Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives


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This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

This feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film. Forbidden Love brings an important and empowering history of lesbian sexuality in Canada out of the closet.

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives, Aerlyn Weissman & Lynne Fernie, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Aerlyn Weissman
    Lynne Fernie
  • script
    Aerlyn Weissman
    Lynne Fernie
  • producer
    Margaret Pettigrew
    Ginny Stikeman
  • executive producer
    Ginny Stikeman
    Rina Fraticelli
  • photography
    Zoe Dirse
  • animation camera
    Lynda Pelley
    Pierre Landry
  • sound
    Justine Pimlott
  • editing
    Cathy Gulkin
    Denise Beaudoin
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
    Chris Crilly
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • music
    Kathryn Moses
  • cast
    Stephanie Morgenstern
    Lynne Adams
    Marie-Jo Thério
    George Thomas
    Lory Wainberg
    Ann Marie MacDonald
    Michael Copeland

  • None

    Very good can be seen on you tube in a short extract. Actresses names should be listed. Otherwise charming.

    None, 9 Sep 2022
  • None

    Vin Packer's real name is Marijane Meaker who besides being Patricia Highsmith's Ex Girlfriend who wrote The Price Of Salt/Carol. In later years she wrote Deliver Us From Evie as well as Gentlehands as M.E. Kerr. Marijane also helped Ann Bannon (Odd Girl Out) get into the "Game". In those days there was never to be a happy ending, they didn't want folks to think Same Sex Love was okay.

    None, 3 Dec 2020
  • edmods

    Moving and revealing, I have to agree men are really fucked up and the way the world is today is largely due to this enigma.

    edmods, 30 Nov 2014
  • Sand

    A wonderful record.

    Sand, 12 Sep 2014
  • Pup

    It's about time this wonderful movie was available on dvd. Can't wait!

    Pup, 16 May 2014

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