Films by and about women documented women’s lives, explored issues of inequality and discrimination, and recorded stories of struggle and change. Initiatives such as Studio D, a publicly funded women’s film production unit at the National Film Board of Canada created in 1974, opened doors for women in film-making.  Independent women film-makers also made their mark working on their own or with the support of women’s groups or other progressive organizations.

The advent of the video-camera also made it possible for others outside the industry to make films. Some tapes provide informal and often unedited glimpses of actions, events, and people. Others were the result of scripted, well-organized, and professionally filmed projects.

The films in this section include ones with public access rights, as well as others for which we have obtained permission to post on this site. If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Title Filmmaker Date
A Safe Distance Tina Horne 1986
A Struggle to Remember: Fighting for our Families Post Perfect Productions 2000andafter
A Woman’s Place Colin Low 1967
Black Mother, Black Daughter Sylvia Hamilton, Claire Prieto 1989
Campaign Robert Fothergill, Peter Janecek, Eleanor Dudar 1975
Conspiracy of Silence – Part 1 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1991
Conspiracy of Silence – Part 2 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1991
Dec 6th, 2009 – 20th Anniversary of Montreal CAW Women 2000andafter
Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair Paul Cowan 1984
Don’t Call Me Baby Margot Trevelyan 1975
Flora: Scenes from a Leadership Convention Peter Raymont 1977
For Angela Nancy Trites Botkin, Daniel Prouty 1993
Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Weissman 1992
If You Love This Planet Terre Nash 1982
It’s Not Over Yet – Saskatchewan Working Women Susan Risk 2000andafter
J’me marie, j’me marie pas Mireille Dansereau 1973
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance Alanis Obomsawin 1993
Margaret Laurence, First Lady of Manawaka Robert Duncan 1978
Moving On Tina Horne 1986
No Way! Not Me Ariadna Ochrymovych 1987
Not a Love Story: A Film about Pornography Bonnie Sherr Klein 1981
Older, Stronger, Wiser Claire Prieto 1989
Rising Up Strong: Women Organizing for Change Linda Briskin and Lorna Weir 1981
Sisters in the Struggle Dionne Brand, Ginny Stikeman 1991
Souris, tu m’inquiètes Aimée Danis 1973
Status Quo? Karen Cho 2000andafter
The Fleck Women Timothy Bongard, Kem Murch, Judy McGowan 1978
The Glass Ceiling Sophie Bissonnette 1992
The Historic Victories of the 1980s on Reproductive Rights and Pay Equity: Looking Back and Forward Centre for Social Justice 2000andafter
The Right Candidate for Rosedale Anne Henderson, Bonnie Sherr Klein 1979
Tilco Striker Matthew Hayes 2000andafter
Toward Intimacy Debbie McGee 1992
We Are the Union – Women’s Work Point Blank Creative 2000andafter
Who’s Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics Terre Nash 1995
Women in Struggle Ananda Productions 1971