Born in Flames 1983 - Lizzie Borden WILD WOMEN WITH STEAK KNIVES #1 Feminist Film Screening Series
The first in a series of screenings. Please bring yourself and chips! PWYC! Alcoholic drinks will be for sale and printed educational materials FREE at the door.
"Born in Flames is set in a near-future New York City, 10 years after a peaceful socialist revolution. While broadcast media and the ruling party commemorate the anniversary, the viewer is quickly introduced to the fact that not all is well in utopia: sexism and racism persist. In this sense, the film is an intervention into Marxist debates, suggesting that far from secondary effects of a capitalist system, gender and race hierarchies organize life and population and do not just fall away as economic arrangements are transformed. Rather than simply document these oppressions, the film chooses the vantage point of various women and groups of women diverse in terms of race, age, and political commitments who are resisting, organizing, and agitating. The visual politics of the film are just one of the many ways it surprises; though we get glimpses of those oppressions, they are not gratuitously offered up for our viewing pleasure, but rather the film assumes the perspective of an already politicized viewer. At one point, the film jumps between a variety of routine tasks performed by womens hands feeding an infant with a bottle, paperwork at an office desk and then cuts from plastic-wrapping chickens in a meat-packing factory to unrolling a condom on a dick. And so it turns out neither routinization nor a gendered division of labor have been left behind in the supposedly peaceful revolution."