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Lives Visible

Lesbians in a box… two thousand private snapshots hidden away for over fifty years reveal the rich history of Chicago’s working class butch/fem life in the pre-Stonewall era. Spanning four decades, from the 1930s to the early 1970s, the snapshots provide a rare look at a vanished and vibrant Lesbian culture: images of lovers and friends as they played, posed, serially switched partners, worked, partied, drank, and aged. Now we all take selfies; these women used a Brownie camera to tell the story of their community. LIVES: VISIBLE explores the ephemeral nature of culture and the power of the images we make.

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Main credits

Citron, Michelle (filmmaker)
Citron, Michelle (editor of moving image work)
Citron, Michelle (narrator)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Pete Biagi, Judy Hoffman; music, Reuben Allen; editor, Michelle Citron.

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Distributor subjects

Cinema Studies, Documentary Studies, Gender, LGBTQIA, Mass Media & Popular Culture


LGBTQIA, Chicago, Stonewall; Lives Visible; Women Make Movies; LGBTQ

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