DVD 90 mins IMDB 5.6
Born in Flames
 (1983)
In Collection
#8

Seen It:
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Comedy, Drama
USA  /  English

Honey Honey
Adele Bertei Isabel
Jean Satterfield Adelaide Norris
Florynce Kennedy Zella
Becky Johnston Newspaper Editor
Pat Murphy Newspaper Editor
Kathryn Bigelow Newspaper Editor
Hillary Hurst Leader of Women's Army Hillary Hurst
Sheila McLaughlin Other Leader
Marty Pottenger Other Leader / Woman at Site

Director Lizzie Borden
Producer Lizzie Borden
Writer Ed Bowes

The plot concerns two feminist groups in New York City, each voicing their concerns to the public by pirate radio. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, Isabel (Adele Bertei), operates "Radio Ragazza". The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, Honey (Honey), operates "Phoenix Radio". The local community is stimulated into action after a world-travelling political activist, Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), is arrested upon arriving at a New York City airport, and suspiciously dies while in police custody. Also, there is a Women's Army led by Hilary Hurst (Hilary Hurst) and advised by Zella (Flo Kennedy) that initially both Honey and Isabel refuse to join. This group, along with Norris and the radio stations, are under investigation by a callous FBI agent (Ron Vawter). Their progress is tracked by three interns (Becky Jonhston, Pat Murphy, Kathryn Bigelow) for a socialist newspaper run by screenwriter Ed Bowes, who go so far they get fired.

The story involves several different women coming from different perspectives and attempts to show several examples of how sexism plays out, and how it can be dealt with through direct action. A famous scene is one during which two men are attacking a woman on the street and dozens of women on bicycles with whistles come to chase the men away and comfort the woman. The women in the movie have different ideas about what can and should be done, but all know that it is up to them, because the government will not take care of it. The movie shows women organizing in meetings, doing radio shows, creating art, wheatpasting, putting a condom on a penis, wrapping raw chicken at a processing plant, etc. The film portrays a world rife with violence against women, high female unemployment, and government oppression. The women in the film start to get together to make a bigger impact, by means that some would call terrorism.

Ultimately, after both radio stations are burned down, broadcasting from a van, Honey and Isabel team up with the Women's army, which sends a group of terrorists to interrupt a broadcast of the President of the United States proposing that women be paid to do housework, followed by bombing the antenna on top of the World Trade Center to prevent additional such destructive messages from the mainstream.

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