A woman living in Atlanta makes a complaint about sexual assault. A new female police officer hears from her superiors that they don't intend to hire women. A teenage girl admits for the first time that she is not attracted to men, and a married woman says she's no longer going to fake her orgasms. Sound familiar? The fact is that the stories cited in Yours in Sisterhooddidn't happen yesterday, but rather more than 40 years ago. Director Irene Lusztig managed to persuade women she didn't know to read aloud letters that had been sent to the editors of Ms. magazine-considered the first feminist publication in the United States. The majority of them were never published, and not everyone agrees with their content. Nervously glancing at the camera, they wonder about what women's independence means today as they share their own problems. You can be a feminist in more ways than one, says a young girl in place of a former reader. It's just a shame that women are still facing most of the same problems today.
Born in the United Kingdom in 1974, Irene Lusztig is an American director, producer and visual artist. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Anthology Film Archives and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among other places. She has received fellowships and grants from the LEF Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New York State Council on the Arts. She lectures at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her documentary Reconstruction was an award winner at the San Francisco Film Festival, and Yours inSisterhood was screened in Berlin in 2018.
2005 The Samantha Smith Project
2013 The Motherhood Archives
2014 Maternity Test (short)
2018 Siostrzeństwo / Yours in Sisterhood