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Videos for International Women’s Day #BalanceforBetter

March 7, 2019

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International Women’s Day, 2019 #BalanceforBetter

For over a century, March 8 has been declared International Women’s Day. This day is about celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and promoting gender equality. This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, is accompanied by the following explanation:

“Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage … Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”

NDC Library Video Display Available Until March 13

Just like International Women’s Day, effective video is a powerful means to increase awareness about women’s issues. We encourage you to check out our video display at NDC Library, AV Services (available until March 13, 2019). Below are a few highlights and some streaming suggestions.

DVD Highlights

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He Named Me Malala

An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The shooting of the then fifteen-year-old teenager sparked international media outrage. She has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women

Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. A range of new print and television advertisements lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes–images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. Also available in streaming format.

Hidden Figures

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Crossing all gender, race, and professional lines, their brilliance and desire to dream big firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

In the Name of the Family

Friends and family of murdered girls paint a chilling portrait of the forces that led to their deaths, and Toronto schoolgirls talk about their lives of constant fear. This documentary challenges the traditions that lie behind the heartbreaking tragedies committed against young girls caught between two cultures in North America.

Streaming Video Highlights

Here are some selections from RRC Library’s video databases — and NFB Campus. To learn more about our complete streaming video collection, visit our Streaming Video guide. A Red River College user ID and password is required to view all online content.

Missing and murdered collection

How much do you know…?







 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Collection

The statistics on missing and murdered indigenous women are stark and staggering. The videos in this collection present a snapshot of the situation and recount the stories of the families and communities affected by this national tragedy. (

Who were the key women in Canadian history? How well do we know their stories? Moderated by Marivel Taruc, host of CBC’s Our Toronto, the panel includes: Pamela Sugiman, Ryerson University; Funke Aladejebi, York University; and Tarah Brookfield, Wilfrid Laurier University. (

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 Gulîstan, Land of Roses

Travels deep into the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan, where armed female guerillas defend Kurdish territory against ISIS. These women share their most intimate thoughts and offer a window into this largely unknown world. This film exposes the hidden feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom. (NFB Campus)

The World Before Her

Sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of young women determined to win the Miss Indian pageant and the forces that oppose them. Hindu fundamentalists view pageants and their “international” beauty standards as immoral and a symbol of the rapid Westernization of India; protests are common. (NFB Campus)

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 Comments or Questions?

If you have any comments or questions about video resources at RRC Library, or you are an instructor and would like to recommend a purchase, please email us at, call at 204-632-2231, or visit us in person in the Library.


Posted by Linda Fox — RRC Library