THE ARCHIVETTES2020-07-01T17:04:51-06:00
THE ARCHIVETTES
This film was presented as part of the 2020 Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival.
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Directed by: Megan Rossman
Runtime: 61 min
Year: 2019
Country: USA
Rated: Not Rated
Language: English
Film Type: Documentary
Format: Streaming
Restrictions: Available only in the US

“Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it.” With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians.

For more than 40 years, through many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history, the all-volunteer organization has literally rescued history from the trash. Now the co-founders are in their mid-70s, and the group faces a number of challenges: A transfer of leadership. The rise of digital technology. A renewed call to activism in a politically charged moment.

The Archivettes is a documentary film that explores how this group came together to combat lesbian invisibility and create “a place that says yes.”

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