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This guide lists only a small portion of films in the Music & Media Center related to LGBTIQA issues. Visit the Music & Media Center to find more.
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The titles listed to the right are a small selection of films related to LGBTIQA studies. All of these titles and more are located in the Music & Media Center (Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor) and are available for circulation.

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Selected Titles from Recent Acquisitions

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The Men's Story Project: Out Loud! - Dir. Josie Lehrer
Call Number: DVD 2014- 0017
Publication Date: 2013
Highlights diverse Chilean men--celebrities, community leaders, and first-time presenters--sharing personal stories about masculinity and gender relationships. The stories explore social ideas about masculinity and gender relations, and links of these with topics including family relationships; substance abuse; bullying; aging; the evolution of men's social roles; domestic violence; homosexuality and the Church; transgender identity and LGBT rights; HIV/AIDS; fatherhood in the context of divorce...

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Gen Silent - Dir. Stu Maddux
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0346
Publication Date: 2011
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse in the care setting that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep their elders from being silenced.

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Muxes - Dir. Alejandra Islas Caro
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0214
Publication Date: 2006
Among the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, boy babies who are born in a certain position, or little boys who prefer to play with girls, are raised as women, and are known as Muxes (pronounced "Mooshays"). The Muxes of Juchitán are proud of their identity, enjoy their lives, laugh at themselves as well as at "straight" society, and admit their own foibles freely. They call themselves "authentic, intrepid seekers of danger," and have banded together to lead the fight against AIDS in Oaxaca. In this documentary, they talk frankly about their experiences of acceptance and rejection, and their successes in finding freedom, love and delight in their special identity.

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Birth Story; Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives - Dir. Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore.
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0241
Publication Date: 2012
"[This film] captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune. Today as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, they fight to protect their knowledge and to promote respectful, safe maternity practices all over the globe. From the backs of their technicolor school buses, these pioneers rescued American midwifery from extinction, changed the way a generation approached pregnancy, and filmed nearly everything they did. With unprecedented access to the midwives' archival video collection, as well as modern day footage of life at the alternative intentional community where they live, this documentary shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it--unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring."

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TransAmerica - Dir. Duncan Tucker
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0236
Publication Date: 2006
Bree Osborne, a pre-operative transsexual, learns she fathered a child back when she was Stanley Osborne. The wheels of fortune take Bree and her teenaged son on a cross-country trip that will change both their lives.

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Sperm Donor X - Deirdre Fishel
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0123
Publication Date: 2010
Director Deirdre Fishel takes an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at her own experiences and that of three other diverse women as they opt for a life they never imagined-- to try to have children solo using donor sperm. From the strangeness and humor of picking an anonymous donor to the creation of joyous families of both biological and adopted children, Sperm Donor X provides a powerful challenge to old ideas about making a family.

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Sexual Stereotypes in the Media - Amy S. Weber
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0081
Publication Date: 2004
More than ever before, Americans are being bombarded--and acculturated--by the media, and only discerning individuals will recognize the sexual biases that all too often are a part of each day's worth of information and entertainment. This program focuses on identifying and looking beyond categorical stereotypes of women, men, gays, and lesbians.

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Black and White - Dir. Kirsty MacDonald
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0254
Publication Date: 2006
"In a small New Zealand hospital in 1953, the birth of Mani Bruce Mitchell caused a mild pandemonium. Fifty years later, Black and White interweaves the stories of this intersex activist and the acclaimed photographer Rebecca Swan, exploring their potent creative collaboration. This fascinating documentary introduces viewers to notions of fluid gender identity, challenging the rigid categories of 'male' and 'female'."

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Girl Inside - Dir. Maya Gallus
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0258
Publication Date: 2007
Follows Madison B. during her three-year transition from male to female. Focuses especially on Madison's relationship with her grandmother, with whom she discusses issues of gender, femininity and sexuality.

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Two Spirits - Dir. Lydia NIbley
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0293
Publication Date: 2009
Examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of a gay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nádleehí, or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered in a hate crime at the age of sixteen. Discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality, and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine.

