Some American Feminists

A film by Nicole Brossard, Luce Guilbeault, Margaret Wescott

Canada | 1980 | 56 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99370


SOME AMERICAN FEMINISTS explores one of the most significant social histories of this century-the second wave of the women's movement-and is a fascinating flashback on the women's liberation agenda in the light of 1990s backlash. Inspirational interviews with Ti-Grace Atkinson, Rita Mae Brown, Betty Friedan, Margo Jefferson, Lila Karp and Kate Millett are intercut with newsreel footage of the tumultuous sixties and early seventies. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Some American Feminists is critical viewing for all those interested in women's studies, history and social studies.


"Few films cover so much ground in explaining this significant contemporary social phenomenon... useful for an in-depth study of women's liberation."

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Nicole Brossard

Born in Montreal (Quebec), poet, novelist and essayist Nicole Brossard published her first book in 1965. In 1965 she cofounded the influential literary magazine La Barre du Jour and in 1976 she co-directed the film SOME AMERICAN FEMINISTS. She has published eight novels including Picture Theory, Mauve Desert, Baroque at Dawn, an essay The Aerial Letter and many books of poetry including: Daydream Mechanics. She has won the Governor General award twice for her poetry (1974, 1984) and Le Grand Prix de Poesie de la Foundation les Forges in 1989 and 1999. Le Prix Athanase-David, which is for a lifetime of literary acheivement, was attributed to her in 1991. That same year she received The Harbourfront Festival Prize. In 1994, she was made a member of L'Academie des Lettres du Quebec. Her work has been widely translated and anthologized. Mauve Desert and Baroque at Dawn have been translated into Spanish. In 1998 she published a bilingual edition of an autofiction essay titled She would be the first sentence of my new novel/Elle serait la premiere phrase de mon prochain roman (1998). In 1989, a book of her poetry in translation, Installations, was released, translated by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels. Nicole Brossard now lives in Montreal. (8/14)

Luce Guilbeault

French-Canadian actress, writer, and director Luce Guilbeault was born in 1935 in Outremont, Québec and began her career as an actress at a very young age. She excelled in the theater and gained popularity after making her television debut in the youth program Opération-mystère (1957–59). Guilbeault also appeared in the hit series Des dames de coeur (1986-89) and Un signe de feu (1989-91). She was offered her first major film role by Denys Arcand in 1971, playing a bewildered wife in LA MAUDITE GALETTE, and for a time, starred in more than one film each year, including O.K... LALIBERTÉ (1973), TENDRESSE ORDINAIRE (1973), and LE TEMPS DE L’AVANT (1975). Guilbeault opted out of commercial cinema and began a brief career as a documentary producer, pursuing projects almost exclusively concerning feminist issues. (07/09)


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