Production: USA, 1983
Director: Lizzie Borden
Category: Political
A radical feminist feature, set in a hypothetical future New York, where a vigilante group called the Women’s Army assert their right to violent intervention. When one of them, a black militant lesbian, dies in police custody, women from all parts of the city unite under a new manifesto of female revolution; the film ends with eerily prescient shots of the insurgents making a bomb with which they intend to blow up the World Trade Center. Actual footage of feminist protests is cut into the narrative, and Borden also uses reworked television images, voice-overs and tape-slides, as well as a soundtrack of rebel music from Hendrix to punk, making Born In Flames as challenging in its presentation as in its message.

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