Pioneer lesbian-feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer constructs an autobiography before someone else does it for her in this post-modern sequel to her 1992 award-winning documentary Nitrate Kisses.
Childhood stories of the artist as a young lesbian and intimate tales of the lesbian as a young artist underscore the filmmaker's life of performances. She robs an American Express in Morcco with a Swiss army knife and acosts a shepherd in a field on International Women's Day. Shirley Temple was the ideal by which Hammer's ambitious mother measured her own Barbie, so Hammer tap dances on the child's star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Lesbian autobiography is a slender genre, so Hammer draws from general culture studies for critique and to provide an ironic edge to the synthesized 'voices of authority'. Using personal archival footage of the AFL/CIO faculty strikes at San Francisco State College supported by Black Panther Party (1968), the first San Diego Women's Music Festival (1965), and the 'Take Back the Night' March in San Francisco (1979), Hammer challenges a younger generation to visualize a world before they existed.
The stories tug at your heart, the theory teases your intellect, and the fragile line between truth and fiction provokes you in this dense and hypnotic montage.
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