Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives // Newly Restored 30th Anniversary Screening


Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aerlyn Weissman
Lynne Fernie


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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.


Join the director Lynne Fernie, moderator Janis Cole and special guests who worked on the original film 30 years ago for a Q&A after the screening:

Award-winning cinematographer Zoe Dirse, CSC (Forbidden Love DOP); one of Canada's foremost film and television editors Cathy Gulkin, CCE (Forbidden Love editor); veteran documentary producer and director, Geeta Sondhi (Forbidden Love production manager) and multi-talented filmmaker, scriptwriter, television director and actress Stephanie Morgenstern (Forbidden Love star "Laura").

Promotional Partners: The ArQuives, Inside Out and Media Commons Archive at the University of Toronto

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