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Movies about sisterhood and love between women

August 2, 2008

Go watch these clips from Radiance, my favourite movie (aligned in greatness with Serenades and Fire).


Fire by Deepa Mehta


Fucking Amal (Show Me Love)


Provoked

If I wasn’t a dyke already these movies would make me one. This post is for those straight, whiny, rad fems out there. You know who you are. 😉

17 comments

  1. I saw Fucking Amal a few years ago in a Swedish class and absolutely loved it. My classmates were mixed on it. I’ll have to check out the other two when I have the chance.


  2. Thanks for this. I have only seen “Fire”, which is brilliant. I need cheering up, coz my PTSD is being a pain.


  3. Hope you both enjoy the recs. I wish i could find the trailers for Radiance and Serenades online. I tried uploading them but had no luck. 😦


  4. Your blog is always so wonderful. 😀

    Thanks for this post.

    I have seen Fire, Allecto, and it was such a beautiful movie. I totally loved it. You seen it?


  5. I’ve only seen Fire, but now I want to see the others, esp Provoked. I’ve wanted to see Serenades for months–since you brought it up on your old journal. i need to find these films!

    ps, am i one of those whiny straight radfems you speak of? 😛 Call me crazy, but I won’t give up on men. That’s letting them off too easy 😉


  6. Ooh allecto, get you…..


  7. Yes, Maggie, Fire is amazing. Until I saw Fire I thought that nothing could compare to the brilliance of the movies made by Australian women of colour. But I was thankfully wrong. Women of colour everywhere make fantastic movies. Deepa Mehta is just incredible. Thanks for the nice compliment on my blog. I love yours too. 🙂

    No, demonista. I wasn’t talking about you. Just referring to a discussion on Mary Tracy’s blog. Of course the ‘whiny’ was a joke. I hope you are able to get a hold of some of these movies. They are really almost necessary viewing.

    Does anyone else have any good feminist/sisterhood/lesbian movie recommendations? I’m working on putting a list together of fantastic women’s movies.

    Polly, get me what? I’m confused.


  8. Language barrier allecto – if you were English you’d know what it meant, but I can’t explain….


  9. Oh, thank you for this. I’ll try to get hold of the films I’ve not seen. A couple of films that come to mind are ‘Sisters in Law’ by Kim Longinotto,’A Question of Silence’ by Marleen Gorris and ‘Born in Flames’ by Lizzie Borden. ‘Women Make Movies‘ is a good place to buy films.


  10. Allecto, my recommendations would include “When Night is Falling,” (to me, breathtaking) and “Better Than Chocolate.” I love these movies! And for hilarity, “The Sex Monster,” ohmygod, I thought I would die laughing watching that movie, (though it’s been quite a few years now and if I watched it again, possibly I would view it differently, so keep that in mind if you should watch it.) The Sex Monster is about a married het couple where the pervy, despicable husband keeps demanding and demanding and demanding a threesome, so finally the wife reluctantly relents, but if I recall correctly, there never is a threesome, instead, the wife immediately falls madly in love with the threesome candidate (Muriel Hemingway) and they run off into the sunset together leaving the guy, in one scene, at least, standing out in the road in their dust hollering and yelling after them, ha ha. Ohmygod, this movie was funny.

    If I wasn’t a dyke already these movies would make me one. This post is for those straight, whiny, rad fems out there. You know who you are.

