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Status of Women Video Resources

The videos listed below are available to borrow from the  BCTF Information Services Department.

  • Avenue Zero: Asian girls are enslaved in suburban massage parlours. Domestic workers toil like slaves in suburban homes. Girls in a Montreal subway station are lured into prostitution. Vancouver gangs recruit Honduran boys to sell drugs...Human trafficking is a reality today, and it's happening closer to home than you might think. Featuring candid interviews with victims, witnesses, and perpetrators, Avenue Zero paints a spellbinding portrait of a dark and sinister trade flourishing in the shadows of the law.
  • Constitute! tells the story of the largest social mobilization of women in Canadian history in the 20th century. Led by the Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women and the Constitution, women and other activists across the country fought to gain stronger equality provisions entrenched in the newly repatriated Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Sections 15 and 28). Constitute! educates and informs about how important citizen engagement is for democracy in Canada and beyond. Interviews, speeches, songs, debates and images tell the story of what happened on that cold Valentine's Day in 1981.
  • Daughters of Afghanistan: Journalist Sally Armstrong exposes the ongoing struggles of women in modern Afghanistan by following the lives of five courageous women from diverse backgrounds.
  • End Violence: For the Dignity of Every Woman is an educational resource kit for raising awareness about violence against women in schools and communities. Topics include violence in relationships, sexual assault, rape, child abuse, dating abuse, and criminal harassment.
  • Generation M: Misogyny in Media & Culture looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture.
  • Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women: Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.
  • Leaving Bountiful follows Debbie Palmer, who left the polygamous community of Bountiful and subsequently loses all power, resources and grace within the community. As her adversary tightens control, Debbie sets her house on fire, flees and ultimately becomes a crusader against what she calls the “illegal cross-border trade in Canadian and American female children for sexual and breeding purposes.”
  • Men Speak Up: Ending Violence Together: FiftNew Linkeen male leaders from various sectors and various communities across BC share their perspectives with the hope of motivating other men to live violence free and become part of the solution.
  • Status Quo? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada 87 min, 2013, Secondary
    Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Rich with archival material and startling contemporary stories, Status Quo? uncovers answers that are provocative and at times shocking. Educator's Guide available.
  • The mask you live in is a documentary that examines the negative impacts boys face as a result of societal norms of masculinity portrayed in the media, by peers, and adults.
  • Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity: argues that widespread violence in American society—including school shootings and bullying—needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. Tough Guise is extensively illustrated with examples from popular culture, ranging from Howard Stern to Stone Cold Steve Austin, from Good Will Hunting to Boyz 'N the Hood, from Garth Brooks to hip-hop.
  • V-Day: Until the Violence Stops chronicles how Eve Ensler's hit Broadway solo show "The Vagina Monologues" grew into V-Day, an international grassroots movement dedicated to stopping violence against women and girls.
  • Vessel follows the efforts of the Dutch pro-choice organization Women on waves, to increase access to female reproductive rights.

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    Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: Violence against women and the due diligence standard—a three-part series

    1. Part 1/3
    2. Part 2/3
    3. Part 3/3

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