This inspiring film profiles the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a non-hierarchical, collectively-run archive that preserves the various expressions of lesbian identity, love, and solidarity. Scrappy and determined, a cross-generational team of women steward the collection from a cramped Manhattan apartment to a building of its own. As memory fades and members depart, the volunteer archivists contemplate the safeguarding and transmission of these invaluable materials — and the stories they document — to future generations.
Followed by: Panel discussion with director Megan Rossman, archivist Loni Shibuyama (ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archive at the USC Libraries), Angela Brinskele (June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives), and Jenni Olson (LGBTQ Film Historian) – schedules permitting.
Megan Rossman is assistant professor and chair of communication at Purchase College and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has also worked as a multimedia journalist at The Washington Post and as the director of video at Teach For America. In 2011, she won a regional Emmy for her video Unfinished Business: Earth Day, 40 Years Later and, in 2009, collaborated on A Mother’s Risk, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.