Cancer in Two Voices

A film by Lucy Massie Phenix based on original films by Ann Hershey

1994 | 43 minutes | Color | 16mm/VHS | Order No. 99348


“I’m the first among our friends to have cancer... Many will see their future in the way I handle mine,” Barbara Rosenblum wrote after learning she had advanced breast cancer. For three years Barbara had yet to live, she and her partner, Sandra Butler, documented their lives with courage and frankness. This stunning film provides a unique view into the intimacy of a relationship in a time of crisis. The two women talk about their identity as Jewish women and as lesbians, and they speak openly about the difficult issues each is facing: anger, guilt, feelings about their bodies and changing sexuality, about death and loss. Never once losing either its balance or its fierce emotional integrity, CANCER IN TWO VOICES provides a practical example of dealing with death with sensitivity and a deep commitment to living.


"**** A poignant video. Highly recommended for all health professionals and those studying for a career in health or medicine."

Dr. Willese Comissiong Video Rating Guide for Libraries

"Powerful and inspiring...a must-see."

Rosalind Benedet Breast Cancer Recovery Program, California Pacific Medical Center


  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
  • London Jewish Film Festival
  • Films de Femmes, Creteil, Audience Award for Best Foreign Documentary


Lucy Massie Phenix

Lucy Massie Phenix has a long history of community organizing and teaching and has been making social documentary films for 20 years. Her film credits include: Producer, Director and Co-Editor of YOU GOT TO MOVE, a film about grass roots social change in the South; Editor of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETERr, the compilation film classic on government propaganda and women working in the skilled trades during World War II; Co-Director and Co-Editor of WORD IS OUT, the acclaimed documentary on the experiences of 26 gay men and lesbians; and collaborator on the Winterfilm Collective's film WINTERSOLDIER, a documentary about and with Vietnam Veterans Against the War which received high accolades at the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals. She has also served as Consulting Editor on many films including BERKELEY IN THE SIXTIES, COMMON THREADS, and ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE. (08/12)


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