Part of Essentials of Feminist Cinema.
A landmark of early 1980s American independent cinema, and made for only $40,000, Lizzie Borden's BORN IN FLAMES is figuratively and literally an all-out attack on our patriarchal society, a call to arms for women everywhere. This Molotov cocktail of a film, set slightly in the future in a world largely resembling our own (or rather downtown NYC in the late 70s/early 80s), uses documentary techniques alongside invented narratives to tell the story of a feminist insurgency against the incumbent Socialist Democratic government. Featuring performances from Kathryn Bigelow, Adele Bertei, and Ron Vawter, BORN IN FLAMES examines the extremist agendas of two different feminist groups as they strategize, debate, take up arms, and form a true Women’s Army. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.