Transforming Lives Documentary Films

The IWL Transforming Lives Documentary Series contains student-produced short films on women leading change in a variety of contexts. This project combines filmmaking and interview skills to help our undergraduates learn from women leaders who are making a difference in the world and to gain an understanding of the use of media as a vital tool for creating social change in the 21st century.

Mahnaz Afkhami

Former Minister of Women’s Affairs,

Student Filmmaker: Hera Mir

Gloria A. Bachmann, MD

Leading Expert in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Student Filmmaker: Fariha Siddiqui

Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist and Author

Student Filmmaker: Miriam Zander

Alison R. Bernstein

Late Director, Institute for Women’s Leadership
Ford Foundation Executive

Student Filmmaker: Olivia Cruser

Patricia Brentano

Artist and Environmentalist

Student Filmmaker: Alexandra Pacia

Charlotte Bunch

Women’s and Human Rights Activist
Founding director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership

Student Filmmaker: Suzan Sanal

Cheryl Clarke

Black Lesbian Poet, Educator, and Community Activist

Student Filmmaker: Mariah Eppes

Adrienne Germain

Senior Advisor and Former President, International Women’s Health Coalition

Student Filmmaker: Nadia Khan

Sandra Harding

American Philosopher and Pioneering Feminist Theorist

Student Filmmaker: Olivia Cruser

Mary S. Hartman

Founding Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership and Former Dean, Douglass College

Student Filmmaker: Nancy Santucci

Bonnie Kerness

Founder Prison Watch Project

Student Filmmaker: Beth Breslaw

Billie Jean King

Founder Women’s Tennis Association and #1 Professional Tennis Player

Student Filmmaker: Rebecca Granet

Faith Ringgold

Artist, Activist, and Storyteller

Student Filmmaker: Karin Zahavi

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Former Executive Editor,,
Author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life

Student Filmmaker: Arabelle Sicardi

Marien Casillas Pabellon

Worker Rights Activist, New Labor

Student Filmmaker: Lesley Pairol

Catherine Stanford

Cultural Anthropologist, Vice-President, Who is My Neighbor Inc.

Student Filmmaker: Anna Zailik

C. Vivian Stringer

Head Coach, Rutgers University’s Women’s Basketball Team

Student Filmmaker: Vanity Jenkins

Christine Todd Whitman

Former New Jersey Governor

Student Filmmaker: Justine Del Gaudio


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