Recommended Films

Vivid Red

Andra Roman | Romania | 2016 | 3 mins
A film about empowerment, using your inner voice and about being yourself regardless of what you might perceive as flaws or weaknesses.

We Live in the 21st Century!

Hilda Hashempour | Canada | 2007 | 4 mins
An experimental film about the global pandemic of violence and discrimination against women in the 21st century.

Ms. Ma and Her Literacy Class

Aide et Action | China | 2008 | 11 mins
Increasing literacy among women remains a global struggle. In Ningxia Province, where one fifth of the Muslim population in China lives, we meet Ms. Ma, the backbone of Aid et Action’s literacy project.

Take Care

Afrooz Nasersharif | Iran | 2013 | 6 mins
An experimental film which experientially explores the psychological state and treatment of women living in Iran expressed through shades of blue and harrowing repetition.

Words From A Silence

Penda Diakité | USA & Mali | 2014 | 6 mins
A bi-cultural woman of color from the United States and Mali conveys thoughts, feelings, and experiences of her multi-layered identities.

Without My Dreams

Afrooz Nasersharif | Iran | 2016 | 7 mins
Before their childhood and innocence is lost to time, two young girls exercise their right to be free.

White Stain

Kayla Tong | USA | 2015 | 9 mins
A young woman is perpetually haunted by the darkest memories of her life. Every touch of the demons who sexually assaulted her imprints a permanent white stain.

No Woman

Yama Rauf | Afghanistan | 2015 | 3 mins
In fundamentalist Islamic countries, men determine the fate of women, who struggle to be heard and have a place of dignity in society. But behind the masks of authority and patriarchy, there are kind and simple men; it is time to remove the masks.

My Motherland

Fazila Amiri & Hangama Amiri | Canada & Afghanistan | 2015 | 5 mins
The psychology of Afghan women under decades of war and oppression depicted through visual sequences combining intermingling scenes from both the realms of reality and dreams.


Yalitsa Riden | Canada | 2015 | 5 mins
Drowning in an internal sea of personal sorrow, a mother endures the world around her, waiting to be left alone.

Unwearable Functional: Akinetic Mutism

Heejoo Kim | USA | 2015 | 5 mins
Society attempts to strip a woman of her self-expression by clothing her in oppressive garments of expectation, yet still, the seeks a path to self-liberation.

Diary of Reflection

Penda Diakité | USA & Mali | 2012 | 3 mins
A bi-cultural woman of color processes the overwhelming pressure to conform to the image of the ideal woman as dictated by pop culture media.

After Work

Mengna Lei | China, USA | 2016 | 3 mins
The taboos surrounding sex, love, and intimacy in modern Chinese society are grappled within every home.

Where Are the Men?

Taraneh Salke | Afghanistan, USA | 2011 | 15 mins
Successful family planning, improved women’s health, and development in Afghanistan require the support of the country’s men as well as the women. Yet, in a place where women require men’s permission to leave the house, seek health care, or use contraceptives, how will this come about?

The Ripple Effect

Sarah Jahaan Khan | Pakistan | 2015 | 6 mins
Access to safe water transforms the lives of rural women in Pakistan, giving them the freedom to pursue new opportunities for earning an income to invest in their families.

Afghanistan Women in the 1393 Election

Roya Sadat and Alka Sadat | Afghanistan | 2015 | 15 mins
Afghan women defied Taliban threats by participating in the election that determined former-President Hamid Karzai’s successor. Amid allegations of systematic electoral fraud, a runoff prolonged the process for six months as NATO troops withdrew.


Clare Unsworth | UK | 2015 | 3 mins
A diverse group of women powerfully join together to name and challenge issues of everyday sexism.


Kel Hanney | USA | 2015 | 14 mins
Consider the pivotal points of three women: one must decide her role in assisted suicide, another reveals that she was sexually abused to her partner, and a third woman must decide how she lives with cancer. Would you decide the same?

Beautiful Beast!

Roya Sadat | Afghanistan | 2015 | 5 mins
A music video for the band Tapei Teahouse raising global awareness of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan.