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Born in Flames
A film by Lizzie Borden

80 minutes, fiction, color, English, 1983

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The movie that rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative, thrilling and still-relevant classic is a comic fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women - across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference - emerges to blow the System apart.

Featuring early cameos by Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Bogosian.


"Funny, gutsy, inspiring!" - MS. Magazine

"By turns humorous, satirical and deadly earnest. A still-potent artifact of political commitment." - LA Weekly

"A funny, futuristic, feminist sci-fi drama...far more sophisticated than mere propaganda." - Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"A radical feminist wonder!" - Variety

"Part Sci-Fi Fantasy, Part Feminist Adventure Story!" - Philadelphia Enquirer

"Thrilling, explosive… still potent after all these years." - Paper Magazine

"If anyone doubted it, the 2016 elections, among other things, highlighted the place of culture in politics, of ideology in style. The director Lizzie Borden’s passionate, furiously energetic 1983 political fantasy Born in Flames makes the connection clear in a presciently progressive way. Borden’s film has the freewheeling energy of its young activists; the film, blending fiction and documentary, is edited with a rush of principled passions and a sharp edge of discerning ideas. It’s a thrilling time capsule of New York places and moods and a vision of necessary social change that--unfortunately--remains as current now as it was at the time it was made." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker


Read the interview with Lizzie Borden on ieweekly.com

  Buy the poster from Posteritati

Disc Features

●  Interview with the Director

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