialogue about the complex and controversial topic of video game violence, and is designed to encourage high school and college students to think critically about the video games they play.

Grounds for Hope

Since the 1990s the watershed on the Mexico/Guatemala border has come under pressure from agriculture, pollution and poor land management linked to coffee farming in the region. But recently there?s been a sea change driven by the coffee industry itself. Global demand for certified and organically grown coffee is booming ? and producing a dividend for river systems in an area that currently produces half the world?s coffee.

Iron Jawed Angels

Taking a fresh and contemporary look at a pivotal event in American history, Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hillary Swank (Boys Don't Cry, Insomnia) and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O'Connor (Windtalkers, Artificial Intelligence: AI), took the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.


Don't miss the outrageously offbeat comedy hit that has everyone talking -- and laughing! Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) is a cool, confident teenager who takes a nine-month detour into adulthood when she's faced with an unplanned pregnancy -- and sets out to find the perfect parents for her baby. With the help of her charmingly unassuming boyfriend (Michael Cera), supportive dad (J.K. Simmons), and no-nonsense stepmom (Allison Janney), Juno sets her sights on an affluent couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) longing to adopt their first child.

Lorax, The

The award-winning tale of The Lorax tells the story of the greedy, tree-chopping Once-lers and the brave little Lorax who speaks up for the vanishing forest. See the animated Dr. Seuss television classic brilliantly remastered, along with a bonus show: Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano.

Maria Full of Grace

HBO Films and Fine Line Features present the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival award winner, Maria Full of Grace. The film tells the story of one young woman?s journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York. A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel ? in fact, she becomes a drug ?mule? ? changes the course of her life.

Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life. Directed by Joshua Marston, the film is in Spanish, with English sub-titles. An HBO Films/Fine Line Features release, Maria Full of Grace was honored with the Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and two awards at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival: Catalina Sandino Moreno shared the Silver Bear for Best Actress with Charlize Theron of Monster, and the film won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Best First Feature for director Joshua Marston.

Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music

Of all mass cultural forms, popular music has historically been characterized by the greatest independence for artists and allowing access to a broader diversity of voices. However, in the contemporary period, this independence is being threatened by a shrinking number of record companies, the centralization of radio ownership and play lists, and the increasing integration of popular music into the broader advertising and commercial aspects of the market. Narrated by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Money for Nothing features interviews with hip-hop legend and pioneer Chuck D, respected independent artist Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti of Spearhead, and Riot Grrrl co-founder Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre). It also includes interviews with popular music historian Professor Reebee Garafolo, ex-Rolling Stone editor Dave Marsh, political economist Robert W. McChesney, and Shirley Halperin, editor of BOP magazine. Money for Nothing succinctly explains how popular music is produced and marketed, and offers an accessible critique of the current state of popular music.

Mother Earth Collection

This incredible wide-screen collection features ten award-winning films first seen in IMAX and other giant screen theaters. These ten beautiful and breathtaking movies were independently produced with the goal of exposing viewers to the wonders of our world and the need to understand and preserve it. Whether you are already a world traveler or hope to one day get there, these seven hours are filled with the most magnificent and magical sights and sounds available! The 10-DVD collection includes: Africa: The Serengeti; Alaska: Spirit of the Wild; Antarctica; Australia; Amazing Journeys; Bears; Great North; Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance; Ocean Oasis; and Ocean Origins.

No Logo: Brands, Globalization & Resistance

In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world?s best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can the targets of anti-corporate campaigns by activists and protestors? No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analyzing how brands like Nike, The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products (outsourced to low-wage workers in developing countries), but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles. Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work the dynamics of corporate globalization impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the democratic resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands.

Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television

How are we to make sense of the transformation in gay representation-- from virtual invisibility before 1970 to the "gay chic" of today? Off the Straight & Narrow is the first in-depth documentary to cast a critical eye over the growth of gay images on TV. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the social implications of these new representations. Off the Straight & Narrow challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them. The video is an invaluable tool for all educators interested in introducing students to issues of representation and diversity in the media.

Place of Women in the History of Xavier, The

Academic Vice President and Provost Dr. Roger Fortinvisited the Women's Center on November 13, 2008 to discuss the history of women at Xavier University, from the earliest beginnings in 1883, to the 1969 shift to co-education, to present day. From the "(thinking) outside the (lunch)BoX" series.

Powerful Medicine

Fully one-fourth of all modern drugs are based on extracts from only a few plants. However, folk doctors around the world therapeutically employ many thousands of plants still unexamined by western science. The extinction of 500 plant species each year threatens us with the loss of invaluable medicinal treasures. Powerful Medicine visits scientists striving to save the lives of these life-saving plants. ?Genetic librarians? frantically collect and preserve the seeds and pollen of endangered species. Marine biologists gather and test promising ocean organisms. Deep in the Amazon rain forest ethno-botanists urgently salvage a few wonder cures before they disappear forever. (44 mins.)

