Movies, Resources

Documentaries for Women’s History Month

We’re rounding out Women’s History Month with a selection of documentaries from InstantFlix. In case you missed our previous blog post, InstantFlix is a free streaming service that lets you use your library card to watch movies anytime, from any device.

Makers: Women Who Make America (58 minutes, 2013)

“This documentary series examines how women have helped shape America over the past 150 years, striving for a full and fair share of political power and economic opportunity. Built from the archive of interviews completed for the website Makers.com, the documentary includes talks with movement leaders Gloria Steinem and Eleanor Holmes Norton, as well as with those who opposed the effort. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric and Hillary Clinton offer personal stories.

Beautiful Darling (87 minutes, 2010)

Beautiful Darling pays tribute to the short but influential life of an extraordinary person—the actress Candy Darling, born James Slattery in 1944. Candy’s career took her through the raucous and revolutionary Off-off-Broadway theater scene and into Andy Warhol’s legendary Factory. She dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, but tragically died of lymphoma in the early Seventies, at only twenty-nine.

Candy’s beauty, humor, and the strength of will she demonstrated in her remarkable act of self-creation moved those who knew her in her lifetime and continue to gather fans today. It’s a story of wild, creative times and of audacious people, but one that has a theme inspiring for anyone, anywhere: whatever the obstacles, be true to yourself.”

Kind Hearted Woman (111 minutes, 2013)

“In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Kind Hearted Woman is a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and Independent Lens.”

The Empowerment Project (99 minutes, 2014)

“The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions. Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries.

The film challenges the audience to ask themselves, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?'”