A Litany For Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde

1995 (NR) 52 min.
Director: Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson
Featuring: Audre Lorde

Synopsis: An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings — spanning five decades — articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century. From Lorde’s childhood roots in NYC’s Harlem to her battle with breast cancer, this moving film explores a life and a body of work that embodied the connections between the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s movement, and the struggle for lesbian and gay rights. At the heart of this documentary is Lorde’s own challenge to «envision what
has not been and work with every fiber of who we are to make the reality and pursuit of that vision irresistible.»

Reviews: «An inspirational testimony and powerful portrait of a remarkable woman who continues to inspire a whole new generation of women today.» – Noelle Reilly, QFest, 2009 «Lorde tells her story eloquently, too involved in the evolutionary struggle to waste time on regrets and bitterness, too involved in life to fear death.» – Time Out Film Guide

Awards: Golden Gate Award for Best Biographical Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1995; Audience Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1995; Prix du Public, Creteil International Film Festival, 1995; OUTstanding Documentary Feature,

Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival, 1995; Best Feature Documentary, Philadelphia International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 1995; First Place, Documentary, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, 1996

Countries: United States
Languages: English

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