Sat, May 18, 2013 5pm
McMenamins Kennedy School Theater
Sponsored by Morel Ink
In the wake of the civil rights, anti-war and feminist movements, there was a groundbreaking wave of activism that changed the face of modern feminism and was based on a simple yet radical idea: inventing a new way of life entirely centered on women. A vibrant, productive lesbian culture came to life through innovative women who created physical and cultural spaces in which to live, meet, discuss and organize this parallel revolution. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère takes us on a journey to meet the lesbian writers, philosophers and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood.
Skillfully weaving archival footage she filmed at the time with present-day interviews of activists who were intimately involved, Fougère brings to life the personal and political realities of that electric period. From Montréal to Texas, by way of New York, she encounters courageous lesbians who chose to live only among women, many of whom are now in their 70s and 80s. In revealing their struggle with body image, class, racism and inclusivity, their conflicts and confrontations mirror contemporary concerns around community building today. Lesbiana captures women coming together – one way or another – to develop a distinctly radical ideology/theology that undermined the patriarchy while simultaneously extricating themselves from mainstream feminism. As activist Carol Moore describes, “When you are living in it you don’t realize you are making history, until after it’s over.”
In French and English with English subtitles
Lesbiana: Dir Myriam Fougère 2012 Canada 63 min.
Community Partners: Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest; Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Pdx Chapter