Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution (en)

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Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution

Myriam Fougere

20121 h 03 min
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In the wake of the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements, there was a groundbreaking wave of activism which changed the face of modern feminism. This movement was based on a simple yet radical idea: invent a new way of life entirely centered on women.

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Director Myriam Fougere
Release Date 2012
Country  Canada
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In the wake of the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements, there was a groundbreaking wave of activism which changed the face of modern feminism. This movement was based on a simple yet radical idea: invent 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 organise this parallel revolution. They created literature, films, music, theatre, and a new body of political and philosophical theory, and numerous lesbian communities were established in diverse countries.

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.”

Official Selection Frameline
Official Selection Outfest
Official Selection BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival