Born in Flames
Restored 35mm Print
Mel Y. Chen is an associate professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley and Director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture.
Honey, Jeanne Satterfield, Flo Kennedy, Adele Bertei,
Born in Flames is set in a near-future New York City on the tenth anniversary of a “social-democratic war of liberation,” where self-congratulatory government messaging on mainstream media is countered by critical broadcasts on pirate radio and violence and unrest in the streets, and a Black-led “women’s liberation army” advised by Zella Wylie—played by real-life lawyer and activist Flo Kennedy—roams. “Applying the visual cues of experimental and documentary filmmaking, this explosive work offers a speculative, feminist polemic set in a potential future that mirrors both the present in which it was made and ours. . . . Borden’s fevered 1983 film is absolutely one we should be watching right now” (Yasmina Price, Vulture).