‘Sappho’s Fire’ (2011) is a unique attempt to document the life of a marginalized and virtually invisible social group: elderly lesbians. It is based on interviews with several dozen American women who recall times of repression and stigmatization, as well as the rise of feminist consciousness-raising groups and lesbian communities.
They address their very different experiences of falling in love, the enormous cultural changes that occurred in their lifetime, their troubled relations with their families and children, the process of aging, and the attendant anxieties. Since its premiere at the Boston Film Festival, Sappho’s Fire has been shown at film festivals across the United States.
Lead by: Dominika Ferens (PhD, IFA UWr)