This award-winning portrait of lesbian life in the 1940s, 50s and 60s incorporates interviews, archival footage and a pulp novel dramatization to illustrate this incredible time. With humor and grace, ten charming and fascinating women discuss what it was like being lesbians at a very different time in history. Their candid and riveting stories bring to life what it was like coming out (or being closeted) and finding community amidst the homophobic backdrop of the era.
Interwoven with this real-life history is the aching romantic, pulp-novel inspired tale of star-crossed lovers Beth and Laura. The film also features an interview with the acclaimed 1950s lesbian pulp author Ann Bannon (Beebo Brinker, Odd Girl Out). A charming portrait of lesbian history.
Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives was recipient of the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary in 1994 as well as being honored with the Best Feature Documentary Genie Award (Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars). From acclaimed filmmakers Lynn Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman, this 20th Anniversary re-release has been lovingly remastered in HD by the National Film Board of Canada.
Whether they look like truckers or cowboys or sweet-faced grannies, the women seen in Forbidden Love have a shared sense of humor. — The New York Times