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Monuments are for Men, Waffles are for Women - Dir. Lynn T. Lovdal
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0406
Publication Date: 2000
Explores the concept of symbolic gender construction. A class at Ohio University provide discussion about the impermanence of work done by women and the permanence of work done by men in the United States. Categories examined are U.S. currency, holidays, last names, shopping, sports, language, vocations, and buildings.

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Boy I Am: A Documentary - Dir. Sam Feder and Julie Hollar
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0118
Publication Date: 2006
Follows the transitions of Nicco, Norie and Keegan, three young New Yorkers from different race and class backgrounds, as they prepare for and undergo female-to-male transition surgery. Their stories are interspersed with interviews with lesbians, activists and theorists who engage with the often-contentious questions and issues that are raised within the queer and feminist communities, but are rarely discussed openly.

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Soldier's Girl (feature film) - Dir. Frank Pierson
Call Number: DVD 2009- 4284
Publication Date: 2004
The true story of 21-year-old Army private Barry Winchell who falls in love with a trans-gendered night club singer. Barry ignites the jealous fury of his homophobic brothers-in-arms, particularly his roommate Justin, an anti-social misfit.

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Female Misbehavior - Dir. Monika Truet
Call Number: DVD 2010- 3993
Publication Date: 2006
One feature length and four short films exploring the outer limits of female sexuality and behaviour. Dr. Pagilia features a confrontational interview with the author of 'Sexual Personae' Camille Paglia. Annie is an inside look at Annie Sprinkle, porn star, performance artist and sexual diva. Bondage centers on an S & M practitioner, Carol, and her use of pain as pleasure. Max is the story of a transsexual's journey from female to male. The feature length film Didn't do it for love explores the fascinating life of Eva Norvind, the blond Norwegian bombshell who was Mexico's Marilyn Monroe in the 1960's and New York's leading dominatrix in the 1980s.

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You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men - Dir. Candace Schermerhorn and Bestor Cram
Call Number: DVD 2009- 0349
Publication Date: 200?
Provides honest and riveting portraits of six men who were once women. Through their commentaries and the experiences of partners, friends, and family emerges an unforgettable story of self-discovery.

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The Female Closet - Dir. Barbara Hammer
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0474
Publication Date: 1998
This fascinating film from renowned filmmaker Barbara Hammer combines rare footage, interviews, and rich visual documentation to survey the lives of variously closeted women artists from different segments of the 20th century: Victorian photographer Alice Austen, Weimar collagist Hannah Höch, and present day painter Nicole Eisenman. In a compelling examination of the art world's treatment of lesbians, Hammer documents how .... Examining the museum as closet, and the negotiation of visibility and secrecy in lesbian history, this thoughtful video is a provocative look at the relationship between art, life, and sexuality.

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Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives - Dir. Peter Adair
Call Number: DVD 2010- 4106
Publication Date: 2010 [1977]
Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation...this print is a restoration of the film's original 133 minute release version. Preservation elements have also been created for the film's 142 minute pre-release version.

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Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project - Dir. Charles Bennett Brack
Call Number: DVD 2009- 4188
Publication Date: 2008
This documentary tells the story of Sakia Gunn, a 15-year old African American lesbian who was fatally stabbed in gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. "The Sakia Gunn Film Project depicts the hate and homophobia that caused this murder to occur and questions the lack of media coverage of the murder of a Black gay teenager... The story unfolds with the testimonies of Sakia's family and friends during the sentencing hearing of the murderer. The hearing is inter-cut with interviews of LGBT community leaders, opinions of people in the community, interviews of Sakia's best friend, Valencia, and exclusive footage of Sakia's vigil. Dreams deferred pays homage to this young Aggressive and exposes the sensitive issues not often addressed regarding gender-identity, homophobia and racism

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Same Sex America - Dir. Henry Corra and Charlene Rule
Call Number: DVD 2010- 4040
Publication Date: 2005
In 2004, history was made when Massachusetts became the first state in the U.S. to sanction gay marriage. The film documents the stories of seven gay and lesbian couples on their emotional journey to the altar with the dramatic showdown at Massachusetts' constitutional convention. The film captures all the nuance of what may be the defining chapter in the history of the gay and lesbian struggle for equal rights. It also presents the viewpoints of gay and lesbian couples, their advocates and the proponents of traditional marriage.

