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Film Projects

SIROW seeks to produce engaging and accessible research. As part of this work, a number of our projects have developed multimedia, including award winning films. Follow the links for a look at some of SIROW's more notable film projects:

Scruff (2017)

Davis, M., Korchmaros, J. D., & Sargus, T. (2017). "Scruff." Produced by Monica Davis, Josephine D. Korchmaros, & Tamara Sargus, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ.

Winner of the 2017 Lunafest - Tucson Local Film Contest. 

Scruff explores the topic of women's facial hair. In Scruff, women discuss how other people have reacted to their facial hair, how they learned about facial hair, and society’s negative views of facial hair in women. Interviewees also discuss their experience with facial hair management and removal as well as their own thoughts and opinions about facial hair in women. With Scruff, we hope to start a dialogue about facial hair in women among women, men, and children, and help women and others realize that women growing facial hair is a common, natural experience, hopefully normalizing and increasing the acceptance of facial hair in women. Facial hair does not have to define us as women or men, for it is just hair.

iSTEM Project (2015)

Andrade, R. (2016). "iSTEM: An Innovative Hybrid Program for Diversifying and Building Capacity in the STEM/ICT Workforce, 2011-2015." Produced by Rosi Andrade, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ.

This presentation discusses the iSTEM project. In the summer of 2012, the NSF funded, iSTEM Project, was launched with the goal of designing, implementing and evaluating an innovative model for engaging underrepresented students, specifically Native Americans and Hispanic youth, in science, technology, engineering and math. Undergraduate and graduate UA students, including GWS grad students are volunteering as mentors to Yaqui youth as they work on hands on inquiry-based science related activities.

Not Your Usual Bedtime Story (2015)

Greene, A., & Waters, C. The Sex Ed Cinema Project: An Education and Empowerment Initiative (2015). "Not Your Usual Bedtime Story." Produced by Courtney Martinez/CLaineMedia, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 
Winner of the 2016 Lunafest - Tucson Local Film Contest.

"Not Your Usual Bedtime Story" was developed as part of the Sex Ed Cinema Film Project and funded in part by the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona. The project was spearheaded by five youth leaders who wanted to expose their peers to positive sexuality messages and information not typically covered in high school sex ed. The interview-style film features fictional personas who address numerous sexuality-related questions. The film dispels misconceptions and challenges stereotypes, and therefore, its content and cast portray an impressive diversity of perspectives and identities that anyone can relate to. 

Emergency Contraception (2011)

Greene, A., Lopez., E., Huerta, K., Huerta., J., & Ruiz, B. (2011). Emergency Contraception. Vodcast: Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ. 
Winner of the 2011 Luna Fest - Tucson Local Film Contest

"Emergency Contraception" presents basic information about pregnancy prevention after sex. 

Snooze Fest: Importance of Sleep (2008)

Greene, A., Davis, M., Moll, C. (speakers), & Ruiz, B. (producer) (2008). "Snooze Fest: Importance of Sleep." Vodcast: Southwest Institute for Research on Women. The University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ. 

"Snooze Fest" explores the benefits of regular sleep for overall health and well-being.

Both "Emergency Contraception" and "Snooze Fest: Importance of Sleep" were produced as part of Project DAP (Determining Another Path) with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This collaborative project implemented SIROW Health Education for Youth (HEY) curriculum to expand and enhance services for adolescents involved in a residential substance abuse treatment program in Tucson, AZ and a young adult transitional living program in Sierra Vista, AZ.

The Desert Is No Lady (1995)

The film can be rented through the UA Library or purchased here: Women Make Movies.


Janice Monk, Executive Producer and Shelley Williams, Producer. (1995). The Desert Is No Lady. Arts Council of England/Arizona Board of Regents/Women Make Movies.
Winner of Best Documentary at the 1996 San Antonio CineFestival

SIROW's founding director Janice Monk produced this groundbreaking film on women artists and the Southwest region. From Women Make Movies,"With provocative imagery and spirited juxtapositions, The Desert Is No Lady looks at the Southwest through the eyes of its leading contemporary women artists and writers. The nine women profiled are Pat Mora (poet), Sandra Cisneros (writer), Lucy Tapahonso (poet), Emmi Whitehorse (painter), Harmony Hammond (painter), Meridel Rubinstein (photographer), Nora Naranjo Morse (sculptor), Pola Lopez de Jaramillo (painter) and Ramona Sakiestewa (tapestry artist). The Southwest is a border territory - where cultures meet and mix - and the work of these nine women from Pueblo, Navajo, Mexican-American and Anglo backgrounds reflects its special characteristics. The Desert is No Lady is a vibrant celebration of the diversity of women's creativity and changing multicultural America." (

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