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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Lesbians


The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out
"Founded in 1991 by Kristina Boerger, Amasong Chorus 'tells the inspiring story of the rise and success of this small-town lesbian/feminist chorus, and how the beauty of their music comes to win acceptance from a conservative community'.

B.D. Women
"On being a black lesbian, with interviews in Great Britain and interspersed performance pieces."

Children of the Crocodile
"Focuses on cultural identity, resistance and survival through the intimate story of two East Timorese-Australian women devoted to the causes of freedom and nationhood."

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
"Lesbians Edie and Thea recount how their improbable romance ignited a lifelong journey around the world and through history. Though touched by events like the civil rights movement and the Stonewall riots, Edie and Thea's relationship transcends politics and is a shining example of love's ability to endure."

"Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved. The film chronicles Laurel's struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials - the Ocean County Freeholders -deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel's battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain."

Gay Pride & Prejudice: Neilia Andrea
"When two high school girls, Nelia and Andrea, meet and fall in love everything about their lives, their family's lives, and their social environment would quickly change. For Andrea and Nelia it appeared that because of this one thing that made them both happy they would have to withstand mocking and rejection not only at school but also from family and friends. It is important for each to decide if their feelings for the other is worth the pain they must endure."

I Am
"[C]hronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi, eleven years later, to re-open what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offense."

A Knock Out
"Boxing champion Michele Aboro grew up in South London, where life for a girl was never easy, let alone for a mixed-race lesbian girl. Thanks to her tenacious spirit and an uncanny talent for combat sports, she put her difficult past behind her and managed to sign a contract with the biggest boxing promoter in Europe. She won all 21 fights, 18 of them with a knockout--an exceptional achievement in women's boxing. But despite her spectacular record in the ring, her career came to a sudden halt when her promoter breaks her contract under the belief that she was not 'promotable.' Refusing to vamp up her image and pose naked in magazines, this undefeated world champion was abandoned by an industry more interested in selling sex than sport. [The film] interweaves Aboro's personal story with interviews with boxers whose wild success strikes a painful contrast with Aboro's struggles. Searching for logic behind Aboro's case, this poignant documentary captures a universal story of fighting for one's identity and offers a probing look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and the increased commercialization of women's sports"

Juggling Gender: Politics, Sex, and Identity
"....contains the original 1992 documentary which features Jennifer Miller, juggler and director of Circus Amok. Miller discusses her life and struggle as a lesbian woman who happens to have a moustache and beard. Scenes show a gay rights parade and Miller interacting with friends, family, and strangers."

Laughing Matters
"Laughing Matters profiles four lesbian stand-up comics who were 'out' onstage before it was chic. Alternating between interviews and live performances, these women share their stories of how they came to be comedians and how they use the realities of being lesbian in their performances."

Lesbiana: A  Parallel Revolution
"A parallel revolution was born out of the feminist movement of the 1970's, coming to an end around 1995. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère takes us on a journey to meet the lesbian writers, philosophers and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood. From Montréal to Texas, by way of New York, Myriam encounters lesbians who chose to live only among women. This marginal yet international movement is brought to life through archival footage and photographs, and evocative interviews with these courageous women, many of whom are now in their seventies and eighties."

No Look Pass
" an identity quest film that follows Emily Tay's transition into adulthood between her senior year at Harvard (where she ranks 23rd nationally for assists thanks to her signature move, the no look pass) into her first year playing professionally in Europe. Emily's Buddhist parents risked everything to emigrate from Burma in 1980 to Los Angeles' Chinatown and expect Emily to return home after graduation and comply with an arranged marriage. But Emily must follow her own American Dream, which means moving to Germany and falling in love with a U.S. servicewoman living under Don't Ask Don't Tell. After feeling like an outsider her entire life, Emily struggles to become a leader, not just a star and faces the terror of telling her parents who she really is."

The Oldest Lesbian in the World
"Nearing 100 years old, a national treasure, Bobby Staff whimsically exposes a rare and revealing insight into the romantic life of a butch lesbian born in 1913. Accompanied by her long time friend, Sweet Baby J'ai, Bobbie takes us on a trip down a very steamy memory lane, through photographs and vivid memories of many decades living her life as an out lesbian in New York City and Los Angeles."

The Same Difference
"...shines a light on the all-too-often ignored problem of homophobia and gender discrimination within the black lesbian community. Onuorah's fascinating and original documentary examines what happens when lesbians discriminate against each other over violations of the strict code that separates butches from femmes. The film examines how these behaviors reproduce the homophobic oppression and masculine privilege of the straight world, while looking for solutions in compelling discussions with community members."

Searching 4 Sandeep  
"Single, frustrated and lonely in the middle of Sydney's thriving gay community, director Poppy Stockell decides to 'research'a light-hearted look at the lesbian Internet-dating scene. To her surprise and delight, she forges a deep online connection with an English woman, Sandeep Virdi. When their innocent flirtation turns into true attachment, Poppy sends Sandeep a camcorder and viewers watch as Poppy and Sandeep's virtual relationship blooms into a poignant love complicated by the reality that Sandeep is Sikh, lives at home with her conservative family, and has kept her sexuality a secret."

"An experimental documentary examining the nature of storytelling in relation to queer and leftist Los Angeles."

Training Rules
"A look at how homophobia among women's college sports destroyed the dreams and careers of some of the country's top athletes. Follows Penn State women's basketball champ Jennifer Harris as she takes on the institutionalized homophobia of coach Rene Portland."

U People: LGBT Rockumentary
"In a Brooklyn brownstone, thirty women and trans folks of color participated in the creation of Hanifah Walidah's Make a Move music video. Cameras were left rolling. U People is an accidental documentary of discussion and dialogue among the women between shots for the music video.