Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Goddag mit navn er Lesbisk: Documentary about lesbian life in Denmark

Goddag mit navn er Lesbisk (Hello, my name is lesbian) is an awesome Danish documentary about lesbian life in Denmark through the years. I say awesome, because documentaries that depict lesbian life in all its facets are still pretty rare. In fact, this documentary is the first film about lesbian life and culture in Denmark.

According to the official website, the documentary “shows modern lesbian lifestyle and culture in all its diversity as it is lived in one of the most sexually liberated countries in the world. Set against historic footage from the last five decades, women aging from 19 to 84, share their views on sex, family gatherings, parental roles, night life and careers: every facet of the lives we lead, viewed through the eyes of women who have chosen identities departing from the norm.”

Just reading the synopsis makes me very excited and I can’t wait to see this film. As much as I enjoy a nice fictional plot, with lots of drama, crime or even a nice romance, there is something about watching just every day women like yourself living their lives that’s just very...well, nice.

In this documentary we can see lesbians from all walks of life, from the fifties until present time, telling us stories about their lives, about challenging gender roles, falling in love, and raising a family. It shows you what it was like to be queer in former times, to be political, engage in same sex ballroom dancing, live in a small conservative town and much more.

The documentary was made by filmmakers Iben Haahr Andersen and Minna Grooss, who’d been working on it since 2006. The official release in Denmark will be in October, but the film has already had its first screening during the World Outgames a few weeks ago.

So far no official international release dates are available yet. However, the makers of the documentary are planning a screening tour through Europe. They are especially working on getting their documentary shown in many Eastern European countries, hoping it will improve people’s opinions about the LGBT community.

This article was first published on eurOut.

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