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Born in Flames


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  • Actors: Honey (II), Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy, Becky Johnston
  • Directors: Lizzie Borden
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6IHRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Born in Flames" on IMDb

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  • Interview with director Lizzie Borden

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution, Born In Flames is a comic fantasy of female rebellion. When Adelaide Norris, the founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a seemingly impossible coalition of women- crossing all lines of race, class, and sexual preference- emerges to blow the System apart. In a series of thrilling and often humorous encounters between groups of women ranging from militant black lesbians to white punk feminist musicians, Born in Flames covers a wide range of radical feminist ideas.

Review

Part Sci-Fi Fantasy, Part Feminist Adventure Story! --Philadelphia Enquirer

Thrilling, explosive... still potent after all these years. --Paper Magazine

By turns humorous, satirical and deadly earnest... a still-potent artifact of political commitment. --LA Weekly

Customer Reviews

Women who happen to be lesbian, blue-collar, and of color, are still the most oppressed people in our society.
S. Spears
I mean sure I guess that I understood the general concept of the movie but why did I feel like I was missing something?
Flannery
Granted the technical qualities of this film betray very small budget, but it is made with spirit, drive and passion.
Steven F. Scharff

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven F. Scharff on August 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It's the tenth anniversary of a Socialist being elected President of the United States...and very little has changed for women. Granted that great strides have been made for equality and social justice, but the economy has suffered and much of the great changes have been mostly talk. Women are still the last ones hired and the first ones fired. Two groups of activist women (or should that be "womyn"?) decide to take their rage to the streets, voicing their opinions on two pirate radio stations; Radio Regazza (led by a white lesbian radical) and Phoenix Radio (led by a soft-spoken black woman). Granted the technical qualities of this film betray very small budget, but it is made with spirit, drive and passion. I've seen Hollywood films with one hundred times the budget that weren't this good, nor that packed a message as powerful. (Also, don't be confused by the director's name. From what I know, she has no relation to the axe murder.)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kbrienz" on February 29, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
If you call yourself a feminist and haven't seen this movie you should be ashamed of yourself. It is smart, fun, exciting, and powerful. The film also highlights most of the threads of feminist thought going on during the 60's-70's and contrasts them nicely through the main character's discussions. Feminist/socialist/futurology what could be better!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PolarisDiB on June 21, 2006
Format: DVD
I never, ever believed anyone would release this movie on DVD. Having seen it in a film class and hoping I'd maybe find a run-down VHS copy to have if I could ever get around to it, I was very, very surprised to go into work today and see it sitting so happily in the new arrivals section. I bought it immediately, before I even clocked on.

I can't comment on the quality of the disc quite yet, as I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet, but the wonderful thing about this movie is that a bad transfer, although still a nuisance, can kind of add to its griminess. This movie is very documentary-esque in the sense that it looks like its shot on film taped together from single frames, early neo-realism style. Except what sets this film apart from the type of films that look like they were shot on somebody's parents' videocamera is that it's really well written, and the grime fits the tone.

It is ten years after the "Second American Revolution," and the leader of the Women's Army mysteriously dies... setting off women across the nation to take down The System. Honestly, this movie makes one think that they must have missed something while sleeping through classes.... "Second American Revolution? When did that happen?" It's plausible enough.

A few images might seem dated, but I think they only increase the symbolic effect. Stuff like the World Trade Center... very powerful symbol today. And the way the film analyzes the media and its use is very important to. On many fronts, in many ways, and in many senses this is a brilliant movie, one that just gets better the longer one takes to sit back and think, "Huh, crazy, that makes a lot of sense." Above all, it's visionary, pointing out the problems with feminism itself as well as promoting it.

--PolarisDiB
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Born in flames was an interesting film that brought up feminist issues still relevant today. However, the quality of the production was somewhat jarring, to the point that it distracted me from the content. There were snippets of seemingly random content interjected, perhaps merely to pad the length of the film. I couldn't give those snippets any more meaning than that. I realize this was an independent film, but the acting certainly left much to be desired. I had high hopes for Born in Flames, but I was ultimately left disappointed and confused.
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