All We've Got
US | 2019 | 67 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 191240
ALL WE’VE GOT is a personal exploration of LGBTQI women’s communities, cultures, and social justice work through the lens of the physical spaces they create, from bars to bookstores to arts and political hubs.
Social groups rely on physical spaces to meet and build connections, step outside oppressive social structures, avoid policing and violence, share information, provide support, and organize politically. Yet, in the past decade, more than 100 bars, bookstores, art and community spaces where LGBTQI women gather have closed. In ALL WE’VE GOT, filmmaker Alexis Clements travels the country to explore the factors driving the loss of these spaces, understand why some are able to endure, and to search for community among the ones that remain. From a lesbian bar in Oklahoma; to the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio run by queer Latinas; to the WOW Café Theatre in New York; to the public gatherings organized by the Trans Ladies Picnics around the US and beyond; to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, the film takes us into diverse LGBTQI spaces and shines a light on why having a place to gather matters. Ultimately, ALL WE’VE GOT is a celebration of the history and resilience of the LGBTQI community and the inclusive spaces they make, as well as a call to action to continue building stronger futures for all communities.
"In a time of cultural anxiety about the erasure of our Lesbian, feminist, and queer histories, Clements brings alive five sites where progressive collectives subvert brutal capitalism and racist exclusions with joy, shared struggle, respected desire, and gender complexities. For historians, community activists, poets, philosophers of change, for the young and for the old, All We’ve Got is a text, a vision, a challenge, and a pleasure."
"All We’ve Got is a beautiful rumination on community, resilience, and resistance. Unlike so many laments about the disappearance of LGBTQ spaces for women, the film shows us a diverse range of ongoing spaces for queer women. In the end, it is a DIY call to action and a celebration of the creativity, moxie, and determination of LGBTQ women and the inclusive communities they insist upon creating and sharing."
“Using impressive archival footage and intergenerational collaboration, Clements weaves together a story of identity, intersectionality, history, community, and family. Her incisive critique of gentrification examines interlocking systems of power under capitalism that create barriers for these communities, yet her repositioning of these voices and stories offers much corrective hope for a better world in which lesbian, dyke, queer, and trans folks survive and thrive across race, place, and space."
“Beyond stories of lesbian bar closures, lesbians, dykes, queers, and trans and gender non-conforming people need a movie to make sense of their spaces and histories. All We’ve Got is that film.”
Alexis Clements is an award-winning writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Her creative work has been published and produced in a number of venues in the US and Europe. She co-edited the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance work, Conversation. She guest edited a special volume of Sinister Wisdom titled “Variations.” A regular contributor to Hyperallergic, her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, Bitch Magazine, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, and Nature, among others. Alexis has a M.Sc. in Philosophy & History of Science from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Theater Studies from Emerson College. ALL WE’VE GOT, a documentary focused on the physical spaces where LGBTQ women gather, is her first film. (6/19)