Rooftop Cinema: Born In Flames

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States

A veritable smorgasbord of intersecting media narratives, Lizzie Borden's 1983 feature Born In Flames takes place at a dystopian intersection of politics, class, race, gender, and art. The film concerns itself with the revolutionary plottings of the "Women's Army" in the wake of an African American activist's suspicious death in police captivity, with events boiling over before the credits roll. Summed up in Rooftop Cinema's program notes as a "comic fantasy," this overlooked indie gem is about as explosive as it is funny, and feels frighteningly prescient given our current administration's feelings towards dissidents. —Chris Lay