Film - 40 Years FFMUC Filmfest 2023


Directed by Lizzie Borden


Director: Lizzie Borden
Section: 40 Years FFMUC
Country: USA
Year: 1983
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy
18+ (no age rating)


An alternate 1980s New York rife with anarchy in the midst of a seemingly peaceful socialist state.

Adelaide, a radical activist with the "Women's Army", is battling the patriarchal ruling party on the one hand and the threat of street violence on the other. What's more, her direct opponents are conformist "feminist" journalists, two of whom are embodied by filmmakers Pat Murphy and Kathryn Bigelow. Lizzie Borden weaves real news footage of demonstrations and police violence into her narrative to denounce conformity in Ronald Reagan's America.

This screening is for free.
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Meet the director


Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden was born in Detroit, Michigan and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Queens College in New York. Her experimental first feature film, REGROUPINGS, premiered in New York in 1976. She attracted international attention with BORN IN FLAMES, which was screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 1983. She followed this up in 1986 with her feminist docudrama WORKING GIRLS, which attempts to de-eroticize the concept of prostitution. LOVE CRIMES (1991) was the first and last film she made in Hollywood.


Screenplay: Lizzie Borden, Ed Bowes
Director of Photography: Ed Bowes, Al Santana
Film Editor: Lizzie Borden
Composer: Ibis, Red Krayola
Sound: Tom Crawford, Daniel Edelman, Rachel Field, Rachel Reichman
Producer: Lizzie Borden
Production Company: Jerome Foundation
Distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH