Historiografie

Born In Flames

Aus Flammen geboren
Lizzie Borden
USA 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
90min
V'19

In einer fernen Zukunft, die sozialistische Gesellschaftsordnung ist bereits erkämpft – ja, solche Utopien gab es! –, zumindest nach Auffassung des größten Teils des männlichen Mainstreams. Hier setzt die Erzählung ein – und Lizzie Bordens schonungslose, zugleich ungemein gewitzte Kritik an linker Macho-Romantik und selbstzufriedenem weißen Polit-Pathos an. Es sind vor allem schwarze Frauen, die jetzt mobilmachen und sich zu militanten Gruppen zusammenschließen, um gegen ihre Unterdrückung aufzubegehren. Von ihren Kämpfen handelt der Film. Sehen Sie selbst. Es lohnt sich sehr. (Katja Wiederspahn)

 

Lizzie Borden’s visionary BORN IN FLAMES returns to screens in a restored version at just the right moment, as shockingly few of the grievances it airs are resolved nearly 40 years on. It’s 10 years since the Social-Democratic War of Liberation brought socialism to the US and the anniversary is a perfect propaganda opportunity, although unrest is stirring. A black vigilante group named the Women’s Army is intervening across the city to protect women, just as men are taking to the streets to protest about the jobs forced onto them by the controversial Work Fair program; needless to say, the female worker’s plight is graver still. While the TV reports can’t conceal their sexism, racism, and homophobia, other perspectives are there too: free radio stations, white feminist magazine editors, and the Women’s Army themselves, although the latter are being watched ... Borden not only anticipates the dizzying, oft-unreliable media positions of today, but also grasps the world via a conception of intersectionality as matter of fact as it is desperately contemporary. And if such themes sound dry, the very opposite is true, as all the toe-tapping anthems ensure: seeing the flames of politics fanned via funk, mockumentary, and speculative fiction is as rousing as it is singular. (James Lattimer)

Credits
  • Honey - Honey
  • Adele Bertei - Isabel
  • Jean Satterfeld - Adelaide
  • Kathryn Bigelow - Redakteurin
  • Lizzie Borden
  • Ed Bowes
  • Al Santana
  • Lizzie Borden
Lizzie Borden, CAPS. The Jerome Foundation

Lizzie Borden

Arsenal Berlin
DCP
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