Real Women Have Curves

Should she leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sister's struggling garment factory? It may seem like an easy decision, but for 18-year-old Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. At home, she is bound to a mother who wants her to become someone she's not. But at school, she's encouraged by a teacher who sees her potential, and adored by a boyfriend who loves her for who she is. Right now, Ana may be making clothes for less shapely women. But she's about to discover that real women take chances, have flaws, embrace live, and above all, have curves!

Redefining Peace: Women Lead the Way

The united and spirited efforts of women in creating, conserving peace in India have been documented in a film titled Redefining Peace: Women Lead the Way, produced by SANGAT and Visual Aids Productions and directed by renowned, activist film maker K.P. Sasi from India. This one hour documentary showcases the history of the 1000 Women for Nobel Peace Prize 2005 initiative and profiles ten peace women from different regions of India, connected to various people?s movements namely Magline Peter from the Fishworkers movement, Medha Patkar from Narmada Bachao Andolan, Teesta Setalvad, lawyer-journalist and her struggle against the fascist state and fundamentalist political forces. It features C.K.Janu who is struggling for rights of indigenous people and adivasis, Sharmila Irom, a young woman who is using non-violent mechanism to challenge and demand repeal of draconian laws in North East India. The film highlights the work of four grassroots women Lataben Sachde, Parmeben Sava, Alkaben Jani, Meghiben Samariya from Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghthan, Gujarat and their struggle for sustainable health, education and livelihoods for masses.

Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol

Spin the Bottle offers an indispensable critique of the role that contemporary popular culture plays in glamorizing excessive drinking and high-risk behaviors. Award-winning media critics Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne contrast these distorted representations with the often disturbing and dangerous ways that alcohol consumption affects the lives of real young men and women. Illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Katz and Kilbourne decode the power and influence these seductive media images have in shaping gender identity, which is linked to the use of alcohol. Nowhere is this link more cause for concern than on Americas college campuses. By exploring the college party scene, Spin the Bottle shows the difficulties students have in navigating a cultural environment saturated with messages about gender and alcohol. Interviews with campus health professionals provide a clear picture of how drinking impacts student health and academic performance, but it is the students own experiences and reflections that tell the real story behind alcohol?s alluring public image. Spin the Bottle concludes with concrete strategies for countering the ubiquitous presence of alcohol propaganda and challenges young people to make conscious decisions about their own lives.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationawide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy.

Tale of Two Cities, A

A Tale of Two Cities explores both London and Beijing today - both cities will host the Olympics partly on green promises of future sustainability, but do they measure up? This Earth Report sets out to audit the green credentials of both cities, looking at five key criteria: power, transport, food, waste and water. We ask if both cities can sustain themselves in the future without draining the earth?s resources, and whether they will deliver on their Olympic promises.

Women of Excellence: Sara Mathew

Sara Mathew presents "Leadership from a Woman's Perspective" at the Women of Excellence Luncheon on March 12th 2008 at Xavier University. Sara Mathew is the president and chief operating officer of Dun & Bradstreet, a provider of business and risk information based in New York.

Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying & Battering

Wrestling with Manhood is the first educational program to pay attention to the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth, addressing its relationship to real-life violence and probing the social values that sustain it as a powerful cultural force. Richly illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz - the award-winning creators of the videos Dreamworlds and Tough Guise, respectively - offer a new way to think about the enduring problems of men?s violence against women and bullying in our schools. Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, they show how so-called "entertainment" is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men." Designed to engage the wrestling fan as well as the cultural analyst, Wrestling with Manhood will provoke spirited debate about some of our most serious social problems.

You Got to Move

A stirring documentary about personal and social transformation, You Got to Move shows the struggles by ?ordinary plain-folks? against injustice. Their stories are told in their own words, with historical photos and films, and to foot-stomping music. The film covers community actions against strip mining in Kentucky, toxic waste dumping in Tennessee, and illiteracy and discrimination in South Carolina. These grassroots movements all gained impetus from the legendary Highland Folk School. For over 50 years the School has catalyzed communication and community change. This film joyfully demonstrates what the School teaches, that people do count and can make a difference! (87 mins.)

what?s your point, honey?

what?s your point, honey? puts a new face on political leadership and introduces seven possible contenders coming down the pipeline, while revealing inequalities that still exist today. Six years ago, with the support of the White House Project, COSMOgirl! launched Project 2024, to get more young women involved in politics so that we could see a day when just as many women as men run for the highest office in the country ? getting beyond gender to agenda.