The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 61 minutes
When Ellie Conant passed away at the age of 36 after a long battle with lymphoma, her partner and her friends in the lesbian community wanted a way to share her story with others. Luckily, they knew the perfect place to do just that: The Lesbian Herstory Archives. Located in Brooklyn, New York, The Lesbian Herstory Archives is the world’s largest collection of materials and stories by and about lesbians. For more than 40 years, the archives have documented the often untold history of the lesbian community, while providing an opportunity for multiple generations of women to share their stories. Now that the co-founders of the archives are in their mid-70s, they are in the process of passing the torch. By adding more recent stories such as Ellie’s into the archives, this entirely volunteer-run organization hopes to create a space for future generations to connect and to learn for years to come. Informative, uplifting, and inspirational, THE ARCHIVETTES documents the creation and growth of the Herstory Archives, and the impact these important resources have had on the lesbian community. — G.S.
Listen to THE ARCHIVETTES episode of CIFF Speaks here.
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 6:45 PM ET
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles