Näst på tur bland våra regissörer är Myriam Fougère, regissören bakom dokumentären Lesbiana – A Parallele Revolution!
Cinema Queer: How did the idea with lesbiana – a parallel revolution start?
Myriam Fougère: At some point I realized that I had been part of a movement that was no more, a movement that was so underground or diverse that it did not have a name. I missed the feeling of wholeness that I have felt in those years. I thought that maybe it was finally time to look back, to find lesbians who had been part of the movement and see where they are now, to reminisce with them and understand those eventful years. I also wanted to show old lesbian radicals, to expand the images of women that we get to see represented in films. I thought that if we do not talk about our experience from our perspective, we might just disappear from history. Who would ever know we even existed? There was the question of clandestinity. There were good reasons why our movement had been of the radar, but to not be forgotten we had to be visible to the whole world now. Today with my film, I am meeting interesting lesbians everywhere, from all ages, activists, working often in small groups, in much the same spirit as described in my film. Some are creating women spaces to live, other organizing actions or temporary spaces to meet and share their art, their thoughts and choose the political actions they want to participate in.
Cinema Queer: Is this just beginning? Are you working on a sequel?
Myriam Fougère: A sequel? In seeing “Lesbiana- A parallel Revolution”, many lesbians express the wish to have the story of their country told, realizing that if we do not do it, we might be forgotten and be invisibles to those coming after us. We have to write, tell the stories, make films about our herstory. I believe that some of the dreams we had are still shared by some young lesbians and it is important that we leave traces, words and images of our lives. I would love to see films telling the story of the movement as it developed in France, Italy, Germany, England, Spain, Brazil, Sweden, etc. But those stories have to be told from the women who lived them, who can share the specific struggles and accomplishments of their corner of the world.
Cinema Queer: We ask all our directors, which queer film inspired you the most?
Myriam Fougère: It is wonderful to travel to film festivals and get to see films that are not easily accessible otherwise. I could not name one specific film that inspires me. I am inspired by many lesbians who share their visions of the world with us. I am thrilled to see film from India, South Africa, Senegal, Italy, Germany, Brazil or Sweden, films that show the extend of our culture and the way we survive in this world.
Cinema Queer: Our official poster is very unicornio. What is your relation to unicorns?
Myriam Fougère: The horn of the Unicorn reminds me of the narwhal…other than that I don’t have much to say about unicorns…sorry.
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