NFB rereleases Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
If you're interested in taking a look at a slice of Canadian LGBT history to see how much has (and also what hasn't) changed in our country, the National Film Board of Canada's Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives is being re-released in a remastered high-definition version.
The 1992 documentary, by Aerlyn Weissman (a local filmmaker) and Lynne Fernie, features interviews with nine Canadian women (primarily from Vancouver and Toronto) who talk, both candidly and humorously, about their coming-of-age experiences, including their relationships, their search for lesbian social spaces, and the risks they faced, in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
The influence of lesbian pulp fiction also figures in the discussion. Pulp fiction author Ann Bannon talks about her experience of working in the genre.
The film (now with a French subtitles option) will be available as a digital purchase or rental, or on DVD, from the NFB website on May 20.