History Lessons (2000) Barbara Hammer
History Lessons (2000) Barbara Hammer
History Lessons (2000) Barbara Hammer

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History Lessons

Barbara Hammer | USA | 2000 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 26 Oct 2022

Hammer’s final instalment in the “Queer History Trilogy” (Nitrate Kisses was the first) surveys and disputes the negative historical depiction of lesbians by the medical, educational, religious and legal establishments, alongside pornography and the media. The juxtaposition of archival documentary footage with early lesbian cinema and cabaret songs provides an audacious reaffirmation of queer subversion and appropriation.

Format: 16mm
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Courtesy: National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
Runtime: 66 mins

Event duration

66 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Queering the Archive: The Cinema of Barbara Hammer (Wed 26 Oct – Wed 2 Nov)

Over a career spanning 50 years and more than 80 moving-image works, American filmmaker and visual artist Barbara Hammer (1939–2019) initiated a new kind of cinema made from a distinctively female and lesbian perspective, challenging the assumptions of mainstream culture and opening a discourse for marginalised groups in society. Her personal and experimental films sought to inspire social change and make largely invisible bodies, images and histories seen.

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