May 2014: Born in Flames

Born in flames poster

May’s film, Born in Flames, is a 1983 feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores intersecting issues of classism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism in the post-revolutionary socialist democracy of the United States.

The film presents a group of queer black women who, confronted with the oppression of daily life under the racist heteropatriachy, decide to take their community organizing to the next level by engaging in an armed insurrection against the government.

While the film is over 30 years old, issues of party allegiance, racism within feminist organizing, and state repression remain as prevalent today as they did then. The film is a powerful challenge to any revolutionary who believes that sexism,racism, and homophobia will be abolished ‘after the revolution’.

Doors 19:00, film starts 19:15. See you there!