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Born in Flames + discussion

The revolution has come but old patriarchal prejudices remain – it’s time to take action with this sci-fi lesbian punk film.

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Image courtesy of Anthology Film Archives and Lizzie Borden

USA 1983
Dir Lizzie Borden
With Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Kathryn Bigelow
80min
Digital (restoration)
Certificate 15

Made over five years with committed, bracing urgency, Lizzie Borden’s low-budget Born in Flames is an electrifying sci-fi lesbian punk intersectional masterwork of top-drawer status. Set in an unspecified near-future, it imagines a compromised peaceful socialist revolution in the USA, where sexism and female oppression still pervade. The tide turns when an activist in the fight against patriarchy and the media dies in police custody – and the tinder box of repression and injustice explodes. Woven together with a punchy latticework of TV news reports and urgent documentary-style footage, this ever-relevant classic screens from a new digital remaster distributed by the feminist film organisation Cinenova.

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Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation