Found in: We Are Here
Dykes, Camera, Action!

Dykes, Camera, Action!

classified 18

We Are Here

Film

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019

Director:
Caroline Berler
Cast:
Desiree Akhavan, Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich
Duration:
58 mins, 2018, USA
Primary language:
English

Despite Hollywood’s best efforts, lesbians have made it to the big screen and this documentary follows some of the most influential lesbian filmmakers of the past 50 years, pulling back the curtain to reveal a wealth of talent and history shared by these powerful women.

After director Caroline Berler couldn’t find any films on their contributions, she decided to take matters into her own hands and document a history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen. Featuring filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, the film tells their stories with heart and hilarity, allowing them to share how they’ve expressed their queer identity through cinema.

Screening with the short film:

Sex Lies and Religion

(Dir. Annette Kennereley, USA, 7 mins)

Explore the underground world of the now-extinct lesbian bars in 1980's Los Angeles in this short film dedicated to this hub of lesbian social life that pays tribute to the dizzying and intimate bars and parties as well as the people who called them home.