45 Years of Women Make Movies
Inside the Chinese Closet
Dir. Sophia Luvarà, Netherlands, 2016, DCP, 70 min. Chinese w/English subtitles
Lesbians in a box… two thousand private snapshots hidden away for over fifty years reveal the rich history of Chicago’s working class butch/fem life in the pre-Stonewall era. Spanning four decades, from the 1930s to the early 1970s, the snapshots provide a rare look at a vanished and vibrant lesbian culture: images of lovers and friends as they played, posed, serially switched partners, worked, partied, drank, and aged. Now we all take selfies; these women used a Brownie camera to tell the story of their community. Lives:Visible explores the ephemeral nature of culture and the power of the images we make. From the maker of the feminist classic Daughter Rite.