Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (Clip)

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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.


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


  • 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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