Women and Gender Studies

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Film Festival

2016 Film Festival





The Women and Gender Studies Program at Oakland University will be featuring a screening of the film “She's Beautiful When She's Angry”, a resurrection of the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971 by Mary Dore. 

Panel discussion and screening will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in the Human Health Building 1050.  Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.  Click here to view the poster.


She's Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women't liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women's International Conspiracy from Hell!)

It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women's movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time - thrilling, scandalous and often hilarious.



 Mary Dore is an award-winning documentary producer who brings an activist perspective to her films.  Dore grew up in Auburn, Maine and began her career working with a Boston film collective that produced independent historical documentaries, including Children of Labor (1977) which premiered at the New York Film Festival.

She has produced television series for Maine Public Broadcasting and 12/WNET in New York.  She produced and co-directed the feature "The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War" (with Noel Buckner and Sam Sills), which screened at the Toronto, Sundance, and London Film Festivals.

She has produced dozens of television documentaries for PBS, New York Times TV, A&E, and the Discovery Channel.   Her TV work has won Emmys, Cine Golden Eagles, and Cable Ace Awards.

She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.



Jo Reger, Professor of Sociology at Oakland University

Emily Clancy, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

Amanda Crowell, She Hive



The Human Health Building is located in the northeast corner of OU’s campus at the intersection of Walton and Squirrel Roads. For interactive directions, visit oakland.edu/map.



The Women and Gender Studies Program would like to thank the following departments and colleges on campus for their generous support of the 2018 WGS Film Festival: The College of Arts and Sciences; Modern Languages and Literatures; Cinema Studies; English; Communication and Journalism; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice; Kresge Library; WXOU Radio; Gender & Sexuality Center; Center for Ethics; and The Oakland Post.


Previous Film Festivals

Current and Previous Film Festival Topics   

2012 - 2013     Bully 
2011 - 2012      Miss Representation
2010 - 2011      From Hysteria to Disorder:  Manufacturing Disorder of Female Sexual Desire
2009 - 2010      Women in War / Women on War
2008 - 2009      On Our Way to the White House?  Women and Electoral Politics
2007 - 2008      Revolutionary Women in the Work Force
2006 - 2007      Women and Globalization:  Merchants or Merchandise?
2005 - 2006     Why Can't I Look Like that Model?
2004 - 2005     Muslim Women, in their own words
2003 - 2004      Women and Sports
2002 - 2003      Are you a Woman? Or a Man?
2001 - 2002      Fast Talking Dames
2000 - 2001     Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood
1999 - 2000     All Dressed Up:  Underpinnings of Feminism in Film and Fashion
1998 - 1999     Breaking Silences:  Representations of Women in the Non-Western World
1997 - 1998     Journey to Community:  Women, AIDS and Film
1996 - 1997     The Ties That Bind:  Families in Film
1995 - 1996      Women and Work in Contemporary Film
1994 - 1995      Telling Women's Lives