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The Edge of Each Other's Battles
The Vision of Audre Lorde
A film by Jennifer Abod
US, 2002, 59 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. W04833
This powerful documentary is a moving tribute to legendary black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). One of the most celebrated icons of feminism's second wave, Lorde inspired several generations of activists with her riveting poetry, serving as a catalyst for change and uniting the communities of which she was a part: black arts and black liberation, women's liberation and lesbian and gay liberation. Nowhere was this more apparent than the groundbreaking I AM YOUR SISTER CONFERENCE which brought together 1200 activists from 23 countries, including thrilling footage of the inimitable Lorde herself, and candid interviews with conference organizers. THE EDGE OF EACH OTHER'S BATTLES powerfully brings Lorde's legacy of poetry and politics to life and conveys the spirit, passion and intensity that remains her trademark.


Bonus material now available! Footage from the 1990 “I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections Across Difference Conference” includes complete speech by Lorde and additional selections of poetry and music.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


Black International Cinema, Berlin, Best Doc.

  • Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)
  • San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • IMMAGINARIA International Lesbian Film Festival
  • New York, LA, Toronto, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, Utah, and Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
  • Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago
  • The Black Women's Arts Festival in Philadelphia
  • Africa in the Picture, Amsterdam

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QUOTES

    "Extraordinary...embodies Lorde's words on anger and difference - how these can unite, not divide, when faced squarely and expressed honestly."
    M. Charlene Ball, Ph.D.
    Academic Professional, Women's Studies Institute, Georgia State University

    "The depth of discussion is intensely satisfying.. The footage of Lorde in Abod's film is superb..."
    Feminist Collections

    "Recommended for all women's studies and gay-lesbian studies collections in academic libraries."
    Library Journal

    "Splendid...Abod's imaginative weave of Audre's poetry, commitment to justice and community, and passion for life should be presented in every history, literature, GLBT, and Women's Studies classroom."
    Blanche Wiesen Cook, historian, and Claire Cook, playwright

    "Captures the essence of Lorde's political vision and also a crucial moment in lesbian feminist history..."
    Pat Cramer
    English and Women's Studies, University of Connecticut

    "A valuable addition to the growing body of work on Audre Lorde. It is a testament to her life and work as writer, cultural worker, and inspiration to many. For the women (and men) organizing, gathering, speaking, and singing in praise of Audre Lorde documented in this film, poetry indeed is not luxury but necessary bread. I will be using this film in my courses in poetry, African American, and women's studies."
    Fahamisha Patricia Brown
    Associate Professor of English, College of Staten Island, CUNY

    "The Edge of Each Other's Battles captures the passion and energy of intellect in action. Even beyond the grave, Audre Lorde inspires diverse audiences to explore their convictions and continue the honest dialogue that is essential among us."
    Fawn Groves
    Utah State University

    “A must for women’s studies, gay-lesbian studies, and political collections in an academic library.”
    Susanne Boatright
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    "The film balances a celebratory narrative of the conference with an honest portrayal of the difficulty of negotiating race and class privilege in women-of-color feminist settings."
    Signs Journal of Women in Culture & Society

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