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Dir. Marusya Bociurkiw
2023, Canada, 94 min

Analogue Revolution traces the rise and fall of analogue communications networks that resulted in almost 1000 feminist journals and newspapers and dozens of radio shows, film festivals and film/video collectives across Canada. From Halifax to Vancouver, feminist storytellers of the 1970s to 1990s took hold of cutting-edge analogue media technology to document everything from racism in the women’s movement, to how to insert a diaphragm. You’ll hear from rockstar mediamakers like Studio D’s Bonnie Sherr Klein (Montreal/Vancouver) and Sylvia D. Hamilton (Nova Scotia); print collectives like Womonspace News (Edmonton) and Our Lives: Black Women’s Newspaper (Toronto). Zainub Verjee tells the story of Canada’s first women of colour film festival, InVisible Colours; Nora D. Randall describes what it meant to create Pedestal, the first feminist newspaper in Canada. Rare archival footage, like African American feminist poet Audre Lorde’s speech at the Third International Feminist Book Fair (Montreal 1988) and pro-choice demonstrations in the 1980’s, lead to the film’s climax: draconian cutbacks to women’s and lesbian organizations across Canada, following the massacre of women at École Polytechnique in Montreal, 1989. The film concludes with a resurgence: young BIPOC feminists using analogue strategies to create new feminist digital networks.

Presented in partnership with MAWA and CKUW.

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