Revolution Cinema: 5 Films To Put On Your To-See List This July 4th Holiday Weekend

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 3, 2013 3:28 PM
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2- Born In Flames (1983) - Posing as a sci-fi narrative, the docu-style fictional feminist movie by Lizzie Borden, explores racism, classism, sexism and more in an alternative socialist democracy USA. 

The film is set ten years after a revolution in the United States that saw a socialist government gain power. It presents a dystopia in which the issues of many progressive groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists, to start - are dealt with by the government, but, unfortunately, there are still problems with jobs, gender matters, governmental preference and violence. Fed up, in response, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther. 

As the rights of society's marginalized are seemingly being continuously eroded, a film like this could inspire a radical political strategy that addresses those rights again, like we did 40 to 50 years ago. More specifically, some I'm sure would argue that a similar uprising by women (as it happens in the film) in pursuit of equality in this century, is more necessary than ever. 

It's regarded as the film that ushered in a new "Queer Cinema," with a cast that includes a very young Kathryn Bigelow!

It should also be easy to find on home video. Last I checked, it was streaming on Netflix.

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  • James Madison | July 3, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    The Black Power Mixtape (that I found out about at S&A) is a very good film. A lot of insight. I saw it at the IFC theater and ned to pick it up.

    I have not see The Spook Who Sat By The Door since high school.

    Good picks.

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