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Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes, and Sadomasochism
IFC Center
Monday, Oct 10, 2022 8:00 PM
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Admission General Admission - $17.00
Admission Child - $14.00
Admission Senior - $14.00

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Tamara SantibaƱez presents BLOODSISTERS: LEATHER, DYKES, AND SADOMASOCHISM (Michelle Handelman, 1995)

Interdisciplinary artist Tamara SantibaƱez presents BLOODSISTERS: LEATHER, DYKES, AND SADOMASOCHISM, a deep dive into a community of Leatherdykes in San Francisco in the mid-90s. This debut documentary by filmmaker Michelle Handelman presents a rough collage of kink and BDSM practices, leaning into forms of play not often shown, even in queer films. From images of needle play to shots of extended BDSM scenes to tops directly addressing the audience as their submissives, the film is unflinching in its portrayal of this leather scene. Through collected interviews, an image of a community that is grappling with questions of forbidden desires, gender & sexual fluidity, and the politicization of their very existence begins to emerge. Between the bright colored overlays and the iconic 90s fashion (mullets everywhere!), the film itself transforms into a kind of a time capsule, documenting a moment in queer history in all its messy, complicated, campy glory.

Screening as part of Fall 2022 season of Queer|Art|Film.

Film Details
Running Time:77
Director:Michelle Handelman
Accessibility:Assistive Listening