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The Gay Marriage Thing - Dir. Stephanie Higgins
Call Number: DVD 2009- 4112
Publication Date: 2006
Gayle and Lorre, college sweethearts in their thirties, wish to file for a marriage license in Massachusetts. The film attempts to capture the controversy and the wide range of political, religious and personal opinions about the subject of gay marriage in order to facilitate dialogue and discussion on the matter.

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My Sister, My Bride - Dir. Bonnie Birt
Call Number: DVD 2010- 4217
Publication Date: 2004
J. Farrell Cafferata and Caren Jenkins, partners for five years, wanted to officially celebrate their commitment like an other couple in love, so when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in October 2002, Farrell and Caren came to San Francisco City Hall to be married in a civil ceremony. Together with thousands of other hopeful couples, they participated in what has become a defining moment for gay rights.

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Tying the Knot - Dir. Jim de Seve
Call Number: DVD 2010- 3764
Publication Date: 2005
An exploration of the political battle in the U.S. over gay marriage. Attempts to define the meaning of marriage, focusing on rights, privilege, and love.

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Anyone and Everyone - Dir. Susan Polis Schutz
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0684
Publication Date: 2007
Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences ... Individuals from such diverse or[i]gins as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee; as well as religions such as Mormon, Catholic, Hindus and others share intimate accounts of how their children revealed that they're homosexual and discuss their responses. The parents also talk about struggling with the pain their sons and daughters have dealt with, such as not being accepted by relatives and/or friends and being ostracized by religious congregations

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Boys Beware - The Inglewood Police Department
Call Number: DVD 2010- 3182
Publication Date: 2007 [1961]
A film produced in the 1960's warning children against homosexuals, claiming that they are pedophiles preying on young school children. A police officer explains the many techniques homosexuals (sexual predators) may use on children such as praise, companionship, money, presents and becoming over personal to win over a child's trust.

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Outrage - Dir. Kirby Dick
Call Number: DVD 2010- 0023
Publication Date: 2009
Reveals politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and more.

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Gender Me: Homosexuality in the World of Islam - Dir. Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen
Call Number: DVD 2009- 0351
Publication Date: 2008
Filmmaker Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen explores what it's like to be both gay and Muslim.

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Laramie Inside Out - Dir. Beverly Seckinger
Call Number: DVD 2010- 3349
Publication Date: 2004
Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger, a native of Laramie, Wyoming, returns to talk with students, teachers, parents, and clergy about the impact Matthew Shepard's murder has had on their community.

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For the Bible Tells Me So - Dir. Daniel Karslake
Call Number: DVD 2010- 3996
Publication Date: 2007
This documentary tells the stories of five Christian families coming to terms with their gay and lesbian children, in an America where thanks to social forces clashing, the very atmosphere seems filled with hatred, old-fashioned prejudice, and fear of the other. Amidst scholars parsing the Old and New Testaments, there are copious archival photographs, illustrations of biblical scenes, and a thoughtful and constructive exploration of the need for spirituality and family relationships in human life. The irony, of course, is that the people who would benefit most from an encounter with the film--fundamentalists, gay bashers, leaders of the ex-gay movement, and the like--are the folks least likely to see it or be open to its message of tolerance.

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Of Men and Gods - Dir. anne Lescot and Laurence Magloire
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0505
Publication Date: 2004 [2002]
Through interviews with several openly gay Haitian men, this film examines Haitian society's attitude towards homosexuality. Although homosexuality is considered taboo, gay culture is allowed to flourish within the context of the Vodou religion. As "children of the Gods" gay men find an outlet for theatrical expression through exhilarating performances in which they embody the gods. The film also deals with how the daily lives of gay men in Haiti are affected by AIDS.

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Blonde Cobra - Dir. Ken Jacobs
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0437
Publication Date: 200? [1963]
A stream-of- consciousness monologue, telling the story of Madame Nescience, a psychic who wanted to be a nun.

