Born in Flames
Directed by Lizzie Borden
The movie that rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative, thrilling classic is a fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after a social democratic cultural revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the Black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women – across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference – emerges to blow the System apart.
This screening is in conjunction with the exhibition Heresies: Still Ain’t Satisfied.
Director: Lizzie Borden
Studio: First Run Features
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Release Year: 1983
Rated: Not Rated
“Borden’s exhilarating collage-like story stages news reports, documentary sequences, and surveillance footage alongside tough action scenes and musical numbers; her violent vision is both ideologically complex and chilling.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“By turns humorous, satirical and deadly earnest…a still-potent artifact of political commitment.” – LA Weekly
“Borden charts the explosive coming together of the women as they forge their own liberation, handling her story with audacity and making even the driest argument crackle with humor, while the more poignant moments burn with a fierce white heat.” – Frances Dickinson, Time Out
“Beautifully made, courageously edited, and swift-moving, this challenging, provocative film is a work that is both humanist and revolutionary.” – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
“Part sci-fi fantasy, part feminist adventure story.” – Philadelphia Enquirer
“Born in Flames’ deserves its legendary status and still has the power to challenge, confront, and capture the imagination of its audience.” – Eric Monder, Film Journal International