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Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Weissman / Canada / 1992 / 84 ' / English


Denise Beaudoin & Cathy Gulkin
Zoe Dirse
Kathryn Moses
Margaret Pettigrew & Ginny Stikeman
Art Director: Denis Boucher

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Awards & Festivals

Winner: Outstanding Film (Documentary), GLAAD Media Award 1994
Winner: Best Feature Length Documentary, Genie Awards 1993

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This queer classic has been digitally remistressed and we are delighted to share with you these titillating tales of taboo lovers.


This feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film. FORBIDDEN LOVE brings an important and empowering history of lesbian sexuality in Canada out of the closet.


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