I am not sure if the post regarding Women Make Movies as a resources was meant to be comprehensive list. My take on Women Make Movies is that it is an organization that particularly supports women film makers in places other than the United States. So while I think your concern to not overlook abuses in the USA is a valuable one (and was probably already held by most on this email list), I think Women Making Movies is just one source among others. It is up to the individual educator to create a balance curriculum. On that note however, I can say this as well. Having recently tried to find films related to human rights issues and gender in the United States for a course I am teaching, I can tell you I came up empty. So, if someone (perhaps you Dan), knows of films that address human rights and gender in a US context, and could develop a similar list, that would be a terrific contribution to this list. Todd At 2/23/2006, Daniel Jordan wrote: With all due respect for what seem some fine films, I have a criticism of the overall listings. Having not seen the movies, of course, I can only respond to the abstracts written of them. While honorable, I suggest that the movies at this site have their own perverse form of discrimination. Not one deals with discrimination in the United States. Thus, the viewer can be left with the impression that everything is fine here in the US, that human rights violations are problems of those "other" people, not of us. This runs the risk of contributing the he myth of the US carrying the torch for human rights, that if everyone else just did things the way we do, then the world would be good. Of course nothing is further from the truth. Where is a movie on sex trafficking in the US? Where is the movie on US sweatshops? On the so-called welfare reform initiative that has thrown millions into deeper poverty. This runs the risk of coming across as just one more way in which American culture is held up as the gold standard for everything and it is those awful other (typically of color) people who need to be educated in our way of doing things. I apologize if that sounds harsh, it is not intended to be, but rather to suggest that care needs to be taken and that it is so easy to stumble. But when we do, to catch ourselves and keep going. On Monday, February 20, 2006, at 05:25 AM, Olivia Newman (Women Make Movies) wrote: > International Human Rights Collection now available from Women Make > Movies! > > Featuring Academy Award nominated GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA, the > International Human Rights Collection tackles crucial human rights > issues from sex-trafficking in Bosnia to prisoner abuse in Israel. > Screened in over 25 countries around the world, these vital works have > garnered awards at the most prestigious film festivals worldwide. > > Save up to 65% with our Special Collection pricing! Buy any 5 films, > and get 2005 Releases for just $99 each. > > To see the complete collection and ordering information, visit: > http://www.wmm.com/news/announcements_pressreleases/announcement_humanrights.htm > > > HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION INCLUDE: <snip> [***Moderator's note: The full message is available in the archives of the North American HRE List: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/msg00463.html ***] ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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