    Music can have this effect, as well– Melissa Etheridge, Melissa Ferrick, Nedra Johnson, k.d.lang, Bitch, Ferron, oh my gosh, there are so many I could name, women singing songs of love and longing to and about other women. Nedra Johnson’s “Nedra” c.d. has a song on it called “The World Could Stop Turning” that I swear could make a certain kind of revolution if all of the women in the world would listen to it. 😉

    Heart


  11. allecto, i was just kidding 😛

    have you seen water? that is a brilliant film of hers.

    other feminist/sisterhood/lesbian films are thelma and louise (who doesn’t know about that?), the color purple (film, altho the book is a lot better), the fishing trip (a canadian film about two sisters, and one of the sister’s friend, who go on a road trip to try and save their brother from their rapist father), foxfire (based on joyce carol oates’ book; about a group of girls who beat up a teacher who is sexually abusing 2 of them, defend each other against other abusive men and boys, form deep friendships, help one with a drug addiction, etc), fried green tomatoes (about sisterhood; there is part that is very poetically just when one woman feeds her lover’s battering husband to a cop; towanda the avenger–but again, book is better)). the television series roseanne is also awesome.

    there are feminist films about the sexual abuse of boys and men, too. some are: twist, boys of st vincent, touch. the last one is directed by jeremy podeswa–he’s awesome. i recommend anything of his. the other’s i’ve seen are the five senses, eclipse the tv show wonderfalls, and a couple episodes of six feet under.


  12. Yes, Maggie, Fire is amazing. Until I saw Fire I thought that nothing could compare to the brilliance of the movies made by Australian women of colour. But I was thankfully wrong. Women of colour everywhere make fantastic movies. Deepa Mehta is just incredible.

    I agree, Allecto. 🙂

    I love yours too.

    Thanks!


  13. Thanks for all the recommendations womyn!! I looked them up and I should be able to get most of them online. Yay!

    The Fishing Trip and Foxfire look interesting. So does When Night is Falling and Born in Flames looks just brilliant.

    The Women Make Movies look fantastic. But they are way out of my price range I’m afraid. 😦

    The Colour Purple, Thelma and Louiseand Fried Green Tomatoes are on my list. Although I have problems with FGT as I thought is was shockingly racist. The two Black characters were kinda central to the plot yet they got like one line or something. THEY NEVER SPOKE!!! Not at all!!! Fricken hell. They were just plot devices. They problem is that I liked the movie but it was just so fucking racist. It certainly did not expand the definition of what it meant to be a Black woman.

    I haven’t seen Water but I did see Earth and the heterosexual relationship in it pissed me off. The woman is crying and the dude decides to fuck her as ‘comfort’, wtf? But Water is on my to watch list.

    Hmm. Not the biggest fan of Better Than Chocolate. I didn’t hate it but it didn’t grab me and captivate me. There wasn’t much depth. It was funny and cute, but no substance. Although I did watch it a few years ago so I might’ve remembered wrong.

    Yeah, Heart I really need to get into womyn’s music a bit more. I mean my favourite musicians are women but they aren’t particularly radical, dyke womyn. I’ll check out your recs online and get me some womyn’s rhythm.


  14. Women Make Movies have some films that are priced for individuals. ‘Sisters in Law’, for example, is $29.95 to buy as a home video. The films ‘follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent’. You can watch the trailer here.


  15. hmm… $US30 is pretty pricey, considering that it probably doesn’t cover postage. Not saying that it isn’t worth it, it’s just that I can’t afford it. But thanks for the info. I’ll keep it in mind.


  16. I am currently reading The Women of Brewster Place. It was made into a movie, or maybe it was a mini series. There is a lesbian couple that is simply referred to as “The Two.” Their sexuality is taunted and one is raped by a group of young men because of it. I would definitely say this book (thus the movie) is about sisterhood.


  17. “I haven’t seen Water but I did see Earth and the heterosexual relationship in it pissed me off. The woman is crying and the dude decides to fuck her as ‘comfort’, wtf?”

    Well I’m a big fan of Deepa Mehta. Without giving too many spoilers to the ones who haven’t seen it, I can say the film “Earth” is based on a book called “The Ice Candy Man” and the primary storyline is about the splitting of India and Pakistan into two countries in the late 1940s. The story is told from the perspective of a young girl and what she sees going on around her, including things about her parents’ relationship. Not everything she sees them do is intended to reflect favorably on her father – in fact the women of the family are the true heroes of the story.



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