Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
Vancouver Island Regional Library – Comox Branch
1720 Beaufort Ave, Comox, British Columbia, V9M 1R7
***This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.***
Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Weissman
1992 | 1 h 24 min
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.