Forbidden Love (1992) The unashamed stories of lesbian lives

This award-winning documentary is a charming portrait of lesbian lives in the 1940s, 50s and 60s that incorporates interviews, archival footage and a pulp novel dramatization to illustrate this incredible time. With humor and grace, ten fascinating women discuss their past and tell us what it meant to be a lesbian in the United States of America at a very different time in history. Their candid and riveting stories bring to life the struggle of coming out (or being closeted) and finding community amidst the homophobic backdrop of the era. Interwoven with this real-life history is the aching romantic, pulp-novel inspired tale of star-crossed lovers Mitch and Laura. The film also features an interview with the acclaimed 1950s lesbian pulp author Ann Bannon. Forbidden Love: the unashamed stories of lesbian lives was recipient of the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary in 1994 as well as being honored with the Best Feature Documentary Genie Award (Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars). From acclaimed filmmakers Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman, this 20th Anniversary re-release has been lovingly remastered in HD by the National Film Board of Canada.

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