Recommended Films

Under The Scarf

Ana Antuna, Mehrin Ashraf, Michelle Leon & Cheyenne Williams | USA | 2018 | 6 mins
Mehrin, like any other teenage girl, tries to navigate her way through high school. Once the scarf is on, she’s deemed a stereotype. This film is one of four short social impact documentaries created co-produced by GlobalGirl Media + Women’s Voices Now, summer 2018.

She’s Got Game

Marisela Lopez, Adriana Mendoza & Sissi Rivas | USA | 2019 | 7 mins
This film exposes the underfunding and inequity young female athletes face throughout their time in school.

Onyi: The Path to Finding Me

Tamara Sims, Elissa Fong & Brigette Barrales | USA | 2019 | 6 mins
The media often portrays unrealistic standards that damage self-esteem and confidence of those who do not meet “ideal” beauty standards. This film focuses on Onyi, who, despite the pressures of society, is unapologetically herself.

not Quite Here, not Quite There

Diana Peña, Emily Ponce & Kianna Teachout | USA | 2019 | 5 mins
Media representations of immigrants dehumanize the people they portray. not Quite Here, not Quite There is a visual companion to a poem written by Diana Peña, focusing on the undocumented experience.

Code Red

Eva Bassel, Rickeyna Fields, Estrella Lopez, Erika Martinez & Celeste Vaca | USA | 2018 | 6 mins
Entering womanhood isn’t always easy. When encountering periods, women and young girls often have to “go with the flow”. Presenting scientific facts and personal experiences with a comedic edge, “Code Red” de-stigmatizes period talk. This film is one of four short social-impact documentaries co-produced by GlobalGirl Media + Women’s Voices Now, summer 2018.

Throwing Shade(s)

Phalaen Chang, Catherine Gudino, Imani Nahale-Salazar, Lalah Nicholson & Jackie Ramirez | USA | 2018 | 6 mins
A look at colorism and the stigmas faced by the underground drag performance community of Los Angeles, California. This film is one of four short social-impact documentaries co-produced by GlobalGirl Media + Women’s Voices Now, summer 2018.

Everywhere We Go

Arielle Davis, Elaina Guerrero, Keianna Johnson, Josie Ramirez & Angie Rodriguez | USA | 2018 | 6 mins
Following teenagers in the POC community who are battling mental illness and how it affects them in their everyday life. This film is one of four short social-impact documentaries co-produced by GlobalGirl Media + Women’s Voices Now, summer 2018.

Beauty Fear Violence

Anouk Phéline | France & USA | 2017 | 6 mins
A young woman goes home alone at night and thinks about death. Then come the screams. But what is a scream? And who is prey? This visual essay depicts a film noir Los Angeles ruled by violence against women and an unexpected tone.

His Cucumber

Sharine Atif | Egypt | 2015 | 4 min
An Egyptian woman shares her story about a man who sexually harasses her while at the market. Instead of ignoring him as most women would do, she confronts him with a shocking and unexpected tone.

Ballad for Syria

Eda Elif Tibet | Turkey | 2016 | 48 min
A musical documentary of the life of Maisa Alhafez, a musician and a Syrian refugee living in Istanbul, who founded the Istanbul Mosaic Oriental Choir, a multi-cultural choir that sings to raise awareness of peace building and rehabilitation.

A Maculate Non-conception

Inna Denisova | Russia | 2018 | 93 mins
A documentary film following the journey of a woman over the age of 40 trying to become a mother.

Justice for Comfort Women

Margot Smith | USA | 1996 | 4 mins
An interview with a Filipina comfort woman survivor, Nelia Sancho of Lila Filipina, on how women were abused during World War II by Japanese invaders, and the need for reparations.


Morissa Maltz | USA | 2018 | 52 mins
Ingrid is an intimate look at a woman who left her life as a successful fashion designer and mother in Texas to become a reclusive hermit, immersed in nature and focused on creating art.

A Different Way

Lauren Merkley | USA | 2019 | 4 mins
A Different Way, is a short documentary about Rev. Dr. Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, the New York Police Department’s first female chaplain. While chaplain, the tragic events of 9/11 happened. She shares her story firsthand as a first responder, and discusses the essential role faith plays in supporting and rebuilding community and business in such times.

30%: Women and Politics in Sierra Leone

Anna Cady | Sierra Leone | 2013 | 11 mins
The use of oil painted animation brings to life the stories of three powerful women in post conflict Sierra Leone, revealing the violence and corruption women face as they fight for fairer representation in the governance of their country.

La Flor Settlers

Florencia Bohtlingk | Argentina | 2017 | 57 min
A portrait of a small farming and herding village in the Misiones Jungle, Argentina. Testimonies of the arrival to the place with little or almost nothing are mixed with affective histories and the daily tasks of food provision. La Flor Settlers is a pictorial and human documentary about the feeling of belonging and the struggle for the land.

Dear Mother

Matthew Kaundart | USA | 2017 | 5 mins
A visual letter filmed over a year explores the relationship between a Korean adoptee and the mother she’s never known.

The Bus Trip

Sarah Gampel | Israel, Palestine & Sweden | 2017 | 14 mins
Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except she finds the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.

Zaza Rising

Lena Strothe | Rwanda | 2017 | 11 mins
Zaza Rising tells the timely story of Christine Nyirahabimana, a Rwandan woman who started a small bakery in rural Rwanda, hiring 10 HIV positive, single mothers as her employees.

Girls Level Up

Anne Edgar | USA | 2017 | 8 mins
An inspiring voice in the conversation about the future of women in the video game industry, GIRLS LEVEL UP profiles a summer camp where girls are given three weeks to make their own video game demo. Camp Founder Laila Shabir, who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East before coming to the United States, provides a unique perspective on the challenges facing girls who love video games and dream of making them.

Female Condoms Are My Power

Jaime Jacobsen | Mozambique | 2013 | 5 mins
In Mozambique, sexually active women play a game of roulette with their health. Only 1 in 5 women use contraception and more than 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 29 are HIV positive.