BLACK GOLD is back at it again! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then 'til now, Black Gold invites you to join us in celebrating our first birthday with a 35mm screening of Lizzie Borden's feminist masterpiece BORN IN FLAMES!
"Borden’s landmark, low-budget revolutionary treatise addresses a semi-documentary, semi-fictional parallel world to ours, where competing feminist groups wander the streets and control the radio waves, and where the “Social Democratic” administration in power is powerless to stop the tide of progress stemming from racial and gender injustice.
An instant hit upon its premiere at the 1983 Berlin Film Festival, Born in Flames has since influenced countless feminists. This “unruly, unclassifiable film—perhaps the sole entry in the hybrid genre of radical-lesbian-feminist sci-fi vérité—premiered two years into the Reagan regime, but its fury proves as bracing today as it was back when this country began its inexorable shift to the right.”"
— Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
"Cut to the beat of the Red Krayola, Lizzie Borden’s no wave, lo-fi, sci-fi polemic announced a new type of queer cinema nearly a decade before the New Queer Cinema movement coalesced in the early 90s. Ten years after a socialist revolution, diverse feminist factions come together to fight for their rights in a society that calls itself a utopia while quietly maintaining the status quo. Shot in the rough and tumble New York of the 80s, Born in Flames captures an aesthetically and politically radical downtown scene."
“Anyone outside its target demographic of Trotskyite black lesbian separatists should avoid [Born in Flames] at all costs.”
— The Onion
35mm restoration print courtesy of Anthology Film Archives.