FHAR/MLF - Cinema of Gay & Womens Liberation in France

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

Magic, the Occult, supernatural folk tales, witchy witches, mutant melodramas, anarchy, communism & the subaltern, Queer texts/subtexts, signs & symbols, third meanings, oblique narrative strategies, visual formalism, LSD, imminent worlds, sailors, phantom crews, ships adrift, graveyards and ruins, feminism, uncanny valleys, decolonization, gender deconstruction, cosmic games, ghosts & goblins, third world, beauty and her beasts, psychogeography, national & independent cinemas, masks of all kinds, the baroque, genres destroyed, Thanatos, ancient worlds, interior maps, guys and dolls, transhumanism, lost worlds, layers of vision, candles and candelabras, cobwebs, love stories, uncharted landscapes, deep dreams & secrets, the foreign country of the past, psychic fractures, the underworld, ultima thule, de-institutionalization, pitiless traps, Greek Key patterns, fate circumscribed in celluloid, voyeurism & paranoia, corridors & paths, the watcher and the watched,antifascism, isolation in the labyrinth, doors unopened, counter-cultured romance, priests and nuns beneath their frocks and habits, warm gods, gods dethroned, sisters, charlatans, disintegrating social structures, nuclear families on fire, dissent and silenced voices, slapstick and the mechanized body, the visual gag, tragic jokes, distant voices from other rooms, dogs baying in the darkness, flashlights, the imprisoned, the vanquished, the trapped spirits, the Kingdom of Shadows, the twentieth century, c-i-n-e-m-a.

FHAR/MLF - Cinema of Gay & Womens Liberation in France


FHAR/MLF - Cinema of Gay & Womens Liberation in France

Emerging from anarchist and Trotskyite groups in Paris's May '68 uprising, the Homosexual Front for Revolutionary Action (FHAR) and the Women's Liberation Movement (MLF) formulated a radical and provocative approach to challenging bourgeoise gender oppression. They also made a lot of kickass films—a treasure of experimental shorts, documentaries, and essay work by the artists who founded these groups! FHAR/MLF explores the work of Lionel Soukaz, Carole Roussopoulos, and work featuring trans icons like FHAR founding member Marie France, and MLF founder & feminist theorist Monique Wittig. Extremely rare underground cinema, with lots of subtitle work by Church of Film!

Special Admission

$8 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*No one turned away for lack of funds.*