Documentary recommendations

Excellent documentaries to consider watching – alone or with a group.  A few local NC NOW chapters plan to show “The Vessel” as the annual Roe Event on Jan. 28, 2016.  CNN just showed “The Hunting Ground” nationally in the third week of November of last year.  Raleigh NOW screened Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture in 2012. 


1) The Hunting Ground exposes the massive problem of rape and sexual assault on college campuses around the nation.  It highlights NC’s own UNC-CH campus.

“From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.”

More on the film at  (including trailer) Came out in 2015.

More on the problem at Do-you-know-how-unsafe-universities-are-for-undergraduate-women

They now have a shorter version (45 minutes) that is more appropriate for young teens.

2) The Vessel inspires!

“A sea captain navigates through loopholes in international law to provide abortions on the high seas.”

” Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.

Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades. But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.” Came out in 2014.

3) Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture

See and hear the professor who made this documentary talk about it at

Recognize these things??
– the hyper-sexualization of commercial products aimed at girls
– the explosion of violence in video games aimed at boys
– the near-hysterical sexist rants of hip-hop artists and talk radio shock jocks
– the harsh, patronizing caricatures of femininity and feminism that reverberate throughout the mainstream of American popular culture.

Worried about yourself, your children, your relatives?

Explore this topic with the documentary Generation M: Women in Media and Culture.

Appropriate for all women, including older women and teenage girls. Appropriate for men and teen boys too of course! 

Purchase and find other related links (like a study guide) at Came out in 2008

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