Lesbian

  • To a More Perfect Union

    66 mins USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes -- octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples – and Edie’s spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this lack of recognition of her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government – and won. Windsor and Kaplan’s legal and personal journeys are told in their own words, and through interviews with others of the legal team, movement activists, legal analysts, well-known supporters and opponents. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the stories behind it, the film also tells the story of our journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights.

    Director: Donna Zaccaro
  • Rafiki

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    83 mins 14+ Kenya
    Language: Swahili Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Between receiving a standing ovation at Cannes and being banned in its home country for its positive representation of lesbian women, Rafiki has secured its place in cinema history as a brave and beautiful depiction of queer life in Kenya.

    Growing up in a culture that believes “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, teenagers Kena and Ziki share a dream of making more for themselves. Despite a political rivalry between their families they manage to grow that shared dream into a deep friendship. However, when they can no longer ignore the fact that their relationship has blossomed into love, the two young women are forced to choose between happiness and their own safety.

    Born in a nation where no constitutional protections exist for LGBT people, Rafiki is a shining example of what is possible when artists take remarkable risks.

    Director: Wanuri Kahiu
    Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji & more
  • Foxy Trot

    15 mins USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Shorts
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    Synopsis

    A married couple unexpectedly face their relationship issues when they take ballroom dance lessons in a very heteronormative class.

    Director: Lisa Donato
    Cast: Laura Zak, Elizabeth Frances, Julia Aks
  • Tell it to the Bees

    106 mins unrated UK
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Love has a way of finding us when we least expect it. Directed by Annabel Jankel, this tender period drama, set in small-town, postwar Scotland, depicts the emergence of a love that while rescuing two women from isolation, also places them in danger.

    Abandoned by her philandering husband, Lydia (Holliday Grainger) is in an increasingly desperate situation: emotional turmoil aside, her earnings from factory work are not sufficient to pay the rent. Lydia’s son, Charlie (Gregor Selkirk), meanwhile, is getting bullied at school. Injuries from one such altercation send him to Dr. Jean Markham (Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), who has recently returned to town and found the welcome lukewarm. Charlie is curious about the bee colonies Jean maintains in her yard and the two form a bond. Bees, Jean explains, make an excellent repository for one’s secrets. When Lydia and Charlie are evicted, Jean invites them to stay in her home, an act of generosity that raises eyebrows throughout the village. Lydia soon learns why Jean is regarded with hostility — and she begins to see something in the kind doctor that takes her by surprise. Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw, Tell It To The Bees is a story of courage in the face of terrifying intolerance.

    Love comes in myriad forms here: romantic love, the love between parent and child, the vocational love that a caregiver feels for their community – even when that community turns on her. Beautiful to look at, suspenseful, sexy, and deeply touching, Jankel’s film remind us that opening our hearts to the possibility of love can be reward enough.

    – Synopsis written by Kerri Craddock, Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF

    Director: Annabel Jankel
  • Violet and June

    7 mins Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Shorts
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    Synopsis

    “Violet and June” (2017) is a bouncy lesbian romcom about an anxious young woman named Violet, who falls in love with her best friend, June.

    Rescued from the depths of an existential crisis by a butt joke, Violet falls in love with her best friend June. Violet tries to confess, but it's never the right time: June's boyfriend is there, June stands her up, Violet's away for a month animating bug fights - But her feelings keep coming back. And back. And back.

    Director: Linnea Ritland
    Cast: Monica Bowman, Emily Lê, Haris Amiri
  • Dykes, Camera, Action!

    58 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.

    “Visually simple as this is, with a mixture of talking heads and film clips, it’s an impressive potted history of an important movement in cinema with an equally impressive list of contributors. It’s a must for film students, and casual film fans who haven’t given the subject much thought before are likely to find that it opens their eyes to new ways of looking at the cinema they know and love.” – Jennie Kermode, EyeforFilm

    Director: Caroline Berler
    Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich
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