Gender-related Films/Documentaries

Pre-post: Suggestions are always welcome! I'll try to provide the summaries soon. Consider this under construction.

A list of films and documentaries that highlight women's issues or gender-related issues in general. 

  • Fire (1996) The story of two sisters-in-law living in an extended family household whose marriages to their husbands lack passion and love. The two begin turning to each other tofulfill their emotional and intimate needs.
  • Heaven on Earth (2008) Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior. [Text Copyrighted Movie Database (IMB).]
  • The Hours (2002)
  • Mona Lisa's Smile (2003)
  • Provoked (2006) Once married, Kiranjit leaves India to settle with her husband in London. His abusive nature provokes her to take a murderous action against him after 10 years, only to be imprisoned.
  • Water (2005) The plight of a group of widows, the youngest of whom is a 9-year-old, forced to spend the rest of their lives in an isolated temple in the holy city of Varanasi, India. "Water" relates the story of one of the widows who yearns to escape this social restriction, and a man from the highest caste.
  • Umrao Jaan (1981and 2006) 
  • A Jihad for Love (2007)
  • A Walk to Beautiful (2007)
  • The Dark Side of Migration, directed by Samar Minallah
  • Deliver us from Evil (2006)
  • Good Hair (2008)
  • Jesus Camp (2006)
  • Me and the Mosque: Women in Islam  (2005), directed by Zarqa Nawaz
  • Saving Face (2011), Oscar-winning documentary directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, also an Emmy award winner. SAVING FACE tells the stories of two acid-attack survivors: Zakia and Rukhsana, their arduous attempts to bring their assailants to justice, and the charitable work of London-based, Pakistani-born plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who strives to help these women put this horrific act behind them and move on with their lives. Saving face also highlights the efforts of the women across Pakistani society that are making efforts to help this vexing issue and the changes that occur from their efforts. Directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Daniel Junge and Emmy®-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, SAVING FACE is an intimate look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each women’s personal journey while showing how reformers are tackling this vexing problem. FROM:
  • Very Young Girls (2008)
  • Wink and a Smile (2009)

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