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Out at Work - Dir. Tamy Gold and Kelly Anderson
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0846
Publication Date: 2009 [1996]
"Out At Work" Looks at the lives of three gay workers as they struggle to gain equal rights and eradicate homophobic treatment in the workplace. "Out At Work: America Undercover" includes two of the stories found in the orginal version of Out at work, as well as the story of a stock trader who was maltreated and sexually harassed by his employers because of his sexual orientation.

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The Decline of the American Empire (feature film) - Dir. Denys Arcand
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0154
Publication Date: 2004
Four university teachers gather to prepare a dinner. Remy is a married man, Claude a homosexual, Pierre has a girlfriend and Alain is a bachelor. Amongst them, they discuss sex, the female body and their affairs with them. Their dinner guests Louis, Dominique, Diane and Danielle are waiting at a health gym. They also discuss sex, the female body and, naturally, men. Later in the evening they meet and have dinner where candid conversations are brought out at the dinner table, where more revelations, confrontation - and sex - begin.

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In My Father's Church: A Wedding Diary - Dir. Charissa e. King
Call Number: DVD 2010- 4225
Publication Date: 2004
Charissa is a lesbian who wants a church wedding, but it doesn't seem to help that her dad is the pastor of the town's United Methodist Church. While he has been quietly supportive of his daughter's lesbian relationship, Charissa's father knows he would put his career at risk if he chose to officiate at her marriage ceremony. In 1999, the Methodist church took a firm stand by suspending a pastor for officiating a same sex union -- and the clashes between clergy and gay couples have been making headlines ever since. Compelling and honest, In My Father's Church is a poignant exploration of the intersection of homosexuality and religion, from the perspective of someone who has much at stake.

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Contracorriente: Se fiel a Ti Mismo (feature film) - Dir. Javier Fuentes-Leon
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0371
Publication Date: 2011
En un pequeño pueblo costero del Perú, de tradiciones y creencias religiosas muy arraigadas, Miguel -un joven pescador- y su bella esposa Mariela están a punto de tener a su primer hijo. Pero Miguel guarda un profundo secreto. Tiene un romance a escondidas con Santiago, un pintor que es rechazado por el pueblo pues es gay. Después de un accidente trágico, Miguel debe escoger entre sentenciar a Santiago a un tormento eterno o hacerle justicia y, a la vez, revelar su relación a Mariela y al resto del pueblo. With English subtitles.

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Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? - Dir. Barbara Caspar
Publication Date: 2008
A multi-layered work featuring animation, archival footage and interviews with the likes of William Burroughs, Carolee Schneemann and Richard Hell, Who's afraid of Kathy Acker by Austrian artist Barbara Caspar and co-produced by Annette Pisacane (Nico Icon) and Markus Fischer, is a thoughtful and creative film biography/essay on the late outlaw writer and punk icon, whose formally inventive novels, published from the '70s through the mid-90s, challenged assumptions about gender roles, sexuality, and the literary canon.

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How to be a Man: Instructions for Proper Male Behavior from Classroom Films of the 1940's-70's - produced for video by Bret Wood
Call Number: DVD 2009- 4349
Publication Date: 2009
For centuries, parents have struggled to usher their children through the magical and often treacherous journey to adult-hood. In America, a new form of tutelage was engineered: the calssroom film. Suddenly, the prickly issues of sexual development and juvenile delinquency could by addressed. These films helped to deal with the subtleties of behavior and the importance of fitting in. Topics covered include coping with failure and teasing.

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How to be a Woman: Instructions for Proper Female Behavior from Classroom fikns of the 1940's-80's - produced for video by Bret Wood
Call Number: DVD 2009- 4350
Publication Date: 2009
As the daughters of the baby boom reached adolescence, the American school system struggled to educate them on matters of sexual and social development. For teachers, classroom films about such topics were considered a godsend. They depicted the reproductive system in anatomical detail or through puzzling symbolism. Beyond sex education, classroom films addressed a wide array of social issues, from the importance of cooking skills to self-defense and how to appear more pleasing to others.

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