The Cancer Journals Revisited
98 min. digital film, 2018
The Cancer Journals Revisited is prompted by the question of what it means to re-visit and re-vision
Black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde’s classic 1980 memoir of her breast cancer experience today.
At the invitation of the filmmaker, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, twenty-seven writers, artists, activists, health care advocates, and current and former patients recite Lorde’s manifesto aloud on camera, collectively dramatizing it and producing an oration for the screen. The film is both a critical commentary and a poetic reflection upon the precarious conditions of survival within the intimate and politicized public sphere of illness.