Directed by Lizzie Borden (1983, 90 min.). 35mm.

This political scifi drama is set in a dystopian future, ten years after a peaceful socialist revolution in the United States. America has started to swing to the right again, and women, lesbians, and minorities who were instrumental in the transformation of society are now becoming social outcasts, losing their jobs, and being assaulted in the street. These dire circumstances lead to the formation of a Women’s Army that rides through the city on bicycles to protect women against rapists, and occupies subway cars to protect women against harassers. Filmed over five years on a shoestring budget, Born in Flames is a towering example of an unabashedly feminist independent film.

Actress Jeanne Satterfield, who plays Women’s Army leader Adelaide Norris, will join us for a discussion following the film.

Watch the trailer

Read Richard Brody’s review in the New Yorker

Presented in partnership with Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival. Screened on a newly restored 35mm print from the Anthology Film Archives.


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