Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution

A film by Myriam Fougère

Canada | 2012 | 63 minutes | Color/BW | DVD | French/English | Subtitled | Order No. 151159

SYNOPSIS

A parallel, lesbian-feminist revolution was born out of the women’s and civil rights movements of the 60’s and 70’s. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère’s takes us on a road trip through the United States and Canada as she revisits the activists of the time who sparked this revolution to define their own culture. As active second-wave feminists, many lesbian women began to recognize that their sexual identity was not acknowledged or embraced by the traditional women’s movement. These artists, musicians, philosophers, and writers sought to establish communities centered exclusively on women where patriarchy simply did not exist. Women-only communities began to flourish in North America and around the world, resulting in a rich and vibrant culture that inspired important lesbian art, literature, and music. Told through photographs, archival footage, and contemporary interviews, Fougère’s film serves not only as a testament to the politics of the era, but also as a living yearbook and virtual reunion of these remarkable women, who laid the groundwork for generations to come.

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Inside Out, Toronto Film Festival, Special Jury Citation
  • Amsterdam Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Winner of the Van Gogh Award
  • Side by Side Film Festival Moscow, Winner, Audience Award
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
  • Boston LGBT Film Festival
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Frameline
  • OutFest Los Angles
  • BFI London Lesbian and Gay Festival
  • Reel Affirmations DC
  • Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
  • Festival de Film de Femmes, Paris
  • Vox Femina

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Myriam Fougère

Myriam Fougère is a multidisciplinary artist born in Quebec City, Canada. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Myriam worked as a sculptor and photographer, showing her work in women-only spaces for more than two decades. Her first film was a poetic, innovative documentary about breast cancer entitled "On A Moving Path," which Myriam wrote shot and directed. (delete this Her film won Best Experimental Documentary at the Baltimore Women's Film Festival in 2008, and Second Prize at the Image et Santé Festival in Liège, Belgium the same year.

"Lesbiana- A Parallel Revolution," came out in 2012. Myriam Fougere shot, directed and edited this historical documentary about the rise and fall of the lesbian movement in Quebec and United States in the 1980's. Using many personal archives and her sculptures, "Lesbiana" is a intimate and inspiring film which screened at more than 60 international film festivals including Montreal, Paris, London, Seoul, Moscow, Belgrade, Barcelona and San Francisco

Informed and inspired by these experiences, Myriam has once again directed, filmed and edited a third documentary film. In her latest project "Feminista," 2017, Myriam turns her creative lens to the newest generation of feminist activists, documenting how feminism is alive and thriving today. (4/19)

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