A Persistent Desire is a feature length documentary film that celebrates and affirms butch and femme identities and dynamics in the 21st century. In this clip, author Jewelle Gomez describes her take on the butch/femme dynamic (clip opens in a new window):
Most mainstream ideas of who black lesbians are and what they are like come from images/media NOT created by black lesbians themselves. That’s why black./womyn: conversations is such a breath of fresh air. The documentary contains interviews with a wide variety of black lesbians who discuss a multitude of topics.
I would say that the overarching theme of the movie is: How do you exist/survive in a world where everything that you are (black, female, lesbian) is NOT valued–if not downright despised?
Though people are frank and honest, it’s not a depressing film at all and has quite a bit of humor.
I wanted to take this time to share a great performance of the the Black season: Shifting focus to women of color on the L word weekly series Pre-show presented by Queer Black Cinema.org. This series was not only created to highlight the women of color on the L word in front and behind the lens but also to help raise funds for our 4th Annual FADES OF BLACK WOMYN FILM SHOWCASE 2009.
This year in honor of women’s month, we are honoring award winning Trinidadian Black British Lesbian filmmaker, Campbell X (formally known as Inge Blackman). Campbell currently resides in London, UK. The event will take place March 26, 2009 at the Brecht Forum in NYC from 7 PM – 10 PM. I am asking you to please help spread the word. Feel free to pass this video along. Sponsorship packages are available. You may also donate online at http://www.queerblackcinema.org/IwantMyQBC.htm. For $100 or more you have the option of going through our 501-c3 Non-profit fiscal sponsor, MIX NYC Film Festival for tax purposes.