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2006 schedule
Co-presentation with the
Center for Middle Eastern Studies Film Series
TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 7pm
(Elle Flanders/2005/Canada/90 min)
Presented by ELLE FLANDERS in person

Still from Zero Degrees of Separation

This intimate documentary explores the complex lives of Israeli and Palestinian gays and lesbians in inter-ethnic relationships. Director Elle Flanders breaks with the sensationalistic media coverage of the violence in the Middle East by documenting the everyday lives of courageous, outspoken individuals as they take small steps towards peace, mutual respect and hope.

“Zero Degrees is hypnotic, elegaic, political, and incisive. Yet the film isn't merely poetic -- it illuminates the filmmaker's (and by extension, the viewer's) complicity in war and intolerance.” -- Jennie Livingston

“Flanders has found a way to surround a verite slice of life with the most deeply personal and lyrical frame, complicating our notions of Israeli/Palestinian ‘relations’ in a wonderfully unexpected fashion. Her documentary speaks to anyone who cares about the future of partnerships, filmmaking, or social justice.” -- B. Ruby Rich


Flanders will be joined by U of A graduate students Jessica Weinberg (Anthropology and Linguistics) and Ashley Alsayyad (Women's Studies).

Jessica P. Weinberg's research examines the ways in which the feminist peace movement in Israel is linguistically and discursively constructed from within, by the Palestinian and Jewish activists who participate in the movement.  Her scholarship is informed by her own feminist and queer activism, as well as her peace activism in alliance with Palestinian activists and with other Jewish activists.

Ashley Alsayyad is a first year graduate student in the Women's Studies Department at the University of Arizona where she is working on a project about Muslim lesbians in the Middle East.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 7:30pm
(Angelina Maccarone/2005/Germany/90 min)

Unveiled Farbia on plane and Jasmin and Annake

Fariba, persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany.  She takes an illegal job in a sauerkraut factory, where fellow worker Anne takes an interest in the strange foreigner.  As the two become close, Anne begins to suspect Fariba’s true identity—and both women face danger when authorities tell Fariba she must return to Iran.

Unveiled is at once a love story and a political film about the arbitrary violence of exile.

(Beate Kunath/2006/Germany/7 min)
Intense longing and desire for a past relationship continue to haunt a broken-hearted lover at every sunrise.
201 N. Court Ave.
Namoli Brennet


FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 7:30pm
(Sam Feder & Julie Hollar/ 2006/ USA/ 81 min)

Boy I Am / Imani

While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in this country, conversations about trans issues in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer women who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. Boy I Am aims to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans issues through the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City as they go through major junctures in their transitions, alongside the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who raise and address the questions that many people have but few openly discuss.

“There's a new gender being born into Western Civilization, and Boy I Am is an important, entertaining, and disturbing film that elegantly and poignantly captures its birthing.” -- Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World

(Gentry McShane/ 2004/ 4 min)
This short video explores gender fluidity.


Sponsored by SAGA, the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, panelists will include:

Clark A. Pomerleau teaches history and women's studies courses at the University of Arizona. Pomerleau's book manuscript in progress assesses second wave feminists' cultural conflict with the New Right in the United States. Current work includes the necessity for feminism to be gender-inclusive enough to embrace feminist men and transpeople.

C. Michael Woodward is Program Coordinator of Wingspan's Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), providing support and advocacy services for gender-diverse people. He also serves as Co-Chair of The University of Arizona President's LGBT Advisory Council. Michael is also a past president of the Board of Directors of Women in the Arts, Inc./National Women's Music Festival and was active in the Midwestern lesbian feminist communities of the 1980s and 90s prior to beginning his transition to male in 1999.

This screening is dedicated to the memory of pioneering Tucson trans activist Alexander Goodrum.

And for after the screening, head on over to the CLUB CONGRESS and check out tonight's performance of BOYZ R US , Tucson's drag king troupe.


FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 7:30pm
(Linda Thornburg / 2005 / USA / 126 min)

Mrs. Stevens in rose garden with friend

“A muse is always a woman and a lover.”  This vivid adaptation of May Sarton’s 1965 landmark novel tells the story of writer Hilary Stevens, who shocked the world in the 1920s with her novel about a love affair between two women.  In the 1960s, the aging writer is interviewed by two young reporters who want to know, “Who’s the muse?” 

Through lushly filmed flashbacks, Hilary recalls the women who have inspired her work, revealing not only her own romantic past but also taking us on a historical journey from the sexually liberated 20s to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 50s.  This labor of love, which took writer-director Linda Thornburg over 20 years to bring to the screen, features exceptional acting, intelligent writing, and a diverse and beautiful soundtrack ranging from jazz to opera.

“Romantic, smart and exquisite”  --Frameline Film Festival


FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 7:00pm
3233 E. Speedway
TICKET INFO: 795-7777
(Katherine Brooks / 2005 / USA / 80 min)

Annabelle and teacher

A modern homage to the 1931 classic, Mädchen in Uniform, Loving Annabelle is a smart and sultry film about a boarding school student who finally meets her match...or does she?

The wild daughter of a senator, Annabelle (Erin Kelly) comes to a very strict Catholic boarding school as the last stop in a run of exclusive private schools that have expelled her. Intelligent, beautiful and bored, Annabelle immediately impresses both her classmates and her English teacher, Simone (Diane Gaidry), when she correctly interprets the heavily sexual meaning of an e.e. cummings poem. Simone also happens to be the dormitory monitor and thus lives on the same floor as the aggressive and sexy Annabelle. When student and teacher are the only two left on campus during spring break, the temptation is nearly overwhelming.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 6:00pm
(Kami Chisholm & Elizabeth Stark / 2006 / USA / 50 min
Followed by discussion with JOAN NESTLE
Joan Nestle

This new documentary explores femme dyke indentities as radical gender practices. FtF denaturalizes gender and pushes for an understanding of femininity as multiple rather than singular, constructed rather than natural. Sexy, smart and funny, FtF features a host of fabulous femmes, including actress and filmmaker Guinivere Turner, novelist Jewelle Gomez, rock stars Leslie Mah and Bitch, professors, activists, artists and dancers. As the directors explore the full range of femme -from tomboy femme, retro femme and rockabilly femme, to casual and high femme-it becomes clear that there's no one way for a femme to define herself. Read film review at

Joan Nestle has spent most of her adult life documenting and exploring femme desire. Co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, author of A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union and editor of The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, she fully realizes that gender and sex are still as complicated as ever. Her desire at 66 is to listen to a new generation's discussion of the body and all its histories.

Joan Nestle's first appearance at Lesbian Looks was in 2002, for a screening of Joyce Warshow's biodoc about her life and work, Hand on the Pulse, and we are pleased to welcome her back.